So let's say you've brought your fiddle to a dinner get-together, hoping that other folks will show up and you'll be able to get a little session or jam going, but it ends up being just you and your fiddle, and everybody's saying, "We want to hear some music!" What do you play after dinner on the porch, as everyone is watching you and imbibing their finest inebriation fluid?
This happened to me a few nights back (more of less), and I (of course) played "The Frost Is all o'er" much as it sounds on my homepage. What tunes do you play?
Depending on the audience, I might play a jig set, usually "Geese in the Bog" - > "Morrison's" - > "Smash the Windows" or maybe play a familiar old time breakdown like "Turkey in the Straw" or "Arkansas Traveler" heck, I'm likely play a waltz or two if I'm not runnoft
Merry-go-round breakdown, Maple Sugar, Flop eared mule, some 12 bar blues, or Carrol County. Funny, this happened last weekend: Begged me to bring the fiddle. Never played a note. That "time" never happened.
Hmmm .... what ever I feel like playing at the moment. Nobody to keep up with or be in tune with. Start slow to warm up my aging fingers and let her rip. I would make sure to keep the tempo danceable for those bouncy types.
The first ones my fingers gravitate to are -- Red Haired Boy Blarney Pilgrim Soldier's Joy The second big tune in the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. (I think I play it in D) Django's Nuages Any twelve bar blues shuffle