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Play fiddle tunes, show respect and encouragement to one another

  • Mar 22, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Sooo... We are going to try something new for a little while during our Meetup on March 22. We'll concentrate on Irish Washerwoman Jig and Blackberry Blossom for a while, woodshed them in groups (guitars over there, fiddlers over here), to try and learn some about how it all works. Jake Mills, a young fiddler with lots of Bluegrass/ Fiddle Tune experience will come to help the fiddlers, and I'll work with the guitarist. The goal is to make the music accessible to all, so I think splitting up and working on our own part will help with that.  We'll come back together and see how it goes playing all together. After working on those two songs for a while, we'll move on. 

I appreciate everyone's patience. With a group where all levels are welcome, it is difficult to keep everyone engaged and happy, but with the right mindset, I think we can all go away happy to be making music together. 

I found a few websites with free back up tracks. You can tell how fast fiddle tunes are usually played because the slowest tempo offered is still a pretty good clip. We won't go that fast, but it is good to keep that goal in mind.

Song List:

We'll try to concentrate on the first two for a while:.

1. Irish Washerwoman Jig in G

2. Blackberry Blossom in G

after working on the above two, we'll move into these and see how far we get.

3. Sailor's Hornpipe in G, 

4. Medley:  Soldier's Joy in D going into Arkansas Traveler in D, going into Turkey in the Straw  

5. Kesh Jig in G, 

6. Devil's Dream in A, 

7. Road to Lisdoonvarna in e min, 

8. Over the Waterfall in D, 

9. St. Anne's Reel in D, 

10. Red Haired Boy in A, 

11. Whiskey Before Breakfast in D, 

12. Farewell to Ireland in a min, 

13. Ashokan Farewell in D, 

14. Butterfly in e min, 

17. Castle Kelly starts on a min

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  • Peggy

    I enjoyed joining you! Thanks for your patience with a beginner while I find my place in the group. Looking forward to the next get-together!

    March 24, 2014

  • Cathy

    Yes--It was fun! What I understood was Medley #1 Irish Washerwoman (in G), Kesh Jig (in G), Swallowtail Jig (in G). Medley #2 was the same that you had posted: Soldier's Joy in D going into Arkansas Traveler in D, going into Turkey in the Straw (now decided to be in G).

    March 24, 2014

  • John H.

    That was our best meetup yet! Thanks all! Also, I need help to figure out what we decided our medleys were. Medley #1 Irish Washerwoman, Kesh Jig and... Swallowtail Jig? Is that right? What did we decide on our Medley #2?

    March 23, 2014

  • Juli R.

    I'm not sure about attending yet - I have a rehearsal on the south side of town from 10am - 2pm. When you reply you can't hit maybe - so I just wanted to let you know I may be late, or not at all, just depends on how that rehearsal goes. Kevin will most likely be there.

    March 18, 2014

  • Darrell W.

    Hi Folks - Quick comment. Looking forward to this, but may have to bail out rather early. Other things pending later that day. Nothin' personal :-) D

    March 17, 2014

  • Cathy

    I just wanted to confirm that Turkey in the Straw is in the key of D? I recently found it in G also, but the rest of the medley is in D...

    March 17, 2014

  • Rich C.

    I'll be shooting our final scenes that day, so must send my regrets. See you next time!

    March 16, 2014

  • Pam B.

    Is this Meetup really happening today?!
    I will be at the gallery at or before 2:00.
    I'm looking forward to playing, learning,
    and teaching! (Swapping fiddle tunes.)
    - Pam

    February 22, 2014

    • John H.

      The meetup is March 22. Sorry I didn't get the message until now.

      February 22, 2014

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