Friends of Fiddler's Green

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Friends of Fiddler's Green
Genres Celtic, Folk, and Roots music
Years active late 1960s to present
Labels Fallen Angle Music
Associated acts English Mummers Plays, Morris Dancing or Scottish country dancing
Members William Laskin, Ian Robb, Laurence Stevenson, Alistair Brown, Ian Bell, and Jeff McClintock.
Past members David Parry, Jim Strickland, Ian Clark, and Cherie Whalen.

Friends of Fiddler's Green is a Canadian folk music group based in Toronto. The original members of the group for its first recording, The Road to Mandalay, were Grit Laskin, Tam Kearney, Ian Robb, Laurence Stevenson, David Parry, Alistair Brown and Jeff McClintock on keyboards. Jeff McClintock was later replaced by Cherie Whalen. Jeff has since rejoined the band after Cherie left for family reasons.

The name of the group is derived from Fiddler's Green, a mythical place of dancing and happiness. Founding member Tam Kearney emigrated from Scotland to Toronto in the late 1960s. Jim Strickland (also from Scotland) and Tam founded Fiddler's Green Folk Club on Eglinton Avenue, behind the YMCA. Gradually a nucleus of musicians developed, initially doing warm-ups at the club, and performing as a group. Ian Robb arrived from England, in the early 1970s. The arrival of other singers gave the group a distinctly Scottish flavor. David Parry[1] was an enthusiast for mumming and brought a dragon's costume to the mix. At festival performances, the members may present English Mummers Plays, Morris Dancing or Scottish country dancing. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival documented a reviewer who claimed that Friends of Fiddler's Green were among the best British bands touring North America[2]

Although they are not typically a touring band, they have also performed in the United States.

In the folklore of folk music, they are known as the inspiration for the Stan Rogers' song, Barrett's Privateers.[3] In 2003 they were given the "Estelle Klein Achievement Award" at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals.[4]

The keyboardist for the group, Jeff McClintock, was arrested by the religious police in Saudi Arabia, probably in connection with his work with an otherwise all-female fiddle ensemble, the Frillyknickers.


  • 1994 Road to Mandalay
  • 1997 This Side of the Ocean
  • 2015 "Old Inventions"


  1. ^ Robb, Ian. "David Parry 1942-1995". Archived from the original (Obituary in Sing Out!) on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Vancouver Folk Music Festival Performer Archives". Retrieved 2008-03-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ Brown, Alistair. "Friends of Fiddler's Green" (article in the Scottish magazine The Living Tradition). Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Estelle Klein Award". Retrieved February 3, 2008. 
  5. ^ McGregor, Arthur. "Estelle Klein" (PDF). Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Folkprints. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 4, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 

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