Sunday, October 7, 2018

Charlie Walden wins first place at the Illinois State Fiddle Championships.

Congratulations to Charlie Walden for winning first place at the Illinois State Fiddle Championships this year!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Help me spread the news

When I was really active here, I tried to post any and all information about Concerts, Performances, Festivals Etc. Please forward to me any information about who what when and where something is happening. I'm happy to share it here. I always wanted to make this a place for information.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Clifftop 2018 - Hooker's Hornpipe - Tricia Spencer

Credit goes the "Keiths" youtube channel. Go there for more.

Wonder of wonders, people are still reading this blog

I have not checked in here for years. I had hoped it would stay up and available and I now see that it still gets lots of visitors. I'm tempted to restart the blog.Lots of changes in a bit over four years since I quit posting. Some people have left the circle to linger in memories. New people keep raising up to carry on where others left off. I hope that if you find this blog and check out my posts that you come back and see what I might be doing in the future here. I really should modify what I said in my last posting. I have seen a conscious effort by people to set differences aside and get in the old circles together again. I think folks are just exhausted by the politics of the last ten years and the music and fun still hold the heart strings stronger than political and social differences. I'm soon to retire next year sometime and I will have tons of time to devote to this blog again. I think I will be able to get out there more and bring something back with me to share. Working in the job I have has not been good for that. Lets see what happens, shall we?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Charlie Walden's post with Fiddle Contest event listings. Check it out.

The annual list of fiddle contests on Charlie Walden's website has been posted. Check it out Missouri Fiddling Event Calender

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fiddle Contest, Tebbetts Missouri. (Polly Burre Memorial Old Time Fiddlers Contest)

I just found the announcement on Facebook for this event in central Missouri. Check it out. "*** Polly Burre Memorial Old-Time Fiddlers Contest *** Saturday, June 28, 2014 • 5 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Tebbetts, Missouri For the first time in 15 years, the Tebbetts Community Picnic is bringing back an old-time Fiddler's Contest. It will be named for the late Kenneth "Polly" Burre (1916-1999), who was a well-known organizer, promoter, and emcee of fiddle contests all over Missouri. Polly was also a musician in his own right. The event is part of the Tebbetts Community Picnic. Tebbetts is located 13 miles east of Jefferson City on Highway 94. (map) Cash prizes will be awarded in three divisions: Senior, Open, and Youth. Registration for the contest is free."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Firehouse Fiddle Contest, Springfield Mo. July 12, 2014

Josh Gilbert has announced the date for the third annual Firehouse Fiddle Contest to be held in Springfield Mo. July 12,2014 at the firefighters Union Hall. See the poster below.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The 31st Annual Arkansas State Fiddlers Convention coming up

The annual Arkansas Fiddler's Convention is coming up March 27th through the 30th at Harrison Arkansas. Be sure to check the link for full information. This is an event you should attend if you live in the general area of Northern Arkansas or Southern Missouri or, shucks just about anywhere. I won't be going but one of these days.... Here is the link Arkansas Fiddler's Convention
photo by Dwain Lair as seen in Harrison Daily Times.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Return of The SandyDome Jam in Illinois (EVENT CANCELED)

I don't know the history of this Jam/gathering but from what I understand, they used to hold this at least yearly at Lake Charleston near Charleston Il. Steve Harrison, formerly of the southern Illinois OT group,Indian Creek Delta Boys, is helping put this together. If you live in eastern Mo. or southern Illinois or where ever, this is a gathering you should consider attending. This is coming up in June, 13,14 at Waltonville, Illinois. I would encourage anyone who can, to plan on attending this revival of a gathering with a rich history. You can go to this site that Steve Harrison is running to promote the Jam. SandyDome South. If things allow I might try to find a way there myself but I can't be sure that far ahead. UPDATE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Re-release of Bill Graves CD by Missouri Old Time Fiddlers Assoc.

