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A Spectacular Debut! A Band for the Ages!

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Monday, September 29, 2008

I am proud to say that last Saturday was the debut of the Spy Run String Band at a venue here in Fort Wayne, Ind., and nary a one of us got touched by a fruit or vegetable.

Indeed, our desperate audience seemed appreciative of our music making. Later, the prison guards told us that the inmates had an uneventful evening after being returned to their cells.

Proof again that music soothes the savage beast in us all.

But seriously, folks, we did play a contra dance at the University of Saint Francis, and as far as I could determine, there were no felons on work release attending, with the exception of those in the band. The 50 people who did show danced with smiles on their faces.

It went surprisingly well for the first dance sponsored by the Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society, of which I am the treasurer. (Hopefully a responsibility that I will be able to unload on some unsuspecting person soon.)

Our next dance, at the school, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, and will feature Ed Benner on fiddle, John Long on guitar, Jan Long on hammered dulcimer, and me on the old banjer. No bass as of yet.

We had a practice session yesterday to go over some tunes and add new ones to our repetoire (that there is a french word) of tunes so that we won't go stale.

FYI, Spy Run is a creek and a street in Fort Wayne. Still, we are thinking of trench coats, fedoras and sunglasses for our next performance.



4 comments on “A Spectacular Debut! A Band for the Ages!”

twayneking Says:
Monday, September 29, 2008 @1:37:52 PM


bob gregory Says:
Monday, September 29, 2008 @3:57:21 PM

Dean, good to hear your having a great time ,sounds like alot of FUN.  Regards bob

dbrooks Says:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @6:13:55 AM

Congratulations on the debut.  We have a "volunteer" contra dance band that plays the Monday night dances here in Louisville. There might be anywhere from 5 to 15 musicians (and aspiring musicians) on the stage.  There are 8 or 9 microphones, so the newer folks can play unamplified and still contribute while they are learning the tunes.  It's great fun, though I have a conflict this fall with a class I'm teaching.  I hope the Fort Wayne dance group is successful.

FretlessinTexas Says:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @7:03:59 AM

Thanks all for your comments. It was a good debut. The band was tight and the dancers had fun. We just hope to build on our success.

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