Top Ten Fiddle Players
The Top Ten
Charlie owns this award from "Orange Blossom Special" alone - and that's not even his best work.
Undeniably the one of greatest fiddle players of all time.
Damn good fiddle player
Blown away at his fiddling skillsV 23 Comments
Justin Branum has an ear like none other. He breathes the fiddle in his life. You can hear it in his playing. He pays homage to every single one of the greats, and to the great pedal steel guitar! Yeah! Big Full sound. Justin Branum translates those crazy wavy melodies--full of all the intervalic capabilities to be silly and expressive in Its song to sing. Justin Branum is the Grand Master Fiddler Champion 2010. This year, He was awarded first place as the "Show Me State's" Best Rhythm Guitar Player in Missouri. He's in the book just recently published called Play me something fast and devilish about Missouri style fiddle playing. He is an amazingly precise player who shines alone in his Western Swing style. Colorful and virtuosic solos drive, with a groove, a rhythm, and a force that begs to be set apart by its very nature of mystery, as well as the simple purity, love, and honesty from the heart through which the music pours. A man of excellence who is an open vessel for the music ...more
Justin is a wonderful player and a fantastic human being. Justin is a young man with an old soul. He is knowledgeable about all styles of music and is a master of them all. The fiddling world will be hearing his name for decades to come.
Why isn't Howard Forrester on the list? Also, where does Gordon Terry rate?
Very good player and teacherV 1 Comment
I've had the pleasure of having Hyram and his wife Lori as friends for many years. You will never meet a better couple, no ego just great people. Hyram has played music in all types of settings and always brings his creative genius to the music. Hyram is not only the best fiddle player - bar none- but produces not only the one of a kind music he writes but brings out the best in other artist music he produces. No matter where you put Hyram, stage- recording studio- writing music - movie themes- supporting other artist or playing lead, Hyram is simple the best. Listen to Hyram's music- it soothes the Soul. God Bless Hyram and Lori.
I've had the honor to do 1000 sessions around the country and I've played with some really great musicians and on some really great records in my time...I recently played guitar on Hyram's new record and he's amazing, to say the least. Him and I are going to doing a fiddle/guitar album soon and I can't wait to get started! Having said that...
To me, music is not just about what you do but what you don't do and knowing when to do either... What I mean to say is there is bound to be fiddle players who can play faster, play more notes and put in more flash than Hyram. But what I've not seen is many who can make every note drip with soul and passion like he can! Hyram doesn't play for the money because he knows that that is something that comes and goes! He plays simply because he LOVES it-every bit of it! Money and fame are fleeting things but heart and soul is forever! And that's why I feel he's the best I ever heard and played with! I love Hyram and his wife Lori and have loved them ...more
To listen to Hyram play live is the most transcending experience you could have just by just listing to his music, he has a way of putting you in the music and takes you with him on a journey as he plays. He truly has a gift and I thank him for sharing it with the world. To know this gifted individual, it would be hard to find a bigger heart and kinder person then Hyram Posey. I wish him all the best.
Hyram has been honing his craft for more than 40 years and has made a career of playing, composing, and arranging songs. He is a master of his craft and well respected in the music community.V 28 Comments
Johnny has Western swing soul and knows what melody is even if he is playing harmony or is complimenting a vocalist. He has played on concerts and sessions for me... Gospel singer David Ingles.
There are many great/excellent fiddle players. However, johnny can do it all with grace...WoW!
Haven't heard Gimble's tone quality and perfection from any of the others mentioned here.
One word describes Johnny Gimble. SM-O-O-O-T-H. Can't be beat when it comes to style. My Dad, God rest his soul, was the best, and being Canadian, was partial to Don Messer, but always said that God had given Johnny the greatest gift...to be able to play with heavenly hosts.V 8 Comments
Stuart is the tastiest fiddler I've ever heard. SMOOTH!
He is simply amazing!
Saw him last nite w/Diana Krall--he stole the show!V 1 Comment
He was my first teacher... I was 3!... And I am now 35! Very good man! Absolutely brilliant Mr. Kenny... The Shaffer twins from Lindsay Hollow have ALWAYS admired you! TOP notch across any genre of music!
Actually there are about eight fiddle players that handle all the session work in Nashville and Kenny Sears is one of them. He is also classically trained.
My Dad was a fiddle player. He had a great ear. I never heard him comment to much about anyone's playing...except for Kenny Sears who he scheduled his entire day around being able to watch Mr. Sears play on the Ralph Emery Show for years! On top of that Mr. Sears is one of the sweetest, kindest and most humble fellows around.
There is no question Kenny Sears!V 3 Comments
This guy has the most tasty solos of any man alive. If you really want to see this guys talent, check out his live performance with Tony Rice and Bela Fleck of "Freeborn Man. "
I have meet him 2 times now and he by far is the best and should be in first! He plays with such much comfort in his eyes! He is my roll model for fiddling
He is the greatest fiddle player by far not only is the greatest fiddle player he also masters in guitar, mandolin...
