Fiddle and …
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A love affair
Still hope to break even on the memoir — two sales to go!:
Canora: Notes from an Old-Time Fiddler,
Perfect-bound pb, 8.5″ , 254 pages
(… it’s gotten some nice comments from readers…)
2021 Calendar begins at last!
30 June – for Wine tasting party at Capital Manor, 3-5 pm.
4th of July — A short set of Patriotic songs, including America the Beautiful and the Marine Hymn/Anchors Aweigh medley, but not forgetting important verses of This Land is Your Land or Ochs’ Power and the Glory… among others. Independence’ Riverview Park, around 4 – 4:30 pm. With Nathan Anderson of MusicalIndependence.
July 10 Sat , 11-1; for Sons & Daughters of the Oregon Trail, private.
July 24 Sat, 7 – OT Barn Dance; the barn behind the Champoeg Visitors Center.
Aug. 28 Sat. 7 – OT Barn Dance; the barn behind the Champoeg Visitors Center.
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GENERAL MUSINGS: … a few old video song links near the bottom of this page … notes on lessons …
Recent high spots: Summer of 2018 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, playing as wide a variety of songs and tunes as I could, from show tunes to hoedowns: 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. We had 3 at Champoeg Park scheduled 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; my contribution was 10+ different threads that combined to make old-time fiddle, starting with the oldest tune, Soldier’s Joy, how it can be played many ways but is still the same; a tune played in an open tuning; 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 was fun. I opened and played breaks for The Bronco Billy Band. No firm set list, so I alternated fiddle tunes whose titles mentioned large animals with old country-western songs, finishing with Bill Staines’ great rodeo rider’s lament, Sweet Wyoming Home, yo-de-lay-ee oo… (all went very well).
The “Steam Punk Jane Austen Ball” near Halloween was a different 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 some of 2016
poke here for 2015 –, Lots of old calendars here. … & a few old photos
|Solo fiddling and calling, an 1800’s Reel at Newell House, authentic 1859 dinner and dance.
Suzi on the left. You should have seen that gray cloth skirt swirl when the lady twirled in the center of “Bird in the Cage”
LOCAL JAMS: ...all suspended in 2020… resuming July 2021
Appalachian fiddle tunes: A 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. 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 each month, a few friends practice/perform for a small but regular audience at the Monmouth Senior Center, 6:30 – 8pm; musicians and listeners welcome!
2nd & 4th Sundays, 6 pm – Oak Grove Grange – bluegrass jam, with many beginners
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 in 2019 for a while after a lead musician accidentally dropped her loaded pistol on the stage… ]. 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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“An Appalachian Christmas” with Jane Keefer and Tim Crosby was such a fun gig! Asked to present an 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!
|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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|From the desk window in Early Spring . . . . . .||Same thing in June, with organic Jerseys . . . . . .||Hey, Stop Scaring My Cows!|