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Voyager Compact Discs
Voyager's catalogs of its compact discs
We have over sixty CDs currently in press, representing many of the fiddle styles found in North America, with a heavier emphasis on fiddlers from the Pacific Northwest, which we have been documenting for nearly fifty years. By clicking on the links below, you can view our entire catalog, or look at the CDs we have available in the various regional fiddling styles listed. CDs can be ordered by secure Web order form, printable mail-in form, or by telephone or fax. See How to Order.
MP3 AUDIO FORMATS used to audition selections in the catalog listings are in two forms. The sound clip labeled "MP3" is in mp3 format at 64 kbs, stereo, and provides a sound close to that of the CD. The sound clip labeled "MP3 (LoFi) is in mp3 format at 24 kbs, monaural. The "LoFi" format is included for folks with dial-up connections which will load faster, but have significantly less fidelity and more audio "artifacts" than the recording. These are included only so folks with dial-up can hear some representation of what is on the CD.
Artists - The artists on Voyager, in alphabetical order, showing the recordings on which they appear, with links to their CD catalog description.
Complete CD Catalog by Voyager CD Number - All the CDs we currently have in press, listed in order by our production numbers, in chronological order as issued.
OUR RECORDINGS LISTED BY REGIONAL STYLE AND TYPE OF MUSIC
Our releases encompass many of the fiddle and oldtime music styles found in the U.S. and Canada. The categorization of fiddle music by regional styles is not an exact process, especially with the sharing among fiddlers of tunes and styles from all regions which has been made possible by recordings and travel. This can be particularly difficult in the Pacific Northwest where, since the days of the Oregon Trail, musicians from many different musical backgrounds had to learn each other's material to have enough musician to form a band. So, the categories in this listing are pretty broad and are intended primarily to allow rapid access to those recordings in a genre of particular interest to you. There also will be some overlapping of entries as Northwest fiddlers often play in more than one style. Recordings especially suitable for dancing also are listed in the "Dance Recordings" section. Click on the style name to bring up the listing of recordings.
Historical Pioneer Fiddling Releases - Oregon Trail; Lewis & Clark Era; Pioneer Dance Tunes of the Far West; Fiddling Down the Oregon Trail; Tunes From the Peter Beemer Manuscript
Northwest - A listing of releases of Pacific Northwest artists, including many who play in the traditional Pacific Northwest style. Artists listed here include: Vivian Williams, Dudley Hill, Barbara Lamb, Bob Simmons, Joe Pancerzewski, Salmonberry, Gil Kiesecker, Floyd Engstrom, Phil Williams, Pat Spaeth, Paul Englesberg, Phil Katz, Allen Hart, Terry Wergeland, and others.
Canadian and New England - Our catalog includes several fiddlers from Canada and Canadian style players in the U.S.. There always has been a substantial sharing of tunes and stylistic elements between Canadian and U.S. fiddlers. Western Canadian and western U.S. oldtime dance fiddlers share a fairly similar repertoire, and some Northwest fiddlers play in a style clearly identifiable as "Canadian." New England fiddlers often have more in common with Canadian styles than with other regions of the U.S. Artists in this category include: Gerry Robichaud, Louis Boudreault, Grant Lamb, Myllie Barron, and Joe Pancerzewski.
Southeastern U.S. and Missouri - The fiddle styles of Southeast U.S. are perhaps the best known popularly as they have had much more popular exposure than other traditional U. S. fiddle styles. Many younger generation old time musicians emulate this style. We are including "Missouri" style fiddling in this category as it has much in common with Southeast fiddling. Artists in this category include: Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, Jim Herd, Howard Marshall, Pete McMahan, John White, John Williams, Lee Stripling, Leroy Canaday, Billy Lee, Kerry & Sheila Blech, Allen Hart, and Howie & Lori Meltzer.
International Music - Many fiddlers and dance musicians in the Pacific Northwest came to the region from elsewhere. Scandinavia. Many Scandinavians (or their ancestors) came to North Dakota from Scandinavia as a result of the railroad's advertising of good farm land there. When the "good" farm land proved unable to sustain life, many of these families moved to the Pacific Northwest. Others, including one of the earliest Seattle fiddlers we know of, came directly from Scandinavia by boat, often to work in the fishing and timber industries. There are many Scandinavian dances and dance musicians in our region. Artists in this category include: Jeff Anderson, Jane Johnson, and Nordic Exposure. The Pacific Northwest also has a lot of folks who came from the British Isles. Tunes from a Scottish manuscript dated 1875 are on The John Neilson Music Book.
Texas/Oklahoma - The unique fiddle style developed in Texas and Oklahoma has become the predominant style of fiddling heard at fiddle contests in the West. Although it is sometimes referred to as "Contest" style fiddling, there are many other facets to Texas and Oklahoma fiddling, including cross-tuning, old time dance fiddling, and Western Swing. It is believed that this style originated among the cowboys on the early Western cattle trails to the railroad depots in the Midwest. Artists in this category include Benny Thomasson and Gary Lee Moore.
Bluegrass - The Northwest hosts some bluegrass bands. Artists include: Twin Sisters, Williams & Bray, and The Fossils.
Cajun - Cajun music originated as a unique musical style among the French settlers who were evicted from Canada in the 18th century and settled in the bayou region of Louisiana. The music almost always is played for dancing. The style has spread throughout the country and there are now "Cajun" bands in most major cities. We have only one release in this genre so far: Louisana's own Marc Savoy with Dewey Balfa and D. L. Menard.
Dance - Some of the releases listed in this category were recorded specifically for dancing. Other releases include tunes suitable for dancing. All of these recordings are listed in other regional style listings, as appropriate. Artists listed include: Vivian Williams, Phil Williams, Pat Spaeth, Marc Savoy, Williams & Bray, Salmonberry, Paul Englesberg, Phil Katz, Allen Hart, Terry Wergeland, and others.
Gospel - Many of the recordings on Voyager contain instrumental and/or sung versions of Gospel songs. At present, we have two all gospel instrumental CDs in our catalog, one of which is on the Liondog label. Artists are: Vivian Williams and Rick Ruskin.
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