Behold the fiddle: the shoulder-mounted king of instruments. The fiddle is featured prominently in musical traditions from virtually every corner of the globe. And, for the past several years fiddlers have squared off at an annual Battle of the Bands, sponsored by the Fiddle Club of the World, to find out which global style reigns supreme. This year marks the 4th annual Battle of the Bands which you can catch that at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Square Roots Festival this weekend. But we've got a preview today. Three different styles performed by six different Chicago-based musicians brought together by Paul Tyler, convener of the Chicago Chapter of the Fiddle Club of the World and instructor at the Old Town School of Folk.
Genevieve Harris Koester and Smith Koester of White Mule
Juan Rivera of Los Condenados Huastecos
Izaki and Sofiya Metropoulos of Jim Stoynoff's Greek Band
(Photo: Flickr/Michelle Tribe)