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My *Big Debut* Old Time Fiddlers Jam

Posted by on Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hey folks, 

I know you'll be pleased to hear that I finally got over my fears and faced an actual audience with my amazing banjo skills !!

My wonderful banjo teacher has been *strongly* encouraging me for months (years?) to come out and play with him and his family at one of the Portland Old Time Fiddlers Association local jams/performances. I've been secretly, or not so secretly, terrified to do this but figured, "What the hell?"

This was also an opportunity for my son Nick (8 y/o) to showcase his fiddle talents after studying for the last two years. So this turned out to be a sort of "recital" for us which was really great because we got to play together!

We received support from my banjo teacher's family with the Hakanson family on guitar, bass and backup fiddle. We played a rousing rendition of "Boil them Cabbage" (a classic) and "Long Long Ago", another great old tune. My son Nick did a fabulous job and he is clearly a natural performer. I, on the other hand, just tried to make it through alive, in which I succeeded. 

Overall, the experience was pretty scary for me but the audience was very kind and supportive and I didn't screw anything up too terribly. I made it through my songs and my solos and came out on the other side a bit more confident in my banjo-playing. And I have to say that, even though I've only been playing for two years, I realize now that I'm just slightly better than Noam Pikelny. ha ha ha!

Anyway, check out the pictures in my photo section and we'll possibly have video posted at some point as well. If you like aural torture you're in for a treat! (JUST KIDDING!!)

**UPDATE** Ok, we now have video and it's not too bad, you should check it out!

10 comments on “My *Big Debut* Old Time Fiddlers Jam”

irasmith Says:
Friday, March 25, 2011 @10:37:40 AM

Hi Rachel! Just took a peek at your video, you and your son sound great together! That new Banjo sounds fantastic! I commend you for getting out there in front of a crowd, and I thought you did a VERY good job. Do you still have your RB-250? Says:
Friday, March 25, 2011 @8:40:19 PM

hi ira, thanks a lot for the nice comment!! i still have my RB-250 (i use it as my lightweight travel banjo) and my Gibson Mastertone....

irasmith Says:
Monday, March 28, 2011 @12:51:15 PM

Thanks! Hey, I say the Water Tower Bucket Boy's at Rock Creek this weekend, sans Bass, and Mando. Cory is a Very good Banjo player!
See ya! (BTW, I was asking about the Master tone...glad to hear you have ALL of those banjo's!) Says:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @5:28:57 PM

hey ira... ha ha, yeah i guess that's my RB-250, huh... well, yes, i'm still lovin that too.
cory is rockin', i love those guys... cheers!

xixiant Says:
Friday, April 8, 2011 @6:23:24 PM

Woah, Rachel! Just saw this vid. Way to go, playing in front of people is terrifying. Big congratulations on a job well done! Says:
Friday, April 8, 2011 @6:24:27 PM

thank you, thank you.. yes it's terrifying but it turned out great!! thanks for watching my video!

bohemianbanjo Says:
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @10:20:20 AM

You make that new banjo sound great! Says:
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @10:22:01 AM

thanks bohemian!!

banjocatman Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @9:46:16 AM

Kudos to you for getting out and playing with others and in front of people. Says:
Monday, September 19, 2011 @9:58:15 AM

thanks! i've got to do more of that but it's a bit terrifying!

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