Truman Price

Fiddle and …

 

Music of the frontiers

A slogan adopted years ago after many Oregon Trail concerts and other explorations:   Okay,
but is it complete?
My fiddle is a love affair.

      Truman 2014 where?

 

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    Starting 2019:-
    (left out some January)
    Feb 16 – with OOTFA at State Capitol for “Oregon’s Birthday” – in Senate room; my contributions will be Oregon Trail songs
    March 6, Tuesday – Mardi Graas feast/.fiddle: Max’s Shop, Mission Mill, Salem 12-3
    Mar 10, Sat — OTF: for Sons of Norway , Scandinavian tunes, W Salem 1-3
    Mar 30, Sat – Polk Folklife Festival, at WOU Student Center, Monmouth; 10-6, 2 things: hosting jams in “Truman’s Jam Room”, inc. “led jam”session 2-3 pm: Music of the Oregon Trail. All welcome to join in.
    Apr 3, Thursday – Retirement Center, Albany, afternoon
    April 12, Fri, 10-11:30 a.m. – for OOTFA State Convention in Rickreall, “The Sources of Old Time Fiddle” , with samples from 10 traditions; a workshop.
    Apr. 29 Sat, 12-3 pm : for private party for Allen Shrunck, Dallas, solo
    Apr. 29 Sat., 5 pm- Tru at Book Bin Corvallis, solo
    May 2 , Thurs. 7 pm: w/ Wes & Paul, for the Mud City Festival in Eugene
    May 25-26 – Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle
    June 15, Sat, 11:30 – 1 pm – at Brooks History Museum at Brooks Steam Fair, solo.
    June 29, Sat 6-8:30 – Barn Dance at Champoeg, (the barn behind the visitors’ center), Tru calling, with Worn Out Shoes’ music.
    July 6, Sat., 11-12:30 a.m. – at Oregon Trail History Center in Oregon City, solo.
    July 20, Sat 6-8:30 – Barn Dance at Champoeg, (the barn behind the visitors’ center), Tru calling, with Worn Out Shoes
    Aug 10, Sat. – Knox Presbyterian picnic, Keizer, with others from the Keizer jam.
    Aug 17, Sat 6-8:30 – Barn Dance at Champoeg, (the barn behind the visitors’ center), Tru calling, with Worn Out Shoes
    Aug 24, Sat 10 am-4 pm, solo –  Brownsville, “Hands on History” – various events, much fiddling, solo
    Sept 21, Sat – Annual Equinoctal cider squeeze & fiddle marathon, our house — if there are apples this year! (very few on the trees)
    Sept 26, Thurs  7-8:30 pm – at Silver Falls Library, Silverton – Oregon Trail and related favorites, solo
    Sept. 28, Sat. 11-3 pm: Brunk House Heritage on Hwy 22, solo.

    2018:
    Jan 9 – Homecoming Dance (squares!), Crosshill High School; music by Jon & Shannon Zilko
    Feb 4 – 1/4 of an Oregon Trail Music concert at Brown House, Stayton: “Brief History of Old Time Fiddle”
    Feb 11, 13, 14, 15: Four jams! Keizer; Fat Tuesday cajun party at Mission Mill; Monmouth Senior Center; Luna’s jam at OWC, Corvallis
    March 31, Sat – Polk Folklife Festival, at WOU, Monmouth; 10-6  (hosting jams in the “jam room”).
    April 21 – solo fiddle at Independence Saturday Market, 2 1/2 hours 53 songs or tunes, tunelist  here
    May 12, Sat – Independence Market A.M.; Mission Mill at 1; with OOTFA there 2:30- near 4
    May 14, Sat – Square Dance at Crosshill School, with Worn-out Shoes
    May, memorial day weekend– NW Folklife Festival, Seattle ..
    June 15, 16 — all day, Rose City Book Fair, Portland
    June 23, Sat, 10-11:30 – at Camas Mill Schoolhouse, Junction City: Pioneer Heritage Festival
    June 23, Sat, 2-4:30 – Concert at Brown House, Stayton, 2-4:30; Mark Babson, violin pieces from various periods; then my explanatory romp through 9 different sub-genres of Fiddle Music…
    June 30 – May 12, Sat – Independence Market … unless:
    July 3 ….  At the St. Paul Rodeo: 3-4 pm, then during breaks of Bronco Billy Band to 7
    July 14, Sat. 6 pm – Dance, Champoeg State Park, at the barn, 6-8:30, with “Worn-Out Shoes”
    July 17, Wed., 2 pm. Waverly Place, Albany.
    Aug 11, Sat. – Dance, Champoeg SP, at the barn, “Worn Out Shoes”; 100 people came…
    Sept. 8 Sat – Square dance party, private, Oak Grove Road 3-5; with Worn-Out Shoes.
    Sept 15, Sat – Brown House Heritage Center, Stayton, for an antique car rally (!), 1-3 pm. solo.
    Sept 22-23 – Party at our house – Big ate E! pre-party cider squeezing around noon, our apple trees… then all night music; some folks will camp in the orchard.
    Sept 29, Sat – Brunk House, by Hwy 22 E of Rickreall, 11-1, solo, for Heritage Soc. Apple Festival.
    Oct. 1, Sun – Minto Brown Growers’ End of Season party – 3/8 mile up Brown Island Road off S. River Road; tour at 4 pm, food & music at 5, then old-time dances; with Jon & Shannon Zilka
    Oct 3, Wed – Waverly Place, Albany, solo 2 pm
    Oct. 26, Fri – “Jane Austen Steampunk Ball” – fun! With Jon and Shannon Zilka on guitar and 1st fiddle

