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Newmarket Duets

by Ryan Thomson

Instrumental duets of traditional and original tunes using instruments which include: fiddle, chromatic harmonica, guitar, wooden flute, celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, accordion, tenor banjo, cajun triangle, Guiro, Jaw Harp, and rhythm bones.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jr's Jig (feat. Dave Hallowell)
2:41 album only
2. Kitchen Gal / Growling Old Man and Woman (feat. David Surette)
2:55 album only
3. New Hampshire Hornpipe / The Long Winding Road to Elkins (feat. Don Wessels)
3:28 album only
4. Sean's Squeezebox (feat. Paul Mansion)
2:26 album only
5. Arkansas Traveler / Soldier's Joy (feat. David Surette)
3:21 album only
6. Shee Beg Shee Mor (feat. Mary Paul)
2:25 album only
7. Tunes from Quebec (feat. Steve Brown)
3:41 album only
8. Purple Lilies (feat. Bob Paul)
2:13 album only
9. Port Arthur Stomp (feat. Paul Mansion)
3:07 album only
10. Cannaught Man's Rambles / My Darling Asleep (feat. Don Wessels)
2:05 album only
11. Give Me Your Hand (feat. Regina Delaney)
1:55 album only
12. The Dangerous Jig (feat. Steve Brown)
2:10 album only
13. Sole's Reel (feat. Fred Carne)
1:58 album only
14. Funky Jig (feat. Conor Makem)
1:47 album only
15. Red Haired Boy (feat. Steve Brown)
1:52 album only
16. Shannon's Slip / The Butterfly (feat. Dave Hallowell)
4:01 album only
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Album Notes
Ryan Thomson is a music and dance professional who has been honored by inclusion on both the Traditional and Touring Artist rosters of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He is a past winner of the Northeastern USA Regional award at the National Fiddle Contest and is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches weekly on fiddle, banjo, wooden flute, piano, accordion, pennywhistle, ukulele, and other instruments. You can watch and listen to his performances on these instruments on his You Tube channel. In his spare time he enjoys playing chamber music in an amateur classical ensemble. He is available to contribute his musical talent to charitable organizations. As an eligible NEST grant artist his performances for non-profit organizations can be funded up to 50% through NEFA (New England Foundation for the Arts). He studied science at San Diego State University, then attended the University of New Hampshire where he taught a credit course in the Psychology of Music while a graduate student. He acquired the nick name "Captain Fiddle," from his co-workers on college radio WUNH where he played his fiddle live on his fiddling and folk music show for several years. He continued on radio with a regular Sunday night show on National Public Radio WEVO.In the early 1980's he passed an audition to play in an award winning Nashville based country band and toured the eastern states from Mississippi to Maine. He twice received the nomination for "Country Fiddler of the Year," from the Massachusetts Country Music Association. In 1994 he won a Boston Music Awards nomination for Best Ethnic/International Act for his accordion playing while leading the Crawdad Wranglers cajun and zydeco band which has been playing for cajun dancers in New England for over 20 years. Ryan was invited in 2000 as a special guest artist to perform at the Celebrate New Hampshire Festival sponsored by the Smithsonian. In 2003 he was hired to tutor fiddle at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Washington. After years of searching libraries from coast to coast he had discovered that no general book about folk fiddling existed. He decided to fill that niche and in 1985 founded Captain Fiddle Publications by authoring his first book, The Fiddler's Almanac, a general reference source about fiddlers and fiddling which can be presently found in over 3000 libraries in the United States and Canada. He has since authored numerous fiddling and fiddle books, recordings, and instructional DVD videos on various musical topics. Ryan's works have received top reviews from the American Library Association and many other music publications. His solo clawhammer banjo CD, Great Bay Stomp, has received excellent reviews, for example. In 1990 Ryan developed focal dystonia, a genetic disease which temporarily prevented him from playing his violin. He overcame his disability by devising a musician's cure for focal dystonia. He converted his fiddle to left handed, relearned to play violin, and earned his first trophy playing violin left handed at the Southern Vermont Scottish Highland Games.His experiences have made him an excellent fiddle teacher and workshop leader and he has been invited to speak at disability forums including VSA. His research into handedness has resulted in the publication of an informative documentary work on the history and practice of musicians who play violin left handed - "Playing Violin and Fiddle Left Handed." He has also authored several instructional videos for left handed musicians including - Left Handed Fiddling for Beginners. and Left handed banjo playing. For the past several years Ryan has been actively performing with his son Brennish as the Fiddling Thomsons. They won the Twin Fiddling award at Lowell National Historic Park in 2010, and perform widely to far flung places such as England, California, and China. In 2019 one of Ryan's claw hammer banjo recordings was selected to be included in the documentary - Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music, airing on PBS, Friday, August 30, 2019.



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