Fiddler's Throne (The)

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FIDDLER'S THRONE, THE. American, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Alstead, New Hampshire, fiddler Randy Miller. "In smaller taverns, barrooms and parlors would be cleared of furniture to make room for 20 or 30 couples. (Dances offered the only occasions other than official business on which women who were not travelling could legitimately come to a tavern.) One striking feature found in a number of New England taverns was a 'fiddler's throne'-a built-in raised platform that allowed a musician-or other performer-to be more easily seen and heard by the audience" (Jack Larkin, "New England Taverns: The Past and Future," Old Sturbridge Visitor, Winter, 1998, p. 10).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 155, p. 100.

Recorded sources: RM-1C, Randy Miller - "Lore of the Fingerboard" (1990).




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