Bill Moore

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As the legend goes, every American town once had someone hanging around who played fiddle and called himself Fiddlin' John. The name Bill Moore seems to have a similar sort of widespread currency; if…
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As the legend goes, every American town once had someone hanging around who played fiddle and called himself Fiddlin' John. The name Bill Moore seems to have a similar sort of widespread currency; if not quite the Fiddlin' John phenomenon, it is still easy to find a fiddler named Bill Moore, sometimes simply by tossing a rock randomly. The huge compilation set entitled Rebel Records: 35 Years of the Best in Bluegrass (1960-1995) features one, naturally, among a cast of more than 100 different players.

A fiddler of Irish descent named Bill Moore played Irish pubs in the Bay Area circa 2004 as part of a group called Blackthorn. In the same period and over the hills in Utah, the Around the Bend Bluegrass Band featured a Bill Moore on fiddle during national convention of string players. The North Carolina banjoist Rex McGee has a playing partner of the same name, involved in both bluegrass and Irish music projects. The 13-year-old fiddle prodigy Abigail Moore likes to mention her cousin: "Fiddlin' Bill Moore...was popular around our area." The '20s country bluesman who doubled on guitar and fiddle, himself possibly two different people according to some blues conspiracy theorists, should not be confused with any of the fiddlers named Bill Moore in the previous confusing list.