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Paul & Vic Kibler: Fiddler & Pianist
Paul & Vic describe how their playing speeds up as the audience responds. Listen (Real 1:17)

Vic Kibler recalls the history of the old fiddle he still plays. Listen (Real 0:56)

Vic & Paul play the traditional fiddle tune Washday. Listen (Real 1:51)

Vic explains the fusion of styles he calls "the Adirondack style." Listen (Real 0:33)

Paul & Vic recall tunes from their family repertoire. Listen (Real 0:44)

Vic & Paul, joined by George Ward (guitar) play Mother's Reel, a song known only from the family. Listen (Real 2:12)

Vic And Paul Kibler were the subjects of this January 10, 2000 profile jointly produced for radio by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio. Listen (Real 5:01)

Vic Kibler continues a strong musical tradition at home in the southern Adirondacks. Family members played various old-time instruments, and they all sang. Although he has met and swapped tunes with dozens of old dance fiddlers, he has never played for dances, because he promised his mother when he was young that he would avoid the bad influences to be found in some of the old dance halls. Many of the old standard jigs, reels, and hornpipes he got from his family, but by the late 1940s he was being influenced by fiddlers from radio broadcasts and recordings. Vic's youngest son, Paul, a social worker from Plattsburgh, learned early to play with his father and frequently backs up his father on piano today. In 1992 they worked together to record a collection of 31 old family tunes for Sampler Records, which was selected as an outstanding folk recording by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

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