Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Mike Parks just posted a clip of him playing this tune which was the first time I have heard this one. I really like this tune. I am going to try to learn this one and perhaps our jam can pick this one up? Here is a nice rendition I found on YouTube. Here are the lyrics Wilkes Booth came to Washington, an actor great was he, He played at Ford's Theater, and Lincoln went to see; It was in early April, not many weeks ago, The people of this fair city all gathered at the show. The war it is all over, the people happy now, And Abraham Lincoln arose to make his bow; The people cheer him wildly, arising to their feet, And Lincoln waving of his hand, he calmly takes his seat. And while he sees the play go on, his thoughts are running deep, His darling wife, close by his side, has fallen fast asleep; From the box there hangs a flag, it is not the Stars and Bars, The flag that holds within its folds bright gleaming Stripes and Stars. J. Wilkes Booth he moves down the aisle, he had measured once before, He passes Lincoln's bodyguard a-nodding at the door; He holds a dagger in his right hand, a pistol in his left, He shoots poor Lincoln in the temple, and sends his soul to rest. The wife awakes from slumber, and screams in her rage, Booth jumps over the railing, and lands him on the stage; He'll rue the day, he'll rue the hour, as God him life shall give, When Booth stood in the center stage, crying, 'Tyrants shall not live!' The people all excited then, cried everyone, 'A hand!' Cried all the people near, 'For God's sake, save that man!' Then Booth ran back with boot and spur across the back stage floor, He mounts that trusty claybank mare, all saddled at the door. J. Wilkes Booth, in his last play, all dressed in broadcloth deep, He gallops down the alleyway, I hear those horses feet; Poor Lincoln then was heard to say, and all has gone to rest, 'Of all the actors in this town, I loved Wilkes Booth the best.' Here is the music that I could find
Sunday, January 13, 2013
We gathered for the first time last night and I am happy to report we have a great group of people who can play Old Time music very well...except for me. I have really gotten rusty but I am now inspired again and think I can get up to speed pretty quickly. If your serious about playing OT music and are interested please email me and we would welcome your attendance. Let me restate. Only Old Time music. Nothing else. Our next jam will be in two weeks. This kind of thing just puts the cherry on the cake for me. I had gotten a bit discouraged with my playing and nearly gave up but this just fired me right up again. Here are a few pictures of some of the fine folks that joined us for some great music. It was a great time! Thanks to all for coming and it sure was good meeting you all!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Tonight we have our first jam. It's been two years since I ended my last attempt. This time I will not "own" the jam. Others will have to either do that or share in the effort. I am happy to be a facilitator and partial sponsor for the time being. I will report back later about the experience and of course have pictures. If your reading this and are interested in the jam, stand by for further developments. If this works, and I hope it does, it will become permanent and then we will want others to join us too. It looks like we could really use a fiddler. Wish us luck!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A couple years ago I posted a video clip of Hal Sappington playing at the regular jam at the Warrensburg Library OT jam. Recently, I was informed that a CD, DVD and Book were available featuring Hal Sappington and friends. It's titled, Old TIme Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler, by R.M. Kinder and Kristine Lowe Martin. from the Johnson County Historical Society Press. According to the author,"The book chronicles Hal's life, and the groups he has played with over the years. It shows how he grew up knowing many of the tunes from the time he was born." It's available from, Lisa Irle, Curator Johnson County Historical Society 302 North Main St. Warrensburg, MO 64093 The book and DVD is $25 and a CD Hal Sappington made is also available for $10. Howard Marshall provides a good review of the CD in the Missouri Folklore Society Newsletter. Do yourself a favor and go read. MoFolklore
Due to the recent passing of Garry Harrison as noted in an earlier posting, I have decided to expand my blog coverage to include Illinois. From now on I will be looking at Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Illinois. Of course, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa will sneak in from time to time but only incidentally. I will cast my net a bit further from now on. One slight caveat. I won't cover the Chicago area at all.That should be done by someone there. And maybe it is. It's a sad fact that I had heard about the Indian Creek Delta Boys from Garry's brother Steve but I simply did not realize just how wonderful a group they were or the good work they did until after finally hearing them after Garry's passing. Being from northern Illinois originally and not having lived there since 1973, I had not heard of them even though I became a fan of Bluegrass music in 72. At any rate, The following article provides an overview of the groups history and beginnings. I will not try to restate it for you but you can read it yourself there. The purpose of this article is to announce the offering of a CD of recordings by this group. The proceeds of this CD will be applied to The Garry Harrison Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are to help two players to attend upcoming workshops where Illinois Old Time music will be taught.A worthy cause in my estimation. Garry Harrison did a lot of work in trying to preserve the history and tunes of old Illinois and this will help keep what he did moving forward for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. http://www.fieldrecorder.com/docs/store2008.htm Please follow the link to the article for more information on this group. Indian Creek Delta Boys I'm always broke this time of year but I'm going to buy this one soon. I hope many of you will consider buying it too. If for no other reason than it's good Old Timey music. Here is one clip I found and a fairly old one of them playing in Libertyville Ill. This last clip features Garry on the fiddle. I must say, I reallllly like his fiddling. A lot.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Our first jam will be Jan 12. I am looking forward to playing again. This is long overdue. Right now, it's not wide open to everyone. I think we want to see how this goes. The hope is that we can get something going. Later, I hope we can build something more inclusive but I do believe that any OT jam has to have it understood that OT is whats getting played and no Jimi Hendrix. It seems obvious but you would be amazed. What could be better than playing music with fellow OT enthusiasts?! I am excited.
June Apple is one of my favorite tunes. I first heard it on Simeon Magby's CD that I bought in Mountain View Arkansas some years back. I still actually prefer his version and the clawhammer banjo player on that track just nails it for me. In the following video clip this lady plays it very similarly. I will share with you several clips to showcase the song. I really want to include this tune in the upcoming jam (hint hint). This is an Old Timey tune that is upbeat and cheery. I could not find a heartland regional clip so I am using what I can find from wherever it is. I posted this clip back in the beginning of the blog and it's a good cover of the tune. For you fellow flatpickers, here is a version for you. I really like the fiddle work here. The backup is not to my preference. Seems out of synch with the tune to me. Just saying. Finally, here is a version on Mandolin. Some sources call this an old Scottish Reel. Tommy Jarrell was noted to play this one. Here is a tab on scorch for June Apple. It requires you add Scorch to your browser. Its very safe and a great resource. Fear not. http://docsguitar.com/tabs/JuneApple.html Here are some lyrics for the tune. There could well be variants and probably are. June Apple June Apple Wish I was a june apple Hanging on a tree Everytime my true love pass Take a bite of me Take a bite of me my love Take a bite of me Everytime my true love pass take a bite of me. You ride the old grey mare I'll ride the roan You get there before I do Leave my gal alone Train on the island Heard that whistle blow Thought I heard my true love say Yonder comes my beau Going 'cross the mountain I'm going in a swing And when I get to the other side I'll hear my true love sing. Don't you hear that banjo sing I wish that gal was mine Can't you hear that banjo sing I wish that gal was mine. Charlie he's a nice young man Charlie he's a dandy Charlie he's a nice young man Feeds the girls on candy. Goin down to the river to feed my sheep Going down to the river Charlie Going down to the river to feed my sheep Feed them on Barley. And finally, here is some sheet music with chords for your use. http://looselywoven.org/concerts/caves/music/June%20Apple.pdf