Fiddle and …
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Canora: Notes from an Old-Time Fiddler,
Perfect-bound pb, 8.5″, 254 pages
photos on the book covers:
2022 Calendar begins at last!
Wed, Mar 17 (St. Pat’s Day) 6 pm – solo, Opening for Pirate Jenny, the Pirate Rock Band! Alberta St. Pub, PDX
Sun, Apr 17. – Dallas, zoom from John Cobb Eco Farm, 4 – 5 pm…
Sat. April 30 – Independence Heritage Museum Opening: solo, 1-3 pm (break for ribbon cutting at 1:15)
Sat. May 7 – Sheep-to-Shawl at Mission Mill, Salem, 10:15-11:30, solo; later with the OOTFA fiddlers.
Sat, May 14 – Polk County History Museum, Rickreall; solo, 12:30 – 4 pm
Sat Jun 4 (??) – 9-10 a.m, for Helmick Park Anniversary of Oregon’s 1st state park ?? (fiddlin’ was rained out!)
Mon., Jul 4 – 1:45-4 pm at Newell House, at SW corner of Champoeg State Park
Sat. Aug 27 – Brownsville Pioneer Days – wandering minstrel, 1-4 pm
Sat. Sep 17 – 4:30-5:30 for Independence Wine Crawl; Main Street in front of the Mural.
Sat Oct 1 – With Debo Kerr on Guitar: 4-6, Monmouth City Park, at the gazebo – (Manit Day 2022 Northwest; the annual cultural celebration of natives of the Marshall Islands, runs 10 am – 6 pm). .
Dec 12 @ – danzas por la Senora de Guadelupe. Times t.b.a.
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MUSINGS:… and brags… a few old video links near the bottom of this page … notes on lessons …
pre-covid Memories: Summer of 2018… sunny Saturday Mornings at the Independence Saturday Market. On the first warm day I fiddled 2 1/2 hours straight, a wide variety, from hoedowns to show tunes: after each straight to the next without a break, always changing key, and genre, and alternating between bare tunes and songs with lyrics. I loved it; back home I wrote down the tune list, 60+ … tunelist here.
Enjoyed The Elements that made Old Time Fiddle, a program for Santiam Historical Society, Stayton, June 2018. First, violin: Mark Babson sampled baroque/classical/ romantic violin pieces; then I sampled different threads that contributed to old-time fiddle: 1) an ancient tune, Soldier’s Joy, inc. how it can be played many ways but is still the same; 2) a tune played in an open tuning; 3) the Scots/Scots-Irish migrations to Appalachia and the Mixolydian mode of the bagpipe chanter; 4) the influence of African-American fiddlers; 5) synthesis of these in a tune from SW Virginia; 6) for contrast, a regular New England/Eastern Canada tune; 7) a French Canadian tune; 8) the influx of rags; 9) swing; 10) Scandinavian; 11) a Norteño tune; and, 12) for where do all these tunes come from?, how I made “The Swallows”, and played that. A one-hour romp through old-time fiddle, and a hit.
The St. Paul Rodeo July 3 was fun: Opened and played breaks for The Bronco Billy Band. No set list; old country-western standards alternated with fiddle tunes named for hoofed animals, finishing with Bill Staines’ great rodeo rider’s lament, Sweet Wyoming Home, yo-de-lay-ee oo… which they hadn’t heard of, I think… (all went 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 reels, squares, circles. I love doing this!
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,
for an authentic 1859 dinner and dance.
Suzi on the left. The lady in the gray skirt skirt twirled in the center of “Bird in the Cage”… touching everyone’s ankles!
Appalachian fiddle tunes: Intense Appalachian fiddle tunes jam in Keizer on the second Sunday of each month. Here’s a few tunelists. About half of the core group of 15 or so musicians show up at any particular jam. Inquire.
Second Wednesday each month, Monmouth Senior Center, 6:30 – 8pm; (a few friends practice/perform) musicians and listeners welcome!
Mix, tunes and wild songs: in Corvallis, 2nd Thursdays of each month; at Old World Deli, 7 pm; hosted by Wild Hogs in the Woods.
General jam: Guthrie Park, 3 miles south of Dallas at 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, every Friday night, 6:30-10 pm for 28 years, until Covid (I never missed a Friday from the first session for ten years or so). [Note — I stopped in 2019 after a lead musician dropped her loaded pistol on the stage… been back a couple of times after covid.] A large jam – 10 or 15 musicians each week, a large and faithful audience of folks on the benches around. Strict rotation around the circle of musicians; country-western, older pop, folk, fiddle tunes and waltzes, and everyone can play all of ’em. If weather is nice, fiddlers may move out to the porch.
An Appalachian Christmas – “Presenting three of the valley’s most respected folk musicians Truman Price, Jane Keefer, Tim Crosby.”
The “Appalachian Christmas” with Jane Keefer and Tim Crosby was fun to research! Asked for an hour program; studied, laid it out, we practiced once and nailed it: great: widely varied, perfect; many groups around the valley would love to have it — if only they knew about it! 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 son 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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