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.