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Fiddle and Flattop

by The Gillian Brothers

The Gillian Brothers, Steve (fiddle) and Russell (guitar) of Chandler, Oklahoma play fiddle tunes.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sally Goodin
2:54 $0.99
2. I Don't Love Nobody
2:47 $0.99
3. Fiddler's Waltz
2:32 $0.99
4. Done Gone
2:18 $0.99
5. Gray Eagle
3:44 $0.99
6. Salt River
2:29 $0.99
7. Cotton Patch Rag
2:15 $0.99
8. Dixie Breakdown
1:28 $0.99
9. Festival Waltz
1:39 $0.99
10. Lonesome Fiddle Blues
3:04 $0.99
11. Trombone Rag
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
June typically brings very hot weather to Nashville, Tennessee. It also brings together the very best fiddlers in North America to compete in the Grand Masters Fiddlers Contest. It was at this contest that I first met Steve and Russell Gillian “face-to-face.” (Before then I had only heard their music on records.) To say the least it was a memorable experience . . . These two brothers made some of the most fantastic music I’ve been privileged to hear. The many years of practicing really showed then, as it will when you listen to this album. (As one of their wives put it, “One of them thinks something and the other one does it.”)
Steve started fiddling when he was nine years old. Russell started his musical career, with the mandolin at age five. One year later when Steve was 10 and Russell was 6, they played for their first dance. As teenagers, the brothers divided their playing time between square dances, and radio and television appearances. In 1957 Steve, accompanied by Russell, was the youngest “old-time” fiddler to participate in the National Folk Festival in Oklahoma City. Somewhere in between all of this they still found time for hobbies such as go-cart racing and water skiing.
Since then they’ve married, started families, and begun careers (both brothers teach band in the public schools in the Chandler, Oklahoma area ten months each year). Never-the-less, they continue to make public appearances, enter fiddle and guitar contests, and spend as much time as possible in their recording studio (besides recording and engineering their own records, they also provide complete recording services for others).
With Steve on fiddle and Russell on guitar the Gillians have fared exceedingly well at contests. Among his titles, Steve can claim; the 1975 Oklahoma State Championship, the 1976 Nebraska Open Bicentennial Championship, the 1977 Kentucky State Championship. Perhaps his greatest accomplishments have been at the Grand Masters Contests. Here he has placed among the top ten three years in a row (1976, 1977, and 1978!) Besides providing backup for Steve’s fiddling, Russell has added numerous guitar-picking trophies to his own collection. Among these are ones from; the World Flattop Guitar Contest (Memphis, 1975, 4th place), Kiamichi Flattop Pickin’ Contest (1976, 1st place), Round Springs Park Bluegrass Festival (Disney, Oklahoma, 1977, 1st Place), and Beavers’ Bend State Park Flattop Contest (Broken Bow, Oklahoma, 1977, 1st Place).
Playing hoedowns for square dances for fifteen years has been a major influence in the development of the “Gillian” style. Certainly, this gave the brothers ample time and opportunity to develop new chord structures and variations. As a consequence, the Gillian Brothers, unlike many musicians, are not “locked into” a regional mold or style of playing. As you listen to this album you will be able to hear traces of Southeastern-, Texas-, and Swing-Style fiddling; and bluegrass and old-time guitar stylings. In short the Gillians do not feel compelled to play in a particular style whether it be for contests judges or concerts. They play to please and satisfy themselves, and in so doing they have opened up an entire new vista of listening pleasure for their audiences.

1 Sally Goodin 2:51
2 I Don’t Love Nobody 2:44
3 Fiddler’s Waltz 2:29
4 Done Gone 2:12
5 Gray Eagle 3:42
6 Salt River 2:25
7 Cotton Patch Rag 2:11
8 Dixie Breakdown 1:24
9 Festival Waltz 1:35
10 Lonesome Fiddle Blues 3:00
11 Trombone Rag 3:21

Produced by: Russell and Steve Gillian, and Steve Davis



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