Posted by ScottK on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
We had a fun Crankset Stringband practice on Friday night. As usual, Lisa threw a few new tunes at us, but that’s part of the fun of playing with Lisa. We’re just playing a one hour dance on Saturday night and they teach the dances before calling them, so we don’t need too many tunes. Here’s our set list:
Swamp Cat Rag
Ship in the Clouds
Cotton Eyed Joe
Sisters of the Road
(John Salyer’s) Fire on the Mountain
Valse des poeles (waltz)
I didn’t know Ship in the Clouds (at least not in G tuning) or Puncheon Floor, so I’ve been wood-shedding since Friday to learn them in time for the dance. Lisa also threw out Hale’s Rag and Eck Robertson’s There’s a Brownskin Girl Down the Road Somewhere, but there’s no way I’m going to learn those in time for the Gathering. Future project.
Portland’s a fun town even when there’s not a Gathering happening, and I had a good day on Sunday. It started out with a couple hours of morning wood-shedding on the afore-mentioned tunes. Then my wife and I headed out to the Columbia River Gorge and hiked Latourell Falls. I haven’t hiked it in a while and forgot how spectacular it is:
On the way home my wife dropped me off at the Power Station Pub at McMenamins Edgefield while she ran some errands with her mom who lives in Troutdale.
I read for a couple hours while sipping a couple of their Better Late Than Never IPAs. I love to read and never find as much time to read as I would like, so this was a treat!
After we got home I headed over to the Every Sunday Square Dance at the Village Ballroom where Sophie Vitells, Isaac Enloe, Maggie Lind, and Patrick Lind were ripping it up while Caroline Oakley put the dancers through their paces.
Since it’s on my way home from the Village Ballroom, after the dance I stopped in at the Moon & Sixpence and caught about an hour of Foghorn Stringband while visiting with some local old time music friends. And since it’s on my way home from the Moon & Sixpence, after that I stopped in at Biddy McGraw’s and caught the last set of Felim Egan and my son Erik playing Irish Trad. And I even managed to get home before midnight!
Since the last POTMG Dispatch I’ve heard from a couple friends from New York, another friend from California, another friend from British Columbia, and another friend from Seattle who are coming, so the anticipation continues to build! Tomorrow night at the Spare Room! Can’t wait!
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