Posted by lbuhler on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Went July 25th to the Morehead Old Time Fiddlers Convention - saw some absolutely wonderful old time banjo players. They were playing claw hammer and two finger style. There were 15 banjo players competing (from California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado, West Virginia, Kentucky - etc). It was just wonderful. Really inspired me to try my hand at claw hammer style.
If you get a chance next year to go there - you should go. It was a small festival - but I feel it will really grow. I had a wonderful time.
Also, I competed in the Mountain Dulcimer Contest and WON! Couldn't believe it! Anyway, had a great day of competing and jamming.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 @11:31:31 AM
Congratulations on winning the dulcimer contest, Ed. I wanted to go to Morehead, but it conflicted with Kentukcy Music Weekend here in Louivsille. I hope to get to the J.P. Fraley Gathering in September. I had a good visit there last year.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 @1:05:48 PM
So, this was my very first time playing "on stage", especially in front of an audience. I have played jam sessions, at parties, on the street during the "Paris Art Walk" while people were walking by. But never in front of an audience, especially an audience full of musicians. So, when I played John Henry - they know what it is supposed to sound like. I was okay until everyone applauded - that is when I looked up and realized how many people were really watching. The 2nd song I played was one that I wrote (it is in my MP3 section - June Showers). I did okay on it, but not as good as I have played it in the past because I was shaking a little.
After it was all said and done - I felt much better. I can't wait until I get a chance to do it again so I can get more used to it. One of these days I hope to get up enough nerve to sing on stage......... we'll see.
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