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Legendary old-time and Bluegrass fiddler - 1933 ~ 2005


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like all good stories . . .

. . . this one has started a new chapter. Art Stamper, who battled cancer, found peace Sunday evening, January 23, 2005

The story started a long time ago. It started before Art picked up a fiddle. It started before his fiddlin' father, Hiram Stamper, first drew a bow across the strings. This story starts where all good stories about traditional American music start: back at the time when just about the only way to learn a tune was to sit a spell with somebody who could play it or sing it for you.

Art's heart carried within it countless tunes played the way his father and fiddlers past learned to play them from fiddlers older still who might be all but forgotten through the years except for the music they loved and passed along. 

Art continued to carry on that tradition and, through his CDs and videos, still does..

Art left us a legacy of fiddle tunes recordings that many were fortunate to hear in person before he crossed the river Jordan. He left us a legacy of fiddlers he taught and mentored and inspired.

You can get a quick overview in this pending nomination of Art Stamper for the Folk Heritage Award in the Kentucky Governor's Awards in the Arts program

Here's what a couple of other online publications have to say about Art Stamper:

Art Stamper, a great Appalachian fiddler, husband, father, grandfather, friend to many and fiddler to all, passed away at 9:20 pm, Sunday, January 23, 2005, with family and friends at his side.

Please visit his Guest Book and share a message or story about Art and his music, and leave messages of encouragement for Art's family.

Obituary by the Associated Press

Obituary in the Louisville Courier-Journal

Legend continues to make beautiful sounds
- Article at PioneerNews.Net, April 7, 2004, by Stephen Thomas

On a Winter's Day - Interview with Fiddle Legend Art Stamper
- Article in The Pickin' Post, Spring 2003, by Sheila Nichols

Giant in traditional mountain music and the bluegrass style that evolved from it
- Article in the All Music Guide, written by Eugene Chadborne

The Lost Fiddler
- Article in Bluegrass Unlimited, November, 1982, by Marty Godbey

The Long Road from Lonesome
- Article in Pittsburgh City Paper, March 19, 2004, by Justin Hopper

Art Stamper, Musician
- Article on KET website.

Highway Named in Honor of Art Stamper
- Article in Troublesome Creek Times