Fiddle-L Anthology 1999

A Tour 'Round The World Of Fiddling

Performer Bio


9.

Lawrence J. (Larry) Warren, Brookfield, NH (ljwarren@worldpath.net)

Larry was born December 7, 1955, in Wolfeboro, Carroll County, New Hampshire. He attended a Vo Tech college and is now an administrative assistant. He is a member of Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire.

HERITAGE, HISTORY, LESSONS, FAVORITE TUNE

Larry's mother, who came from Wolfeboro, NH, is of French Canadian heritage. His father, of Dutch origin, came from Lynne, Massachussetts. Larry is the first in his family to play the fiddle; he started in September of 1994, while in Brookfield. He is essentially self-taught, as he did not learn from private, or informal lessons. The first tune Larry learned was Soldier's Joy, which he got from another fiddler. He names Pigeon on the Gate as a current favorite, and he especially enjoys the rendition that Simon St. Pierre plays. Larry's favorite fiddler is Jerry Holland.

TYPES OF TUNES, INSTRUMENTS, VENUES

Larry enjoys playing jigs, marches, and strathspeys, and he has played for dances. His preferred accompaniment is the guitar.

FIDDLE CONTESTS

Although he does not play in contests, Larry enjoys going if there are jams.

STYLE

Larry's style is "Just my own, I don't try to copy anyone and NEVER try to follow anyone's bowing pattern, even on strathspeys. Probably why I'll never be good at it. :-)" Larry cites Ryan Thompson as an early influence on his own style. Irish, Scottish, and French Canadian styles are predominant in Larry's home region.

THE INSTRUMENT

The Strad style violin Larry plays came from Germany. He describes its tone as loud, with a deep bass. He uses a shoulder rest and prefers Dominant strings. His bow is a Dupre.

WHY DO YOU PLAY THE FIDDLE?

Larry plays the fiddle for perhaps the most compelling reasons: "Because I enjoy the music and love to jam with other musicians."

THE TUNES

Larry learned The Unknown Reel from sheet music, and he wrote Hollyhock Jig, both in 1997. His backup is played by Rominy Jergens. "I met Rominy at the weekly Irish session at Biddy Muligens in dover, NH. We jam together as often as we can."