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Oct 15, 2021 - 9:42:51 AM

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It's always an invigorating treat when Andy Alexis chooses a song to share. He not only has personal history in performing it, but offers actual history, too. Living in the gold rush region of California, Andy has learned some songs associated with its legacy. Our new Tune of the Week, though borrowed from the minstrel tradition, showcases a gold miner, and a female one at that. Also called California Bloomer, take a look and listen to TOTW, 10/15/21, Miss Ella - Nelly Bly.

Oct 22, 2021 - 8:33:39 AM

6742 posts since 6/27/2009

Some of our presenters go back far enough to have had closer contact with source players than many of us, as in this latest TOTW. Carl Baron played with a group in the 70's who gave him access via their own home recordings to a source player, Indiana fiddler John "Dick" Summers. It's said Summers played with the "excellence of 19th century fiddling" and Carl includes his recording for us. Enjoy a dance tune on TOTW, 10/22/21, Lowery's Quadrille.

Oct 29, 2021 - 9:28:06 AM

6742 posts since 6/27/2009

Mark Tomko may not be any where near the west at the moment (he's in Copenhagen, Denmark), but he's still thinking about it and returns to the states soon.  In his on-going lessons with Adam Hurt, Mark has explored two versions of an old-time tune many of his know.  Come and join us in this week's exploration of how a tune can take on many faces and names, but still be the same tune.  TOTW, 10/29/21, Western Country is one to work on if it's new for you.

Nov 5, 2021 - 9:25:11 AM

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The international flavor of TOTW has been enhanced with Mark Gentry’s contribution of a sweet a Quebecois tune. Mark also shares an interesting biography of the fiddler and has recorded a beautiful take on it, including tab.  You'll enjoy this week's TOTW, 11/5/21, La Belle Catherine.

Nov 12, 2021 - 3:42:53 PM

6742 posts since 6/27/2009

We had a little head start this week on a possum tune, with Mtngoat’s choice. He regularly plays fiddle tunes and has chosen one in the key of G, more rare in our repertoire. Though the title is attached to other keys and melody, we'll focus on G. Have some fun with TOTW, 11/12/21, Possum Up a Gum Stump while I figure out how you get very far climbing a stump. 

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:57:06 AM

6742 posts since 6/27/2009

I posted last Friday, but neglected to announce it here. I took someone's place, which has happened again this week. A special guest presenter will post as a substitute later today.  My choice harmonized with the Thanksgiving theme.  Did you know at the first Thanksgiving there were actually no turkeys, but there were ducks, geese, and venison?  The tune is a very pretty one, so I hope you will enjoy the TOTW, 11/19/21, Geese Honking.

Nov 26, 2021 - 11:31:54 AM

6742 posts since 6/27/2009

And now we can reveal our guest presenter, long-time friend and multiple-times presenter of TOTW Don Borchelt.  Don has chosen an original fiddle tune of Owen "Snake" Chapman of Kentucky. Snake's music continuously enters our growing list of tunes to explore. Read about how Don's cat enters the scene in TOTW, 11/26/21.

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