Fackler's Musical Web Site
I started playing the fiddle in New England when I was 17 and have played
traditional and neo-traditional music for contra dances in Maine,
Minnesota and in the southeast U.S. I
play a mix of mostly Northern (New England,
French Canadian, Irish-American) tunes with some Southern Appalachian tunes
thrown in for good measure. In 1998 I traveled for the first time to Cape Breton
and have since been learning the Cape
Breton repertoire and
style (see tune collections below). The Cape Breton
repertoire is great both for listening and dancing and forms the backbone of
the tunes I play with my wife Marilyn in our band Skylark. In 2004 I formed
Kylebrack, an Irish band with flutist Alison Arnold (and now with guitarist Don
Lively) to play the lovely, lyrical music of the Irish counties of Galway and
Clare, widely considered to be the center of flute and fiddle duo playing. In
my non-musical life, I work for NC State University doing mathematical and
computational modeling in economics and finance.
Kylebrack in Wilmington
On the porch at Camp Sertoma
(a few years ago)
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Contradition – with Tim Smith (piano, flute & concertina) and
Don Lively (guitar & mandolin)
Contradition is hard-driving, good-time contra dance band. For bookings,
contact me at email@example.com
Skylark – with
Marilyn Hartman (piano)
Skylark is both a concert and dance band with an eclectic repertoire from Cape Breton
as well as Ireland,
Quebec & New England. We also play many of my compositions. Visit our
website for schedules, booking information and sound samples.
Kylebrack – with
Alison Arnold (flute) and Don Lively (guitar)
Kylebrack specialized in Irish music, especially the lyric music of East Galway and Clare. We took our name from a town in
East Galway, Ireland, that was home to many fine musicians, including a number
of noted flute players associated with the Ballinakill Traditional Players.
Visit our website for schedules, booking information and sound samples.
A collection of 201 tunes played in Cape
Breton that I've transcribed
mostly from currently available recordings.
Table of contents
The Fackler Collection: a tune book containing original
compositions of mine, including "The Pleasures of Home", "Beyond
Our Reach" and "The Mabou Harbour Reel."
Updated 8/15/2001 - Contains new tunes including Marilyn's Waltz and Kinnon
The Stanley MacNeil Collection: four tunes by Stanley MacNeil, a wonderful mouth
organ and fiddle player from Mabou, Cape
Breton, Nova Scotia.
Tune for Therese –
an MP3 file of a tune composed for Therese Fitzgerald.