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Ahhh, The Memories - The Old Band and a Teufelsgeige

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Jan 21, 2020 - 9:27:42 AM
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rinemb

USA

11883 posts since 5/24/2005

I was preparing to migrate files from old computer to another computer, and found a set of pics of our band, Stumpwater,  in 2010, on a real stage in a real auditorium. Unusual for us. All four can play banjo and guitar, three of us can play upright bass-maybe four, two play fiddle...
But only I played the "teufelsgeige", pronounced "tie-fulls-guy-guh".

*The banjo is the "Red Haired Boy" a custom made for me, by Chuck Lee.  (I used to have red hair)

This was primarily a Old Time gig and we chose to wear blue coveralls (mine are Pointer Brand-of course ;-) ) but we also did a set of traditional Cajun and a set of traditional German.

The guitar player is also a BHO member, Lance.

The teufelsgeige is a messy percussion thing, that I believe the Prussians brought back from Turkey in some war and adapted into many forms. I made this one from many parts, including my own hand-painted Irish Boudran with German fraktur painted design.
I played it with a rhythm saw drum stick along with all the while rhythmically banging the floor with the whole thing. From top to bottom, this "Devil's Fiddle" includes:
<A custom hand carved devil's head
<small high hat cymbal set (that clashed as the rod hit the floor)
<swiss bells on the crossbar (with German medalion and ribbons)
<Cowbell
<woodblock
<crash cymbol
<drum/boudran

(((How about some band pics of you all))   Brad




 

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:31:48 AM

Jbo1

USA

874 posts since 5/19/2007

Funny, you mention everyone plays almost every instrument on the stage. But you don't mention the (duh duh dahhhhh!) accordion.

I guess every group has their hidden skeletons.

(any recordings? Looks like a fun group)

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:42:15 AM
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rinemb

USA

11883 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Jbo1

Funny, you mention everyone plays almost every instrument on the stage. But you don't mention the (duh duh dahhhhh!) accordion.

I guess every group has their hidden skeletons.

(any recordings? Looks like a fun group)


Tyler plays button Cajun melodeons and German Steirische harmika.  Ain't no accordians in our band! ;-)

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:43:20 AM
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rinemb

USA

11883 posts since 5/24/2005

The band has been on break for a few years. Thanks, Brad

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:30:35 PM

Mooooo

USA

7431 posts since 8/20/2016

I've never heard of the teufelsgeige before, It is now at the top of my list of most annoying instrument to bring to a bluegrass jam. Next to spoons and didgeridoo.

Edited by - Mooooo on 01/21/2020 12:31:39

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:12:51 PM
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Jbo1

USA

874 posts since 5/19/2007

@Mooooo, you mean the didgeridon't

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:56:59 PM

chuckv97

Canada

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My hat’s off to you, Brad. I don’t know what it’s called but one guy I know brought to a jam one of those instruments you blow into and has a small piano-style keyboard, made of plastic yet....sheesh.  After he took a solo break on it I told him I was ready to puke.....he still mentions it to me in fun, but never brought it again.  Your toyfullguyg sounds much more interesting.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/21/2020 13:59:05

Jan 21, 2020 - 2:06:58 PM
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rinemb

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11883 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

My hat’s off to you, Brad. I don’t know what it’s called but one guy I know brought to a jam one of those instruments you blow into and has a small piano-style keyboard, made of plastic yet....sheesh.  After he took a solo break on it I told him I was ready to puke.....he still mentions it to me in fun, but never brought it again.  Your toyfullguyg sounds much more interesting.


Its now a handsome object d' art in the house, that my wife has managed to stand in a discrete area in our home.  It was a beast to play, due to its weight.  My solos were fun, when I was really feelin it.  I never had the nads to take it to a jam...of any kind.  Brad

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