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Voyager Recordings & Publications
Traditional Fiddle and Acoustic Music From the Pacific Northwest & Beyond
We are sad to inform you that Phil Williams passed away in February, 2017. Vivian will carry on with Voyager for the time being.
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Voyager Recordings & Publications is an independent recording and publishing company founded by Phil & Vivian Williams in 1967 to issue recordings, tune books, and instructional materials of traditional acoustic fiddle and string band music from the Pacific Northwest and throughout North America. Presently, we have over seventy CDs in press presenting over eighty fiddlers from throughout North America. Our goal is to put out music that we like and that we think other people will enjoy, and to help share and perpetuate traditional fiddle and string band music, with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest and Far West of North America.
of Voyager Compact Discs - To view our CDs, either by looking at our complete catalog by our issue number,
or by regional styles or artists on our label, click this link. The separate catalogs by region or style are as follows.
Northwest Fiddlers - Fiddle Jam Sessions; Neil Johnston's Mixed Bag; Bob Simmons, Remembering;, Joe Pancerzewski, Legendary Northwest Fiddler; Gil Kiesecker: Dance Fiddler from the Blue Mountains; Gil Kiesecker: Blue Mountain Memories; Floyd Engstrom; Kitsap County Fiddler; Vivian Williams: Fiddler; Vivian Williams: Starry Nights & Candlelight; Vivian & Phil Williams: Live; Phil & Vivian Williams: Dance Music of the Oregon Trail; Howard Marshall & Phil & Vivian Williams: Fiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era; Tenino Old Time Music Festival; Pioneer Dance Music of the Far West; Fiddling Down the Oregon Trail; Tunes from the Peter Beemer Manuscript; Tunes from the Haynes Family Manuscript; Phil Williams; The Mandolin Players Pastime.
Bluegrass - Barbara Lamb, Vivian Williams: Twin Sisters; Tall Timber: Encore; Vivian Williams, Harley Bray, Phil Willlams: Winter Moon; Williams & Bray
International Fiddling - Jeff Anderson - Fiddling in the Family Tradition; Jeff & Jane Anderson; Nordic Spirit; Jeff & Jane Anderson - Burning Barrel Fiddle; Tunes from the John Neilson Music Book (Scotland, 1875).
South East & Missouri Old Time Music - Skilletlickers - A Corn Likker Still in Georgia; Kenny Hall and the Long Haul String Band; Jim Herd: Old Time Ozark Fiddling; Howard Marshall & John Williams: Fiddling Missouri; Lee Stripling: Hogs Picking Up Acorns; Leroy Canaday: Old Dan Tucker was a Fine Old Man; Billy Lee: Up Jumped the Devil; Carthy Sisco: Rugged Road; John White: Nine Miles of Dry & Dusty; Allen Hart: Old Time Banjo; Travis Inman: Missouri Fiddler: Cliff Bryan: Got a Little Home to Go To. Two CD Set Pete McMahan: 50 Old-Time Fiddle Gems.
Texas /Oklahoma Fiddling - Benny Thomason: Say Old Man Can You Play the Fiddle; Gary Lee Moore: Uncle Pig.
Canadian and New England Fiddling - Gerry Robichaud: Down East Fiddling; Grant Lamb: Manitoba Fiddler; Louis Boudreault: Old Time Fiddler of Chicoutimi,Quebec; Myllie Barron: Fiddler on the Loose; Myllie Barron: Riding on a Handcar.
Cajun - Marc Savoy, Dewey Balfa, D. L. Menard: Made in Louisiana - Cajun Accordion Music.
Gospel Instrumentals - Floyd Engstrom: Old Time Gospel Favorites; The Gospel According to Rick Ruskin and Vivian Williams.
How to Order. - The price for our CDs is $15.00 plus shipping, unless otherwise stated. To order a CD online using PayPal, or by mail, click here.
Instruction Materials, Tune Books, Articles This page has links to the following:
Repertoire Builder A set of materials to learn new tunes for fiddle and mandolin. These include 25 Hoedowns & Reels for Square & Contra Dances; 25 Waltzes; 25 Couple Dances: Schottisches, Polkas,Two-Steps, & Pattern Dances.
Tune books for fiddle and mandolin.
Historical dance fiddling manuscripts from the Victorian Far West and Scotland, and tunes and dances from the Overland Trail. This is a glimpse into the lost dance music of the piioneer Far West and Victorian Scotland. These manucripts were discovered and published by Vivian Williams, and are range in difficultly from easy to quite demanding. Many of the tunes have not been performed for over 100 years. These manuscripts have uncovered the real history of dance music in the pioneer West.
The Peter Beemer Manuscript - 124 tunes, from the Idaho mining town of Warren's Diggins, 1860s.
The Haynes Family Manuscript - 64 tunes from Oregon's Willamette Valley, started by three families that came there over the Oregon Trail in the 1840s and '50s.