Awesome!V 10 Comments
Seriously, why don't I see his name here. He is one of the best Nashville Studio musicians and appears on countless albums by all the favorite stars and others. Truly a master of the fiddle!V 1 Comment
You don't have to be from Texas to know that Bob Wills is still the king.
Bob wills is without a doubt the beginning of modern country fiddle playing. His single string style was perfect for having two and three part harmony.The king of Western Swing
Byron Berline is AMAZING! I got to meet him last year in Weiser, Idaho and he's one of the BEST fiddlers I have ever heard! I took a workshop from him, and he was really nice to autograph the three cds and fiddle book I bought from him. He didn't make me feel like a "nobody". I even got my picture taken with him!
This guy is pretty awesome! I got to meet him personally in Kansas when he was playing in a show, and since I haven't heard any other fiddlers really, then I think that he is the best! By the way, who on earth is Hugh Farr?
Are you kidding? This guy needs to be at the top of the list and he is only third! Well, so is life, but this guy is the BEST! I heard him play in Nashville, and he is GREAT!
Byron is an incredible fiddle player. in my opinion he should be punching in there are 1 or 2V 6 Comments
Best fiddle player I've ever heard
Best fiddle player ever! Comes from a great family!
Saw him at Station Inn in Nashville... Unreal!
Should be number 1V 1 Comment
Saw him in '74 and I never forgot how he made people just want to get up and dance, whether they know how or not - his music is totally awesome... Love, love him.
If ever anyone can put heart and soul in music its Doug Kershaw, most amazing fiddler player ever!
Love his god-given talent vocally & instrumentally - THE BEST FIDDLER EVER!
Absolutely! Personality makes him so damn huge. That is what fiddlin' is all about folks!V 5 Comments
Hey, what gives? Rufus was only considered to be the "WORLD'S GREATEST CAJUN AND Texas SWING FIDDLE PLAYER EVER" and he isn't on your list! Once when asked, Johnny Gimble named him as the best! He also played with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, not to mention the hundreds of country greats that he did session work for! He played on the famed "Louisiana Hayride" before joining the Grand Old Opry in 1956. He played with all the greats but primarily with Jimmy C. Newman. Later, he joined Neil Young's band the "International Harvesters". (That man could play anything! ) It was during this time that Kenny Sears filled in for him with Newman's band. Take it from someone who had the honor and privilege to hear and see him perform live, not one fiddler has ever made a fiddle laugh or cry, literally weep like the late great Rufus Thibodeaux!
Best fiddle player ever to live. Self taught and has the best ear in the business.
He is my grandpa. He never was out of toon, and he made some awesome songs
Grand ole Opry fiddler... One of the Best!
jooV 4 Comments
No brainer. Yes, yes, yes! He was jazz fiddler! The best ever.
What about Stephen Grapelli? If we're talking about great fiddle players,he learnt everything by ear as a gypsy jazz fiddler and yet even the great classical violinist yehudi Menhuin was in awe of him
All Ireland fiddle champion six times. How was he not already on this list? Why is he so good at what he does? He plays from his heart, that's how! Give it a listen, and you too will bump this vote.
Tone, passion, the best, also very humble See what he has to say about the "lonesome touch"... A term "used to describe a person's music. The word lonesome expresses a sadness, a blue note, a sour note. Even though the music bares the trace of struggle and of pain, it is alsothe means of uplift, transcendence to joy and celebration"
I agree with what has been said about Martin
Top 5 of all time without a doubtV 2 Comments
He's definitely one of the most energetic and creative fiddlers well above the others
I would place him above all listed. In his prime no one can out play him
Fantastic fiddler! Charlie Daniels couldn't shine his shoes, but God bless them both
I haven't heard him in years, but in the 80s he was super!V 6 Comments
Under rated. This guy is good
Best fiddler of all time!
I just recentky heard of Tim. Excellent fiddler! I'm gonna try to look him up and find out where I can hear him.
Underrated. Can play with the best of all time
Jimmy is amazing. Should be ranked as a top 5
Jimmy De is the best! Listen to him play the Intro to Free by ZBB or Devil Went Down to Georgia and you will agree.
Jimmy is the best fiddle player
If Vassar Clements is only #24, this list is worthless. I consider him the greatest pop instrumentalist - yes, ANY INSTRUMENT - of the 20th century.
As was already stated he should be #1 or at least at very top of list, not # 24. This is past ridiculous!
