Ostinelli’s Reel

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

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1967 field recording of Benny Thomasson available here


According to the Fiddler’s Companion, Ostinelli’s Reel, sometimes called Austin’s Reel, is named after 19th century Italian violinist Louis Ostinelli. You may find this reel to be somewhat tricky, as it goes up to a high E. A good bit of the A part consists of arpeggiated A chords. I really like the high energy with which Thomasson fiddled this reel.

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