Vails Mills, Fulton County & Plattsburgh, Clinton County
Adirondack Fiddler (1919-2013) & Pianist
Vic Kibler continues a strong musical tradition at home in the southern Adirondacks. Family members played various old time instruments, and they all sang. Although he has met and swapped tunes with dozens of old dance fiddlers, he has never played for dances, because he promised his mother when he was young that he would avoid the bad influences to be found in some of the old dance halls. Many of the old standard jigs, reels, and hornpipes he got from his family, but by the late 1940s he was being influenced by fiddlers from radio broadcasts and recordings. Vic’s youngest son, Paul Kibler, a social worker from Plattsburgh, learned early to play with his father and frequently backs up his father on piano today. In 1992 they worked together to record a collection of 31 old family tunes for Sampler Records, which was selected as an outstanding folk recording by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.