Fiddle and …
This Saturday, 9/16, at Newell House (by the SW Corner of Champoeg State Park), 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.:
“Enjoy a free living history event with re-enactors, artisans, and live music! Fun for the whole family!
“Wander the village and appreciate the fine workmanship of the blacksmith, wood carver, and soap maker. Some of these artisans will be selling their wares!
“Revel in demonstrations of bobbin lace, tatting, and spinning. You might be inclined to step lively as you relish fiddle music performed by Truman Price.
Feel the beat as the Chemawa Indian Dancers and Drummers share their culture and talent!” –– From Newell House’ Facebook Page
The memoir is here!
Canora: Notes from an Old-Time Fiddler,
Perfect-bound paperback, 8.5″ , 248 pages
Available direct from Truman, 7210 Helmick Road, Monmouth, OR 97361;
(Postpaid. Paypal address: firstname.lastname@example.org . Or send a check, or email and I can ship with an invoice).
Or catch me direct for a buck off, cash). Also listed at the big bookselling site www.abebooks.com
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Truman is Oregon’s leading student of music of the Oregon Trail era… (among other music).
He plays fiddle and sings, solo or with the True West Band, or other friends, and calls old-time square dances.
|Music of the frontiers
A slogan adopted years ago after many Oregon Trail concerts and other historical forays: it’s okay but s it complete? The fiddle does a lot … & we love playing it.
Next Old-Time Square Dance: 4th Friday at the Oak Grove Grange, 2760 Oak Grove Rd, Rickreall
(located just north of hwy 22 on the west edge of the Salem Hills.)
|And a fun gig… trio with Jane Keefer and Tim Crosby: we presented a one-hour program “An Appalachian Christmas” — 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 a
trio of the valley’s most respected folk musicians Truman Price, Jane Keefer, Tim Crosby. details
A few video song links near the bottom of this page
|CALENDAR— Lots of old calendars here. – 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 –||
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 ATTENDING FOR A WHILE WHEN A MUSICIAN DROPPED A GUN ON THE STAGE. .. but I go sometimes. It was, until then, a very large jam – 10 to 20 musicians each week, a large and faithful audience and folks dancing. It follows a strict rotation around the circle of musicians around the floor (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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About the Oregon Trail music and lore:
30 years ago I was asked to put together a 40-minute set of authentic music of the Oregon Trail as introductory music for 16 performances of the Oregon Trail Pageant at Champoeg. I researched and with Jane Keefer recorded a cassette collection (now a CD, Songs of the Oregon Trail CD Truman and Jane Keefer),
and with friends did 16 performances there.
Later the Oregon Historical Society sponsored 50+ one-hour presentations, schools, libraries, conventions; usually solo, sometimes duo or trio with True West Band. Since then have done many more, from a few songs to two hours +… the material is wide-open… (The two-hour set seemed short!)
I enjoy Seattle concerts with son Adam – fine banjoist, great musician!
An aside: For twenty years I’ve been fiddler for the annual Guadelupe
dances on/around Dec. 12 with the local Mexican community. A wonderful
experience. Anyone can attend, and the food after is super. Here’s
a page about them: About the Dances for Guadelupe Celebrations
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 very impressive players and bandleaders. Also have enjoyed doing a workshop “fiddle for violinists” , seven times at NW Folklife and last year 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)|