Fiddle and …
Not much happening; trying to figure out how to continue the Square Dance series, maybe out at Salt Creek.
I’m to do half of a program at Brown House, Stayton, on June 23. First an hour of classical violin from Mark Babson then an hour of old-time fiddle from me. I’d like to do an overview of kinds of fiddle… I roughed out a book on the topic last year and estimated 1200-1500 pages; so my hour set will be less than complete. It will include discussion, questions, samples: a quick romp through Old-Time Fiddle as I’ve seen it.
Two dances coming up, in the barn at Champoeg State Park, July 14 and August 11. Also one at Crosshill School this weekend (May 19)
Still peddling the memoir:
Canora: Notes from an Old-Time Fiddler,
Perfect-bound pb, 8.5″ , 254 pages
…it’s gotten some nice comments from readers…
Available direct from Truman, 7210 Helmick Road, Monmouth, OR 97361;
(Send check or cash, or email and I’ll ship with invoice.) (It’s a little over half paid for now, 8 months in)
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“Oregon’s leading student of music of the Oregon Trail era…” (actually, I like several kinds of music).
Many concerts, fiddle or fiddle and vocal; solo or with True West Band or friends; also hundreds of dances called.
I sat at the Independence Saturday market on the first warm day of Spring, and fiddled essentially non-stop for 2 1/2 hours. Later wrote a list of the 62 tunes or songs that I could remember having done. My only criteria was to keep changing: at the end of each tune or song, go into the next, one, but change the key, change the genre, and alternate between wordless tunes and songs with lyrics. 60+ of ’em… about 8 different genres… tunelist hereJune 12, Sat.
|Music of the frontiers
A slogan adopted years ago after many Oregon Trail concerts and other forays: okay, but is it complete? My fiddle is a love affair.
There are a few video song links near the bottom of this page
|CALENDAR— Lots of old calendars here. –
Jan 9 – Homecoming Dance (squares!), Crosshill High School; music by Jon & Shannon Zilko
Some of 2017:
Jan 14 Sat – 7 pm, Guthrie Park Hall, near Dallas: Square Dance, Tru calling, Cash & Co. music
Aug 19, 20, 21 -Eclipse party, our house, lots of music
|poke here for some of 2016|
|1800’s Reel at Newell House, solo – Suzanne on the left –||
|for several years…|
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 Third Sunday, not summer, erratically. About half of the core group of 15 or so musicians show up at any particular jam.Inquire.
Appalachian fiddle tunes: in Corvallis, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month; at Old World Deli, 7 pm
Second Wednesday every month, a few friends practice/perform for a small but regular audience at the Monmouth Senior Center, 6:30 – 8pm; come in, 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 25 years (I never missed a Friday in the first ten years or so). [[NOTE– I STOPPED LAST YEAR FOR A WHILE WHEN A MUSICIAN DROPPED A GUN ON THE STAGE. .. but I go sometimes. It was a very large jam – 10 to 20 musicians each week, a large and faithful audience and folks dancing. A strict rotation around the circle of musicians around the floor is followed (although there is a dominant group who sit on the edge of the stage, a mushy 12-string and an accordion, and often find excuses for extra turns for themselves). Music includes country-western, older pop, folk, fiddle tunes and waltzes. If the weather is nice, old-time-fiddlers may move out to the porch.]]
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|Ancient History department:||“An Appalachian Christmas” was such a fun gig! Asked to present a one-hour program, we studied, and nailed it: simply great: widely varied, perfect; many groups around the valley would love to have it — if only they knew about it!
|An Appalachian Christmas – “Presenting three of the valley’s most respected folk musicians Truman Price, Jane Keefer, Tim Crosby.” details|
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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Lessons: I’ve taught, beginning violin to advanced fiddle, for many years. Several former students have become impressive players and bandleaders. Also have enjoyed doing a workshop “fiddle for violinists” , seven times at NW Folklife and also for the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers annual convention in Rickreall; always with good feedback.
|From the desk window in Early Spring . . . . . . .||Same thing in June, with organic Jerseys . . . . . . .||Hey, Stop Scaring My Cows! (Sept 1)|