Give me happy violin music!
March 19, 2012 12:02 AM   Subscribe

Give me happy violin music!

I'm looking for light, upbeat, complex fiddling; stuff that hops, skips and trips over itself.


Snowbird (beginning at 1:35)

Hobo's Blues

and honestly, this made me supremely happy.

Looking for more! (Also, reviewing the above songs, I think it's the juxtaposition of upbeat and melancholy that I'm digging. If that helps.)
posted by flod to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Check out Stephane Grappelli; he played with Django Reinhardt & he's awesome. Also, the Dave Grisman Quintet sometimes features a similar violinist--Darol Anger, I think.
posted by Lettuce_Leaves at 12:28 AM on March 19, 2012

Best answer: Pretty much anything by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, particularly "Hit 'Im up Style." and "Cornbread and Butterbeans."
posted by spunweb at 1:47 AM on March 19, 2012 [3 favorites]

Oh, and Lindsey Stirling is full of exuberance. Here's her doing dubstep and covering "Party Rock."
posted by spunweb at 1:52 AM on March 19, 2012

Oh, and there's also Aston's pop covers:

Born This Way

Rude Boy


are imo their stand out covers, but the whole album is pretty awesome and available for free DL at their site.
posted by spunweb at 1:56 AM on March 19, 2012

This may be a little poppier than you're looking for, but you can't get much more exuberant than Vanessa Mae's Contradanza. You might also enjoy the bittersweet quality of Happy Valley.
posted by zanni at 2:56 AM on March 19, 2012

Best answer: off the top of my head : Regina Carter, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Sugarcane Harris. Florin nicolescu, and of course Jean-luc Ponty and Didier Lockwood. Stephane Grapelli + Django Reinhardt rule.
posted by nicolin at 3:00 AM on March 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I like the fiddle album Alisdair Fraser and Natalie Haas made together.

I just heard John Adams's "Road Movies" (violin and piano) performed and it is very joyous.
posted by mlle valentine at 7:11 AM on March 19, 2012

Best answer: Bob Wills
Chubby Wise

Kronos Quartet - El Llolar
posted by hydrophonic at 7:52 AM on March 19, 2012

Nthing Alisdair Fraser, he is incredible. and coming to Boston next month :):)
posted by Melismata at 8:01 AM on March 19, 2012

Natalie MacMaster!

Ashely MacIsaac does melancholy, and also wistful and also just rocks out.
posted by rtha at 8:59 AM on March 19, 2012

Best answer: Andrew Bird -- to match your first link, try any of his first couple "Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire" albums. His newest album is outrageously beautiful, but for the most part slower and sadder.
posted by bah213 at 6:18 PM on March 19, 2012

Response by poster: so good, all of this! thanks, everyone. :)
posted by flod at 10:48 PM on March 19, 2012

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