From bluegrass and jazz to rock & roll and old-time fiddle, Vi the Fiddler exudes energy, passion, humor, and musical mastery in every performance.
Vi Wickam is an accomplished solo performer and also fronts his own band, cleverly named Vi Wickam and The Band. In addition, he’s a member of The Whiskey Chickens, Fritto Misto, and Fiddle Whamdiddle. The latter’s albums Old School Old Time and Not My Monkey were honored by inclusion on the Grammy Ballot in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
In 2018, Vi had 2 albums chart in the top 5 of Folk DJ Radio. His album Armadillo on a Hot Tin Roof hit #4 in April and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas hit #5 in December.
He’s a 4-time Colorado State Fiddling Champion, a finalist at the Grand Masters’ Fiddler Championship, and Runner Up in the National Fiddle Contest.
In addition to performing, Vi is a highly regarded music instructor. He’s a founder of the online music school myTalentForge.com, and is much in demand as a teacher at music workshops and camps around the US.
Vi’s Latest Album – Swinging at the Savoy
From the classic depression-era backwoods optimism of Blue Skies to the big city jump-jive jam of Hez, every track on this album is a balm for virus-weary souls. It takes us back to a time before mobile phones, internet, color TV and space launches. Back to the days of speak-easies and moonshine, radios and sawdust on the dance floor.
Swinging at the Savoy is the perfect respite from quarantines, social-distancing, shutdowns and sheltering-in-place.
Fiddlers Vi Wickam and Paul Anastasio bring forth the spirit of a Weiser Swing Jam on this album joined by the ever-lovely Albanie Falletta on guitar and vocals, and the versatile Ben Fox on Bass.
Enjoy Vi and Paul’s folk-filled version of a classic song. The twangy chords of the song remind us here at OtHA of the current times and bring us some plucky hope of what the future might hold.
“Blue Skies” was originally written by Irving Berlin in 1926.
The “clear musical camaraderie” noted by GRAMMY award winner Kathy Fink is especially noteable on “St. James Infirmary Blues”. As Paul’s fiddle laments right alongside Vi’s voice, we as the lucky listeners get served a musical medley hard to find elsewhere.
With the jumping jive that is “Birthday Dance” its hard not to let a smile slip onto your face. The charming notes of Albanie Falletta’s voice along with the unique quality of the Evan Smith fiddles that both Vi and Paul are playing give “Birthday Dance” a thrilling quality not soon forgotten.
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