McClurg Jam

McClurg Jam

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships at Lawrence Kansas

Last sunday was the annual Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships in Lawrence Kansas. As always, it was very hot out and as always, it was sunny and beautiful. The crowd turnout was about normal. There did not seem to be as many food vendors this year. For me it was noticeable that there was no ice cream to be had. Leo Posch was there in spite of having been seriously injured from a bicycle accident. It was good to see him there. There was a jam going on at his area that was pretty good. A lot of folks care about Leo and are pulling for his complete recovery. Leo makes some of the very best guitars anywhere and I'm not exaggerating. He's also one of the nicest guys around. The sound system at the South stage was terrible this year. I had to struggle to hear the flatpickers this year and missed about half of what was played. They need more speakers and they need to turn it UP! This event really made me feel good about living in Kansas. Lawrence is still a small town and the crowd was made up of folks across N.E. Kansas (mostly) that are heartland down home types. I love kansas and it's people. Good people and the land is beautiful. The music was pretty good this year too. I missed some of the contests as I left a couple hours earlier than planned due to the heat. The Jams were really good this year. There seemed to be more of them and there was some real fine playing. I was really glad to see that and I hope that continues next year. I might well join in. All in all it was yet another good year and I want to express my appreciation to all those folks who work so hard at putting this on. Thanks! Check out the photos

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summer is over and jamming season is upon us

Not to forget but we need to resume our jamming seeing that the summer is over and vacations are behind us. Let me invite you to our jam in Mission/Prairie Village Ks if you live close enough. I hope we can resume it in a couple weeks or so. We need new members but remember...it's an Old Time Fiddle Tunes jam.

Slow blogging soon to be cured.

I have a new post that should be up this week. Sorry I've been so slow here. Serious fatigue issues but they are improving. I just bought a really good camera and hope to provide some videos and photos and not completely depend on others. Last sunday was the Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships and I will post some picture and comments pretty soon.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tricia Spencer at the Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival fiddle contest

Tricia plays Spotted Pony. Does a great job of it. I've been really busy at work and a recent bout of insomnia made posting impossible but I'm doing better so I hope to start posting more regularly. The Kansas State Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin championships are coming up and I will post as much as I can about it. meanwhile...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Farewell to the Dunhams

Ben Dunham contacted me late last year and wanted to know where he could jam with other OT musicians here in KC. Well, things led to things and we started a jam with the first session at Ben and Liz's home near KU Medical Center. We had some really fine jams there and at our other homes. Sadly, Liz has completed her training course here in Kansas City and they have moved far away to the west. On behalf of the other Jam members, we wish them God speed and a safe journey. We will all miss them a great deal.
Not to forget, they had their first child here in KC. Little Hazel is their new daughter and she is such is little angel!