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More than 200 gather for Fiddle Jamboree

LONG LAKE - Musicians and enthusiasts embraced their craft April 26 as they were featured at the 18th annual Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree. Nearly 200 spectators attended the event, many of whom traveled several hours.

"I am so surprised to see so many people who are this good," said fiddler Steve Signell. "There is a lot of talent in the Adirondacks and hey come out of the woodwork for an event like this."

The jamboree featured dozens of fiddlers playing numerous styles ranging from country-gospel to proto-bluegrass.

"I like the pre-bluegrass Appalachian stuff," Signell said. "They used all sorts of different tunings to create unique sounds."

Many musicians find clarity of spirit and an inner peace in their music.

"I love country-gospel. It's a little sense of heaven," fiddler Bill Matteson said. "Music brings out the best in everyone."

Matteson has been playing the fiddle for 58 years. He said their is nothing he would rather be doing.

Fellow fiddler Ed Ricard agreed.

"I am married to my fiddle - it's the love of my life," he said. "Playing just gives you a good feeling."

Throughout the concert, audience members would regularly stand and dance, unable to control the emotion which swelled within them.

"It's a tradition plain and simple," Matteson said. "Things like this allow people to get out and relax."

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