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May 16 is World Fiddle Day

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The mighty fiddle gets its own world-wide day of recognition, when fiddlers around the world gather to play and share the joy of this powerful instrument.

by Dan Gabel
May 14, 2015

Since 2012, the Saturday closest to May 19 has been deemed World Fiddle Day, a time for people who play and appreciate the fiddle to gather together, play music, and educate others about the joys of fiddling and of violin-family instruments. This year, World Fiddle Day is Saturday, May 16, and you can keep up with all of the happenings through the Facebook page dedicated to the event.

Caoimhín Mac Aoidh, a fiddler from Donegal, Ireland, conceived of the day and enlisted the help of Fiddler Magazine editor Mary Larsen in getting the word out, and a movement was born. Why May 19? According to World Fiddle Day's website, the organizers wanted to maximize the possibilities for cooperative weather in both hemispheres while commemorating the day of the month that Antonio Stradivari died.

Even national governments are heeding the call. In 2014, Canadian Senator Elizabeth Hubley introduced legislation to make the third Saturday in May Canada's official National Fiddling Day to coincide with World Fiddle Day. Measure S-218, "An Act Respecting National Fiddling Day," passed with a unanimous vote and resulted in elected officials fiddling in celebration in the Senate chambers (see video below).

We invite all Pegheads, regardless of their instrument preferences, to take time on Saturday to play a fiddle tune, hug their favorite fiddler, and introduce a lucky soul to the joys of putting a bow to strings. And tell us how you're celebrating World Fiddle Day in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

And you can sign up for any of our fiddle courses this weekend and get your first month free with the promo code "Fiddle" at checkout.

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