    Dec. 12 Wed – the annual dance for the Guadelupe, St Patrick‘s Church, Independence, 7 – (& great food after).  .  About the Dancers for Guadelupe Celebrations [[Description & 2-3 photos] Brief sample here.

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“Oregon’s leading student of music of the Oregon Trail era…”  ( I like several kinds of music).

There are a few old video song links near the bottom of this page.

. Last summer was nice.  Fiddled about half of all Sunny Saturday Mornings at the Independence Saturday Market. On the first warm spring day I was good for about  2 1/2 hours without a break, trying to play as wide a variety of songs and tunes as I could: after each tune or song, straight to the next, but changing key, and genre, and alternating between tunes and songs with lyrics.  Later, I wrote down the tune list, 60+ of ’em…  tunelist  here.
.  Still hoping to figure out how to continue the local Square Dance series.  Nothing firm yet. Will still have 2-3 at Champoeg Park in summer.
.  Enjoyed The Elements that made Old Time Fiddle, a program at Brown House, Stayton, June 2018.  Mark Babson sampled baroque/classical/romantic violin pieces; then I presented 10+ different threads that combined to make old-time fiddle, starting with the oldest tune, Soldier’s Joy, showing how it can be played many ways but is still the same; one tune played in an open tuning; described the Scots/Scots-Irish migrations to Appalachia and the Mixolydian mode of the bagpipe chanter; the influence of African-American fiddlers; their synthesis in a tune learned  in the New River Valley; for contrast, a regular New England/Eastern Canada tune; a French Canadian tune; in response to a question, stories about the Metis fiddlers; the influx of rags; swing; Scandinavian; a Norteno tune; and, for where do all these tunes come from, why I made up “The Swallows”, and played that.  A one-hour romp through Old-Time Fiddle as I see it.)  A hit.
.  (That Metis question inspired me to work, for a while, on Red River Jig.   Tricky! Not really a jig, I think; it feels like a regular 4/4 measure plus a half-measure, repeated many times very quickly. Needs more work!)
.   The St. Paul Rodeo July 3 also was fun. I got to open for and play rest breaks for the Bronco Billy Band.  Alternated old country-western songs with every fiddle tune I could think of that mentioned large animals, finishing with a favorite about a rodeo rider, Sweet Wyoming Home, yo-de-lay-ee oo..
.   The “Steam Punk Jane Austen Ball” near Halloween was a kick —  dozens of extraordinary costumes wending through the hospitality tables in the formal Grand March around the upper floor of the Mission Mill Building, straight into squares and reels.. I love doing this stuff!
Poke here for 2017 
poke here for some of 2016
 poke here for 2015 –,  Lots of old calendars here. … & a few old photos

Still hope to break even on the memoir:

 

Canora:  Notes from an Old-Time Fiddler,

Perfect-bound pb, 8.5″ , 254 pages

 

(… it’s gotten some nice comments from readers…)


( & it’s 3/4 paid for, only a year in)

 

 

The eclipse centered over our house, so we had an all-weekend nonstop party.  Moon songs at eclipse party: Bruce Reid, human jukebox, had an incredible store of songs mentioning the moon.   Here’s some of us: Vivian Williams, Adam Price, myself  & Suzi, W. B. Reid, Kevin; but we were all one-upped when after a few hours we reached a lull and an 11-year old stranger who was camping in the pasture stepped to the piano where she played a clean, simple and elegant Claire de Lune.