The Aurora Violin Manuscripts - 169 tunes played by the quadrille bands of the 19th century Aurora Colony, Oregon.
The John Neilson Music Book - 120 tunes written out by fiddlers in the mining town of Culhill, Scotland, dated 1875.
Other tune books::
The Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes series are tunes collected by Vivian Williams from fiddlers who wrote them in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.
151 Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes
141 Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes
169 Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes
The Mandolin Player's Pastime - 140 traditional tunes that are fun to play on the mandolin, compiled by Phil Williams with music and tab.
Pleasures of Home - Rare Fiddle Tunes 1882 -1930 - Tunes transcribed by Alvy Osborn in his barbershop in Minot, ND, a major jam location for visiting fiddlers.
Songs and Dances of the Oregon Trail - 60 Songs and Dance Tunes in Standard Music Notation, with suggested chords. History of the tunes, quotes about the music and dancingon the Trail from pioneer journals and accounts, and instructions for seventeen dances and play party games. Includes music and dance from the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails,collectively, the "Overland Trail," and early pioneer communities.
Missouri Fiddling History, with CDs:
Now That's a Good Tune - Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling. The Revised Edition of the classic documentary book and recordings produced by the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Missouri, Columbia, first published on LP records in 1989. Book with the stories of thirteen of the most influential Missouri fiddlers, and two Compact Discs of forty-nine tunes performed by these fiddlers.
Articles - This page links to many articles of interest to fiddlers, musicians, and dance players.
Washington Fiddlers Project Panel Discussion - A transcript of the panel discussion at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunesl, Port Townsend, Washington, July 2, 1986, as a part of the Washington Fiddlers Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. This panel discussion includes a selection of some of the most prominent Washington State fiddlers at that time, moderated and conducted by Washington State Folklorist, Jens Lund; Alan Jabbour from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; Frank Ferrel, Director of the Festival of American Fiddle tunes; and Vivian Williams, chief field researcher for the project. This is a long article, but well worth reading to get an insight into the traditional fiddling in Washington and where it came from. There are some great stories and funny anecdotes in this transcript!
Northwest Pioneer Fiddlers by Vivian Williams- A compilation of known 19th century fiddlers in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and British Columbia, with histories, tunes played,and photos. This is a work in progress.
Early Bluegrass in Western Washington and the Pacific Northwest - A personal account by Phil Williams
The Essential Fiddle Tune Books, by Vivian Williams
So You Think You Can't Play by Ear, by Vivian Williams
The Circle of Fifths, by Vivian Williams
Jam Session Etiquette, by Vivian Williams
Relaxed Picking on Guitar and Mandolin, by Phil Williams
Tendinitis Problems of Musicians - Identification, Prevention, Treatment, by Phil Williams
Playing For Old Time Dances, by Vivian and Phil Williams
Voyager Recordings - Article in The Devil's Box, Summer 1994
Lewis Clark Expedition Journal Quotes About Fiddling and Dancing, by Phil and Vivian Williams
Making Gut Fiddle Strings, by Heron Allen
The Sound Post, by Heron Allen
The Origin of the Jim Crow Tune From the New-York Mirror, 1841 (as published)
Click on "Northwest Fiddle Field Recordings Selections" to play selections from our field recordings of fiddlers made in the Pacific Northwest, in mp3 format, and to learn something about the fiddlers and the many types of fiddling found in this region. This is an ongoing project and will be added to as we continue to go through our extensive field recording archives. There is a link from this page to a "Fiddler Histories" page where more extensive information about some of the fiddlers can be found. There are currently 325 tunes from 110 fiddlers recorded in the Pacific Northwest, including recordings of some fiddlers from elsewhere who came to this region. All are freely downloadable.
Jam Sessions at the Williams, Seattle - The Williams house in Seattle has seen many fiddle jams sessions, some of which have been recorded. Starting in 2002, there has been a regular monthly jam session on the first Wednesday of every month, open to all who show up. The fiddlers range from beginners to experts. All fiddle styles are welcome. The jam is completely non-competitive, with a focus on supporting and encouraging each other. As of about two years ago, over 1,500 different tunes have been played at this jam session. Some of these jam session have been recorded. There are mp3 music files of 76 tunes from some of these jam sessions at the Williams house, Seattle, freely downloadable.
Vivian and Phil Williams, proprietors of Voyager Recordings, for information about them and the history of Voyager Recordings, and the recordings they have made.
How to Order our CDs, Books, and Instruction
Materials - You may order online using PayPal or by mail.
Video Links - Videos online of Voyager artists and other fiddlers.
Links - Other traditional fiddle and related music web sites. There are links to 215 videos as of March 21, 2012.
Contact Us! - How to reach us by email, mail, telephone, or fax.
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Voyager Recordings & Publications, 424 - 35th Avenue, Seattle,
phone (206) 323-1112
Last updated Janurary 5, 2017