COLORES | Violinista De Nuevo Mexico: Cleofes Ortiz | New Mexico PBS





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Published on Nov 30, 2009

http://www.newmexicopbs.org - Fiddle player, Cleofes Ortiz, is well known and loved artist of northern New Mexico.

The Violinista is the star this week as Colores attends an `old time' dance at the San Ysidro church in Corrales. Cleo, as he's best known likes to tell the stories of how he first learned to play the fiddle as a youngster in Mexico at the turn of the century. He often tells the tale of losing his sixth finger to a fiddle whose strings were made from a barbed wire fence.

Accompanied by Bayou Seco's Ken Keppler and Jeanie McClerie, Cleo can be found playing in the traditional Mexican style at `bailles' around New Mexico.

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