 

  • Solo fiddling and calling, an 1800’s Reel at Newell House, , for an authentic 1859 dinner and dance.
    Suzi on the left – you should have seen that gray skirt when the lady twirled in the center of “Bird in the Cage”

    Local Jams:
    Appalachian fiddle tunes: There is a very nice Appalachian fiddle tunes jam in Keizer on the second Sunday of each month. Inquire here, or of Roger Applegate.   Here’s a few recent tunelists.   Same group sometimes at our house on the Fourth Sunday, summers, erratically. About half of the core group of 15 or so musicians show up at any particular jam. Inquire.
    General fiddle jam: in Corvallis, 1st Thursdays of each month; at Old World Deli, 7 pm; hosted by OOTFA … A good varied jam .
    Appalachian fiddle tunes: in Corvallis, 3rd Thursdays of each month; at Old World Deli, 7 pm; hosted by John Luna (when he’s not in town, it is not)
    Second Wednesday every month, a few friends practice/perform for a small but regular audience at the Monmouth Senior Center, 6:30 – 8pm; musicians and listeners welcome!
    General jam: Guthrie Park, 3 miles south of Dallas at 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, has been running every Friday night, 6:30-10 pm, for 28 years (I never missed a Friday in the first ten years or so).  [[Note — I stopped last year for a while after a musician dropped her guns on the stage… I go sometimes again]].  A large jam – 10 to 20 musicians each week, a large and faithful audience of folks listening or dancing.  Strict rotation around the circle of musicians, playing country-western, older pop, folk, fiddle tunes and waltzes. If weather is nice, fiddlers may move out to the porch.]]
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Ancient History department:

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“An Appalachian Christmas” with Jane Keefer and Tim Crosby was such a fun gig!  Asked to present a one-hour program,      we studied, practiced once and nailed it: simply  great: widely varied, perfect; many groups around the valley would love to have it  —  if only they knew about it!

 

 

 

Appalachian Christmas AdAn Appalachian Christmas – “Presenting three of the valley’s most respected folk musicians Truman Price, Jane Keefer, Tim Crosby.”   details
  • About the Oregon Trail music and lore:
    .   30 years ago, back to Oregon after many years of random fiddling, including a  few years in Western Virginia, I was asked to put together a 40-minute set of authentic music of the Oregon Trail as introductions for 16 performances of the Oregon Trail Pageant at Champoeg.  I researched, and with Jane Keefer recorded a cassette collection (which became a CD, Songs of the Oregon Trail);  then did 16 performances there each year.  Later the Oregon Historical Society sponsored 50+ one-hour presentations, schools, libraries, conventions; usually solo, sometimes Adam Truman 8duo or trio with True West Band.  Another 24 times solo for Oregon Trial Interpretive Center near Baker. And many more, from a few songs to two hours +… (The two-hour set seemed short!)
    .   Might also mention OT dance: have called over 100 evenings of dance for various adultish groups; because of that, taught old-time dances to about 15,000 kids grades 1-6, in 60+ schools, through Artists in Schools.
  •                                                —> Seattle concert with son Adam Price – fine banjoist, person! —>
  • <— Aside: For 25 years I’ve been violinista for the annual Guadelupe dances on/around Dec. 12 with the local Mexican community.  A wonderful experience.
  • Anyone can attend, and the food is super.
  • Here’s a page  About the Dances for Guadelupe Celebrations
  • and a brief sample of one: Pico Perico
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  • Some Youtube Video: Solos filmed by Josh Meredith & Bob Zybach near Corvallis 2005, part of a presentation on the old California-Oregon Trail which ran through that meadow.  Note: We had just spent two hours finding camas roots and grubbing blackberry vines out of the watershed, and were all kinda muddy!  (“Out standing n the field!”)

    A few nice verses of June Apple filmed by Ray Leach at Centralia Campout August 2005, trio with Adam Price and Tom Peloso (of Modest Mouse):

    These are with Adam on banjo, at Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, Memorial Day Weekend 2007:

    Most of these videos, and a few others, are on YouTube, some with nice comments – poke here, or just enter the words “old time fiddle” and see what comes up!—

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    Two CD’s:

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    Lessons: I’ve taught, beginning violin to advanced fiddle, for many years. Several former students have become  players and bandleaders. Also have enjoyed doing a workshop “fiddle for violinists” , seven times for NW Folklife in Seattle and also for the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers annual convention in Rickreall.

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     From the desk window in Early Spring . . . . . . Same thing in June, with organic Jerseys . . . . . .   Hey, Stop Scaring My Cows!
    Books:  We make part of our living selling antiquarian books, especially children’s literature, and Suzanne’s site at http://www.oldchildrensbooks.com is really nice.  Also I offer a few hundred titles of folk music which can be searched here. (not my personal collection of a few hundred more)  For more titles, change the keywords… e.g. “music” or “fiddle”.
    truprice at gmail dot com