And out of his knapsack...

"And out of his knapsack he drew a fine fiddle" was published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 1973 and reviewed by them as 'a definitive work'.

Underneath the title are the words "An introduction to the technique of English fiddling" and it was aimed at being an introduction for the beginner and not a comprehensive work on the subject.

Throughout England in the past, there would have been other fiddle players and these could well have different styles and techniques.

For people like John who were looking for a direction and with no local traditional players to learn from, it was a good place to start. Indeed, traditional players who had learnt from traditional players were now so thinly spread that in all the time John & Audrey were 'on the road' they never met another player with the pedigree of Arnold.