Laura Risk: Scottish and Québécois fiddling.

"Laura Risk's fiddle is a revelation and achingly beautiful." - Ken Burns, Grammy-winning filmmaker

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Triptych at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis.


"Another Voyage." For Nirmal Mondol, at the VOM 30th anniversary concert.











What's new...

Douglastown CDDouglastown: Music and Song from the Gaspé Coast

I co-produced this CD for the village of Douglastown, Quebec, on the Gaspé coast. It is a portrait of the unique musical culture of Douglastown, from the early 20th century to the 1980s, and comes with a bilingual 56-page booklet. 46 tracks in total: lots of fiddlers, plus songs, accordion, harmonica, guitar, pump organ, stepdancing, spoken anecdotes, etc. Available for purchase and download via the Douglastown Community Centre, at CDBaby or at Thirty Below. More info via the Community Centre website, and the blog of Glenn Patterson (co-producer of the CD) and Brian Morris.

McGill University and Canal Savoir television teamed up on this excellent video segment about the Douglastown project:

Glengarry CollectionNow available: The Glengarry Collection: The Highland Fiddle Music of Aonghas Grant VOLUME 2

This is the second and final volume of a collection featuring the music and stories of renowned Scottish Highland fiddler Aonghas Grant. I had the great honor of collaborating with Aonghas, Boston fiddler Barbara McOwen and Stirling-based ethnomusicologist Peggy Duesenberry on this project over the last few years, and I am thrilled to announce that Volume 2 is now available on the Mel Bay website.
"The book contains 188 additional slow airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs and hornpipes. Accompanying stories, history and photographs provide additional background to the tunes. This collection focuses on the core of Grant's music - Highland fiddling, and its connections to pipe tunes and Gaelic songs. Some of these tunes have never been published before, while others are only available in out-of-print books and pipe settings. The collection also includes a number of tunes composed by Grant, and ones composed in his honor. The tunes are fully chorded in a style representative of Grant's band experience. Transcriptions of his bowings, grace notes and stories provide insight into his playing style. Accompanying photos richly illustrate Grant's music, including images of musicians, family, and scenes from his various careers. The accompanying video includes recordings of Grant's impromptu and passionate performances, featuring 81 selections."
Available online from Mel Bay. Volume 1 is also available, here. For more about Aonghas Grant, see his website.

CD store

Website store: Teaching CDs available as digital downloads

I have a website store where you can purchase Triptych, 2000 Miles, Les Joueurs de Bon Accord and my two-disc teaching sets, Tunes 2001 and Tunes 2003. Everything is available as digital downloads; most are also still available as hard copies.


Ginger SmockResearch page: Ginger Smock / The Chop

I recently finished up the PhD program in musicology at McGill University. I've added a web page about my research interests. Now featured: Los Angeles jazz violinist Ginger Smock. I've also posted a PDF of my article on the diffusion of the chop.