Famous Male Fiddlers

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List of famous male fiddlers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male fiddlers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being fiddlers. There are thousand of males working as fiddlers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic fiddlers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a fiddler then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different people, including Mitchell Grobb and Paddy Canny.

While this isn't a list of all male fiddlers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male fiddlers?" and "Who are the best male fiddlers?"
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Fiddlers
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Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He is best known for his number-one country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Daniels has been active as a singer and musician since the 1950s. He was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 82

Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America

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Ashley MacIsaac is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Fiddlers
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Ashley Dwayne MacIsaac (born February 24, 1975) is a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island. He has received three Juno Awards, winning for Best New Solo Artist and Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo at the Juno Awards of 1996, and for Best Instrumental Artist at the Juno Awards of 1997. His 1995 album Hi™ How Are You Today? was a double-platinum selling Canadian record. MacIsaac published an autobiography, Fiddling with Disaster in 2003. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Creignish, Nova Scotia

Gilles Apap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Fiddlers
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Gilles Apap (born 21 May 1963) is a French classical violinist. Born in Béjaïa, Algeria, he was raised in Nice, France. In 1985 he won first prize in the contemporary music category at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition. He served as concertmaster with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, but has since focused on his career as a soloist with orchestras around the world. A virtuosic violinist, Gilles is also known for his interpretations of traditional music from Eastern Europe to America, such as gypsy, Irish, swing or bluegrass. He recorded three CDs in the 1990s with Sony Classical Records, then formed his own company, Apapaziz Productions. Since 1999, Apapaziz has recorded eight ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Algeria

Paddy Canny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Fiddlers
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Paddy Canny

Paddy Canny was an Irish fiddle player. In a career that spanned over six decades, Canny was instrumental in popularizing Irish traditional music, both in Ireland and internationally. He gained initial fame in the late 1940s as a founding member of the Tulla Céilí Band, which made its first appearance on RTÉ Radio in 1948 and had positioned itself as the top céilí band in Ireland by the late 1950s. Canny captured the All Ireland fiddle championship in 1953 and was featured on the landmark 1959 recording, All-Ireland Champions: Violin. Although he stopped performing for large audiences in 1965, he returned briefly in the 1990s to record his critically acclaimed solo album, Paddy Canny: ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 89 (1919-2008)

Birthplace: Ireland