The Stoltman Tunebook: Fiddle Tunes Played in Northwestern Minnesota

by Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project

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    This is a digital tunebook, not an album. It does include MIDI-based .wav files of the transcriptions.
    - 60 tune transcriptions with tabs and chords.
    - .Wav based midi files to play along with. Up to tempo and slowed down.
    - Newspaper clippings, family photos, stories, and linocuts in a 76 page electronic book.
    This tunebook chronicles the lives and repertoire of the Stoltman family. Walter Stoltman was a Polish kid on the MN-ND border in the early 1900s, when he began taking fiddling lessons from "Old Man Hawkinson", a traditional Norwegian-American fiddler. As he learned and started placing at regional fiddle contests he became good friends with the great Canadian Métis fiddler, Andy Dejarlis. They travelled back and forth across the border swapping tunes with each other regularly. Walter took 3rd place at the National Old-Time Fiddler Convention. When he was dying of cancer in 1974, he decided to record his repertoire and the transcriptions within are from those recordings.
    Hilary was Walter's son. Although Walter did not teach him, Hilary learned a lot of Walter's tunes through trial and error. Eventually Hilary became skilled enough to take first place at many of the region's contests. Hilary worked on the railroads for 40 years, traveling all over the country. This book also takes a look at the many adventures he has had in his full life.
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    Handmade Clawhammer Mike 8x10 inch blockprint of Hilary Stoltman and band.
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    Handmade Clawhammer Mike 8x10 inch blockprint of Hilary Stoltman playing in music at the VFW hall
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released May 1, 2020

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