#24? Listen to the Circle album and then let me know
Vassar’s the best. Too bad there’s not more recordings of him (and that he played that terrible sounding electric). Incredible technique. So many thirds, in 2nd, 4th etc positionsV 2 Comments
This guy takes regular fiddle tunes and uses his limited classical education to really make something out of them. He wrote a book full of fiddle tunes he collected, and I hear he still plays with the orchestra. He used to run a mandolin orchestra, and he was in bluegrass bands, Irish bands, Scottish bands, country bands -- and that's not to mention all of the fiddle-contest prizes he is reputed to have won. This guy gets my vote, that's all.
I have had the great opportunity of playing with Mark for 8 years. Great inspiration and teacher as well as an awesome fiddler. One of the easiest fiddlers to accompany that I have ever played with.
Mark is a phenomenon. Lighting fast and dead on accurate. I've enjoyed working with Mark for many years and have always been in awe of his showmanship and ability to wow the audience.
I've known Mark since 1963 and I swear he was born with a fiddle in his hands.V 1 Comment
Hugh Farr was AWESOME! One of the greatest violinists of all time said his bowing arm was the best in the world! If it wasn't for his choice to stay with the SOTP he could well have become one of the most famous fiddlers around. He deserves to be much better known than he is.
Many people don't know who Hugh Farr, one of the members of the original Sons of the Pioneers, is. He was one of the best fiddlers in history!
Best sense of rhythm and swing - so that makes him the best. Pity he stuck with the SOPT.V 1 Comment
Thanks for always playing clean and right!
Glad Nicky's on the list. He deserves to be. Excellent musician and performer.
Fabulous with Steve martin + Martin Short show!
I just heard Nicky perform at Dollywood tonight, with the rest of the band. He is a very gifted violinist. I could listen to his playing all day. The rest of the band is very talented too. Don't miss an opportunity to see them
If you are given that chance- you won't regret it. 😊
Outstanding passion. Could listen for hours.
Maddening skill and speed
Bluegrass fiddle player of the year at least 8 times!
I am sure he is one of the best, especially that he cannot see... I think this anyway...
This guy is the real deal, probably lost count of all the awards he's won.
Simply the best in his style ever to the point of transcending stylesV 2 Comments
Not only does Alison sing like an angel...but she is the "fiddle" player on all of her recordings and live performances! She's amazing!
Love her voice!
Stop being male oriented. She is Fantastic! Try listening with an open mind.
She is the best fiddle player IN THE WORLD
Mairéad should be top 5 if not number 1! Best female player in the world, as far as I'm concerned.
Oustanding musician and so easy on the eyes, a real Irish pixie.V 1 Comment
There is absolutely no fiddle player that compares to Swarb. I do not believe there is anyone more acclaimed than this master of English Folk and former member of Fairport Convention.
Just terrific. My 2nd best. Dur why isn't Aly Bain here? Because he's in a different league maybe.
I met Bobby when he played with the Judy Lynn band in Reno Nevada & also
Did a fiew jobs with him in the 60's.
He is also a fine banjo picker & singer as well as a great person.
He was also part of that great Ricky Skaggs sound.
Great fiddle player from a wonderfully musical family!
Insanely talented and a wonderful, warm person as well.V 1 Comment
Terry was, by far, the gel between old-school masters and the younger masters of today. His song versions and his intricate bowing is unsurpassed.V 1 Comment
Pittsburgh local fiddle player
Has also won bluegrass fiddle player of the year. Plays for del mccoury.
One of the smoothest first generation fiddle players. just passed away in the last year or so.
Fiddler for Country Music Group Rascal Flatts from January 2002 - January 6, 2015.
My favorite fiddle player! He's the sweetest boy I ever met, too.V 2 Comments
Wonderful, expressive and energetic fiddler. Amazing warm, caring teacher and performer.
Best fiddler! Listen and you'll understand.
Great player and great person
Where is He from I knew a MacInnis from Chipman N.B.
I have seen and heard Eric for about 15 years. He even played at my dads funeral. Just plain awesome!
Mirabai Parnall started when she was five, and is perfect!
She is very good
Raw talent. Has an ear for the fiddle and can make it sing. You don't find natural talent like that anymore.
One of the best fidfle players out there. He was on the cover of Fiddlers Magazine in the summer of 2012.
He’s an extraordinary player. He wrote and arranged the music and played cello, viola, octave violin, and Violin on my project. It sounds like an Orchestra. He’s brilliant.
Greatest Fiddler of French-Canadian Music, but also combined elements of Scottish and Irish Fiddling. Certainly one of the greatest North American Fiddlers. Was a friend of Yehudi Menuhin.
Fabulous Bronx ex-river dance fiddler
Check out the little known Ace in thr Hole Band.
Texas Fiddler puts on a great show - also seen on Penny Gilley and other Branson places. Regular at Fiddler's Frolic Annual Texas Championships. Beautiful inside and out and a good friend.V 1 Comment
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