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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Gentle on my mind' 15 min
'need 10 3/4" Ren Head' 2 hrs
'Qustion on value' 4 hrs
'Beautiful Maple Rim' 5 hrs
'Banjo Identification' 5 hrs