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An Extravaganza Not to be Missed!

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The Spy Run String Band will be playing a contra dance this coming Saturday, Oct. 18, at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The dance starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 11. I wish I could remember the cost for tickets, but it's not much. This event is sponsored by the newly-created Fort Wayne Tradtional Music and Dance Society.  Email me if you want more particulars.

Ed Benner will be playing fiddle. The Revs. (yep, both of them of ministers) Jan and John Long will be playing hammered dulcimer and guitar, respectively. I'll be rappin' the banjo.

Our debut as a string band and also playing for the society's first contra dance last month was an unqualified success. We had about 50 people show up and dance.

We play a mostly southern Appalachian stringband music (thankfully), and I hope to bring a new banjo to the dance this Saturday.

This instrument was recently built by Mike Dawson of Grabil, Ind., who lives about 40 minutes from my home. It's a real beauty -- 12-inch pot, maple neck, some pretty inlays. I'll post a photo and do some recordings with it soon. And I hope to put it through its paces on Saturday night.

This past weekend, I attended Civil War Days in Hartford City, Ind., about an hour south of my home. It was a glorius weekend, with highs in the low 80s, and the event was pretty big for reenactments these days. Several hundred yanks and rebs took to the field.

I attended in period clothing with my Ramsey minstrel banjo and sat along sutler row playing minstrel tunes. I was later joined by local musicians who I had never met before but we played  music together and had a good time. The public sure seemed to like us.

Making new friends, playing music on a warm fall day, seeing the faces of children drawn to the music. Hey, it don't get much better than that..










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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @8:29:27 AM


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