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Jam-O-Rama or The Very Exciting Day at the Cabin in the Park

Sunday, January 25, 2015 @6:14:33 PM

If you didn’t know, the only contact I have with other fiddlers has been at the monthly meeting of the Fiddlers Association of Iowa (fiddle club).  This is generally a “play three songs in front of the group” kind of affair and is a great opportunity to hear tunes and see folks.  It’s something, but it’s not really an old time experience.  After much deliberation (like two years or something), I finally got off my duff and put together an OT jam last month.  A couple of months in advance I asked the only other cross tuner at the club, Bettie, about attending a jam.  She was very enthusiastic and supportive and she offered to invite several people and I invited my banjo playing friend Paul plus a couple from fiddle club.  I reserved the 'cabin' in the park conveniently located across the street (my town consists of houses, a trailer sized post office, a city park and a church).

On the day of the event there were 12 in attendance (Thank you ALL for coming) including me and FHO member Brian (bandsmcnamar) and his wife Susan. Two or three banjos, three guitars, bass, a mandolin or three and up to five fiddles.  Round robin tune calling, everybody plays most all the time, listening, back up playing, some singing, some Irish-y, a little cross tuning and one classic rock song (The Weight as sung by yours truly).  Some snacks and coffee, donations were made to pay for the rental.  I only actually knew 5 of the attendees and Brian from our contact here of FHO and in emails.  Great time had by all!  I couldn’t be happier and have another one lined up for Feb.  I see this as becoming a monthly event.

Here is a list of tunes played as I could recall them and via some recordings I made. If I knew code I'd make it be columns but I don't so scroll away if you're interested..

Key of D
St. Anne’s Reel
Lover’s Waltz*
Green Willis
Barlow Knife
Over the Waterfall
Julie Ann Johnson
Rock the Cradle Joe
Going Across the Sea+
Bill Cheatham
Road to Boston
Sarah Armstrong’s Reel
Sidh Beag Agus Sidh Mor*

Key of G
Tombigbee Waltz
Colored Aristocracy

Key of C
Billy in the Lowground

Key of A
Hanged Man’s Reel
Kitchen Girl
Old Joe Clark
June Apple
Salt Creek
Sally Ann
Money Musk*
Shenandoah Falls+

AEac#

Hickory Smith+
Hunting the Buffalo+

Songs
I Like Mountain Music
Johnson Boys*
Uncle Henry’s Gone*
The Weight

Other tunes ? key
Colman’s March*
Old Aunt Jenny w/her Nightcap On*
Crooked Stovepipe*
Dom Parrignon*
Cowboy’s Dream*
Little Brown Hand*

*tunes I did not know   +tunes I played that weren’t known by others.

 

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