Tribute is the latest CD of fiddle music from master fiddle/violin player Jim McKillop This latest album is actually a double CD as it contains (23) tracks (containing 30 tunes) of a variety of fiddle styles including Irish & Scottish traditional tunes, beautiful Waltzes and Irish slow Airs, American and Classical music etc. Accompanied by the extremely talented guitarist Pat Conroy (long time accompanist to the late great Sean Maguire) and James Quinn on Piano/Bass, this CD demonstrates once again why so many people consider Jim McKillop to be a world class player with a unique talent for expressive and emotional playing as well as technical expertise. Biographical Information Jim McKillop was born in the village of Cushendall, located in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, Ireland. From an early age, he was interested in playing music, beginning with the Accordion and later Guitar and Banjo. He joined the Merchant Navy as a Marine Engineer: a career which took him all over the world. At the age of 26, he became interested in the fiddle and just four years later (without formal tuition), he won in the same year the three most important Irish Traditional Fiddling competitions in Ireland, i.e., The All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil (Senior Title), The Fiddler of Aileach and Fiddler of Oriel competitions. His interest in many styles of music and in particular the music and technique of Fritz Kreisler, (whom he first heard on Count John McCormack recordings), led him to explore the technical requirements necessary for good tone production, and fingerboard positions other than first position. However, because of his marine career and the relatively late age at which he began his fiddle studies, Jim had no access to violin tuition. He overcame these difficulties by using his mechanical knowledge which combined with his artistic capability enabled him to gradually develop a unique system of violin/fiddle studies designed to produce the full and colourful tone for which he is justifiably famous. This system of violin/fiddle tuition is known as the JMcK method. The result is that Jim's live performances and recordings have been described by music critics as 'emotionally charged', 'an 'outstanding talent', 'a virtuoso fiddle player', and 'a man whose soul sings through his music'.
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