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Ford Hanford

September 25, 2022

One of the earliest recordings of the musical saw is a Victor recording of Ford Hanford playing “My Old Kentucky Home,” recorded May 2, 1921. This recording includes the musical saw with an orchestra. Mr. Hanford plays first with a hammer and then switches to a violin bow. Listen and […]

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International Musical Saw Association Festival Fun!

August 19, 2022

The 2022 festival in Felton was a great success, with people coming from all over to listen to the soothing sounds of the saw. There were new faces, lots of prizes, and great music. The grand prize winner was Gerald Reynold from Fresno who wowed the audience with a beautiful […]

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Where To Play Gigs by David Weiss

July 30, 2022

As I have shared before, one of the best online resources for musical saw information is the Saw Player News, the newsletter of the IMSA. There are marvelous free articles by some of the world’s best saw players, players such as Natalia Paruz, Morgan Cowin, and David Weiss. These experts […]

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Florida Saw Festival! October 22!

July 23, 2022

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to participate the first time a big event takes place, but this year, you can be one of the first people to join in the fun at the first ever Florida Saw Festival! It’s going to be held at the Barberville […]

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Jim Turner and “Careless Love”

July 9, 2022

Jim Turner is a well-known saw player who appeared on the Johnny Carson Show in the 1970s. He put out a popular saw record called “The Well-Tempered Saw” in 1971. He played with symphonies and bluegrass bands and taught classes in creativity at Colorado University. If you look carefully at […]

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No Place Like Home

June 18, 2022

It’s not every day that you see the musical saw used to woo a person, but in this scene from Steamboat Round the Bend (1937), we see John McGuire playing the musical saw for his sweetheart Anne Shirley. McGuire was an actor for over two decades, and you might recognize […]

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