Al Cherny - North American Fiddle Champion Plays Contest Winning Tunes
Folk, World, & Country
Label: Arc Records ‎– AS-520
Type: Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Country: Canada
Date of released: 1965
Category: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Polka, Country
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Musician: Al Cherny
Album's name: North American Fiddle Champion Plays Contest Winning Tunes
ZIP archive size: 1721

Al Cherny - North American Fiddle Champion Plays Contest Winning Tunes


A1 Haste To The Wedding
A2 Vic's Jig
A3 Blue Mountain Rag
A4 Billy Wilson's Clog
A5 Le Reel De Grandpere
A6 Adios Polka
B1 Shannon Waltz
B2 Flop Eared Mule
B3 San Fernando Square
B4 Golden Prairie Schottische
B5 Black Velvet Waltz
B6 My Little Old Home In West Virginia


  • Banjo, Guitar – Maurice Bolyer
  • Bass – Bill Gibbs
  • Drums – Mike Crosty
  • Piano – Hap Swatridge


A section of the back cover promotes seven ARC releases: one is this release, described there as "A520 Old Time Fiddle Champion - Al Cherny"
"Al Cherny, North American Open and Novelty Champion" appears on the Front cover, ""Old Time Fiddle Champion" on the back cover and "North American Fiddle Champion Plays Contest Winning Tunes" is the title on the Disc Labels.

On August 5th, 1960, Al Cherny of Wingham, Ontario, stepped on the stage of the Annual Old Time Fiddle Contest in Shelburne, Ontario and played a waltz, jig and a reel. Twenty-four hours and 114 contestants later, Al Cherny was declared the North American Open Champion and also won the Novelty class Championship. Al also won the novelty class the previous year and was runner up 6 years in a row - 1960 was Al’s big year, two championships at a time - and the first time a Canadian old time fiddler ever to win both.

Arc Records are proud to present Al Cherny in a show case of old time fiddle tunes by the World’s best Old Time Fiddler.

In Order to give Al the best professional accompaniment on his first long play album, Arc records obtained the following specialists for the recording session: Mike Crosty, drums; Bill Gibbs, bass; Hap Swatridge, piano; Maurice Bolyer, banjo & guitar

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A [etched]): AS 520 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B [etched]): AS 520 B

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ARC-520 Al Cherny North American Fiddle Champion Plays Contest Winning Tunes ‎(LP, Mono) Arc Records ARC-520 Canada 1965
AS 520 Al Cherney* North American Fiddle Champion Plays CONTEST WINNING TUNES ‎(LP, Album) Arc Sound Ltd. AS 520 Canada 1960