Fiddle and …
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2022 Calendar beginning at last!
Thurs Mar 17, St. Patrick’s Day, 6 pm : 30 min. solo set, opening for Pirate Jenny – – Pirate Rock! Alberta Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St, Portland
… leftovers of 2021:
4th of July — A short set of Patriotic songs; America the Beautiful, a military medley, the important verses of This Land is Your Land & Ochs’ Power and the Glory… among others. Riverview Park, 4:30 – 5 pm. With Nathan Anderson of MusicalIndependence.
July 10 Sat , 11-1; for Sons & Daughters of the Oregon Trail, at Champoeg.
Nov 11, Friday, 11 am – solo, Vets’ Day, for a retirement home.,. inc. all the military anthems– “Who knows this one?” and bits of Oregon history.
Wed. Dec. 8, 6 pm : 30 min. solo set; Opening for Pirate Jenny, Pirate Rock! Alberta St. Pub, PDX
Dec 12 – danzas por la Senora de Guadelupe, in Albany at 11:30, in Independence at 4 pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
A few square dances were scheduled but cancelled, as super-spreader events.
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GENERAL MUSINGS: … a few old video song links near the bottom of this page … notes on lessons …
Recent memories: Summer of 2018 was nice. Fiddled about half of all Sunny Saturday Mornings at the Independence Saturday Market. On that first warm spring day I did 2 1/2 hours without a break, as wide a variety of songs and tunes, from show tunes to hoedowns: after each tune or song, straight to the next, but changing key, and genre, each time and alternating between tunes and songs with lyrics. Later, I wrote down a tune list, over 60 of them, all I could remember… tunelist here.
The Elements that made Old Time Fiddle. A program at Brown House, Stayton, June 2018: Mark Babson did a set on violin, sampling baroque/classical/romantic violin pieces. My contribution sampled 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 sample 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! Doesn’t feel exactly like a jig to me, but like a regular 4/4 measure plus a half-measure, repeated many times very quickly. Hard! — and needs a lot more work!)
The St. Paul Rodeo July 3 was fun. Opened for, and played breaks for, The Bronco Billy Band. No firm set list: tunes whose titles mentioned large animals alternated with old country-western songs, finishing with Bill Staines’ great rodeo rider’s lament, Sweet Wyoming Home, yo-de-lay-ee oo… which Bronco Billy had never heard of (but all went well).
The “Steam Punk Jane Austen Ball” near Halloween was another 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 this stuff!
poke here for some of 2016
Lots of old calendars here. … & a few old photos
|Solo fiddling and calling, an 1800’s Reel for a sesquicentennial party at Newell House by Champoeg, with 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”… touched everyone’s ankles!
LOCAL JAMS: ...all suspended in 2020… resuming 2022
Appalachian fiddle tunes: A nice Appalachian fiddle tunes jam in Keizer on the second Sunday of each month — Restarted! Feb 2022. 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.
General fiddle jam: in Corvallis, 1st Thursdays of each month; at Old World Deli, 7 pm; hosted by OOTFA … A good varied jam. Hasn’t restarted yet.
Appalachian fiddle tunes: in Corvallis, was on 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!
General jam: Guthrie Park, 3 miles south of Dallas at 4320 Kings Valley Hwy, has resumed Dec 2021; it ran every Friday night, 6:30-10 pm, for 28 years (I never missed a Friday in the first ten years or so). [[Note — I did stop for a while in 2019-20 after a lead musician accidentally dropped her loaded pistol on the stage… I haven’t resumed after covid, and may not.] 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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Canora: Notes from
Perfect-bound pb, 8.5″, 254 pp
Some nice comments from readers
Back cover shows our music room,
“An Appalachian Christmas” with Jane Keefer and Tim Crosby was a fun gig!
|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:
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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I’ve taught beginning violin to advanced fiddle for many years. Former students have become players and bandleaders. Also enjoyed presenting a workshop “fiddle for violinists,” seven times at NW Folklife in Seattle and for the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers annual convention in Rickreall.
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