Contact Information

Fiddler Magazine
P.O. Box 125
Los Altos, CA  94023

(408) 234-6605

Mary Larsen (Editor): or
Jack Tuttle (Music Editor):

Please address orders, query letters, and advertising questions to Mary Larsen at the address above.

Please send items for review to Mary Larsen at P.O. Box 125, Los Altos, CA  94023.

About the Contributors

Paul Anastasio is the author of the “On Improvisation” column and other articles and reviews. He was also Fiddler Magazine’s Review Editor for many years. A former student of Joe Venuti, he is a veteran of the bands of Merle lHaggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin, and Loretta Lynn. For information on opportunities to study with Paul, and his “Swing Cat” recording company and “The Impressionist” chin rest, email him at

Peter Anick, contributor of feature articles and occasional “Folk Routes” columns, is co-author of Mel Bay’s Old Time Fiddling Across America. He plays fiddle with the Massachusetts bluegrass band Wide Open Spaces (

Mark Armstrong, a cartoonist and illustrator, is the creator of the "Fiddle-toon" cartoon in each issue. For more information on Mark's work, please see

Bob Buckingham fiddles, teaches and writes in the Upstate of South Carolina. He performs bluegrass and old time music with various bands, teaches at the 5th String in Greenville, SC, and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. He writes for this and other fine periodicals.

Gus Garelick, author of interviews with Laurie Lewis, Tom Paley, Ken Keppeler & Jeanie McLerie and others is a fiddler, mandolin player, and music teacher.

Andrew Kuntz writes the “Fiddle Tune History” column and is also the author of a book of old time songs and tunes called Ragged But Right (1987) as well as the on-line tune encyclopedia “The Fiddlers’ Companioin” ( When not researching tunes, he enjoys playing in Irish music sessions.

Mary Larsen is the Editor of Fiddler Magazine, and enjoys all styles of fiddle music. After ten years in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, she is now back in California. Her Stainer-copy lion’s head fiddle is shown at the top of this website!

Michael Lohr is a professional musician and music journalist. He has worked on several projects with the likes of Celtic singer/harpist Gabrielle Angelique, bestselling Icelandic folk singer Ósk Óskarsdóttir, Icelandic guitarist Numi Björnsson and gold/platinum selling Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós. He is a member of several music organizations and coordinates radio programing for Renaissance Artists and Writers Association (RAWA) radio ( He votes for all kinds of stuff, from the televised CMA awards to Britain’s Metal Hammer magazine ‘Golden Gods’ heavy metal music awards.” 

Matt Merta has been writing for various music magazines for the past twenty years. He teaches guitar and bass in Detroit, Michigan, as well as performs and writes songs under the pseudonym Mitch Matthews.

Paul Shelasky writes the “Bluegrass Fiddling” column. He has performed and recorded with Laurie Lewis, The Good Ol’ Persons, David Grisman, and others. He was the California State Fiddle Champion in 1975 and 1981. He currently plays jazz, bluegrass, and Irish music. His latest album is called Fiddle Crazy.

Stacy Phillips, contributor of frequent reviews and occasional articles, is an internationally acclaimed Dobroist and fiddler. He is the author of over twenty-five books and videos. Please visit his website at

Jody Stecher, author of the “Cross-Tuning Workshop” column, lives in San Francisco, where he plays and teaches fiddle and a variety of other instruments. Jody has numerous recordings on the Appleseed, Acoustic Disc, and Rounder labels and has twice been nominated for a Grammy.

Gordon Stobbe of Nova Scotia, Canada, is the author of the “Cross-Canada Fiddle Tour” column. He plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. He performs and tours with various bands and his own trio. He teaches at the Canadian Conservatory of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a guest instructor at fiddle workshops across Canada. Visit his website at

Brendan Taaffe lives in Vermont, where he plays fiddle and guitar. His band Magic Foot just released a new CD, Stomping Ground. You can hear samples of that and find out more about Brendan at his webiste:

Music Editor Jack Tuttle has performed professionally in the U.S., Canada, and Japan as a member of numerous bands playing bluegrass, old time, and swing. Based in Palo Alto, California, he has taught more than a thousand students in over thirty years. He is the self-publisher of the Traditional Fiddle Collection and theBluegrass Fiddle Collections Volumes 1 and 2, available at Jack's fiddling can be heard on his CD with his daughter Molly, calledThe Old Apple Tree. He currently performs in The Tuttles with his three children.

Jim Wood, author of the “Practicing Fiddler” column, is a five-time Tennessee Fiddle Champion who performs on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar with his wife Inge. He also directs the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra in Lynchburg, Tennessee.  For information on recordings, concerts, and workshops, please visit Jim’s website at