Bill Graves album "Sugar in the Coffee" has been re-released by the Missouri Old Time Fiddlers Association. Bill Graves was an Ozark style Fiddler who lived in Lebanon Missouri. Pre-revival Mountain Dulcimer playing is included. They are asking $12 dollars. I encourage everyone to consider buying these albums to keep the flame burning and for your own education in authentic fiddling in the Ozarks. I will make note of a problem that has concerned me ever since I started this album. Old Time music in the midwest was never just about the fiddle yet much of the work in preserving that heritage was done in the name of the fiddle. The music is much broader than that. This CD is an example of that with his very fine dulcimer playing. While I love the fiddle, there is more to hear which is one of the goals of this humble blog, to show you
. You can find the website to CD Baby here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mark Franzke, Prairie Village Luthier, Mandolin Maker Video

I have had Mark Franzke on my Instrument builder list for several years now. Here is a very nice video a friend of his made about him and his work building these spectacular mandolins. I have never met Mark but one of these days I need to. Those who know say his mandolins are wonderful. Pull up a chair and check this out. You will find a link to his website below right. Stop by and look. I encourage my readers to consider our wonderful regional builders. They are all building some especially fine instruments.

More dusting and cleaning of the blog

I have been tidying up at the blog ranch this week. Changed the look a little bit, dropped a couple of things I thought were more clutter than helpful, and am going to clean up my links, drop the dead ones, maybe add some new ones and finally start to make the Events page come to life. My work and other factors put me in a bad place this last year and I just kind of lost interest for a while and nearly gave up the blog but after being off work for a month my sanity returned and I'm back to blogging. Life is too short to work somewhere doing something you realize you hate. I went back to a former employer and found the place in much worse shape than when I left it. You really cannot go back "home" again. It's time for a transition to new things for me but that's another story. Now, on to the task at hand. I think the blog is getting better. I reviewed my early posts....yes, it's better now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Update on Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer

As you may know, Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer married somewhat recently and are now a duo. They also recently recorded a new CD, "The Old Man and The Old Woman". I have not purchased this yet and cannot review it but the three songs available for a free listen on their shared website (Spencer and Rains)were pretty good.Only Roustabout is on the new CD, the others are on Rains previous CD. As you know I really think a lot of Tricia's fiddle playing. Her CD of last year was in my opinion fantastic. I was a bit concerned when she married a Texan and I feared he would spirit her away to the Lone Star State and Kansas would lose a damn fine fiddler! But Tricia remains at her luthier job and Howard lives in both Austin and Lawrence. Here is the new album cover Howard designed.I think it's pretty neat myself.
You can see Spencer and Rains next week here in Kansas City. They will be teaching a workshop at the Folk Alliance Camp and Showcase on February 19-23. They are performing on friday at the Penn Valley location at 9:30 pm. I should also mention that there will be a number of really good musicians there. So many I can't begin to list them all. To mention some that caught my eye, Mike Compton, Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, Betse Ellis, Foghorn String Band, Riley Baugus,and so many many more. The list is huge. Must be over a hundred. I was thinking of going until I saw how expensive it is to attend. You'll need to visit the Camp website for info for your self. I'm unemployed again but to those who are serious about this, it might be worth it to be in the vicinity of so much good music and people. I am disappointed not to be going because I did want to see them perform and to see the huge number of others there. Here is the website for Folk Alliance
Ya'll go check 'em out some time hear! They are just flat good. Here is an example for your listening pleasure. Don't forget to buy that CD and if you don't have it yet, Tricia's CD from last year. I have to tell you they sure make Kansas proud. (Texas too!)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Billy Mathews playing a nice tune

Billy Mathews has been having health issues and I have not seen any videos of him playing lately. This is partly my fault because of the lousy stressful job I had this past year. I will try to post more as soon as I can. I got this off facebook and youtube via a mutual friend.

Ozark Music Preservation Workshop February 23, 2014 Acoustic Shoppe, Springfield Mo.

Chapman's Acoustic shoppe in Springfield Missouri is holding a "Ozark Music Preservation Workshop" on February 23rd with The Foghorn Stringband out of the Portland Oregon area. These folks are coming to share some real fine Old Timey music with local folks who might be interested in "Ozark Music Preservation" These folks from "away" can really play and it's a delight to hear them. I have never attended one of their shows or workshops so I can't tell you how these "away" people are in person. I really do hope there is a great turn out to see some really fine musicianship in the genre we all love. Old Time Music. You never know, some of the bluegrass people might just get that OT bug!!! If you don't know, The Acoustic Shoppe in Springfield Mo. is owned and run by Jeremy Chapman, formerly of the noted Bluegrass band "The Chapmans". This was a particularly fine family band with his Father and brothers. Jeremy was the flatpicking leg of that table and can he pick! I commend them for putting on this workshop even if these folks are from "away". We can all learn from each other right!? Here is the Band's link THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND. Here is the Shoppe's link Chapman's Acoustic Shoppe