This is the first blog I have ever written, I hope the reader will find it amusing.
My music ranges from Celtic to Bluegrass, Beatles and Country.
My late dad, used to say "quit your fiddlin and foolin around" . This was long before I started with the fiddle as a teenager.
He might be surprised that 40 years later I'm still fiddlin and foolin around and now I'm getting paid for it.
This week I have been extremely busy with four planned gigs (and two rehearsals) with four different groups.
As it happens, I have not played fiddle on the first two. Thursday night I played a concert in Marblehead, Mass with my Celtic band the Breakheart Ceildh Band.
When I opened my fiddle case just before showtime I found the D string had snapped. I thought, "somebody doesn't want me to play fiddle tonight ".
Because I had Herb Smooth on fiddle and Steve Levy on tenor banjo and mandolin and because I am the main lead singer and guitarist it was not great loss to the listening audience.
Joining us for this one concert was upright bassist, Steve Wainwright, solid musician, singer and a witty raconteur.
June 22 8-midnight I was on guitar and vocals with the Reiner Family Band at a surprise 75th birthday with a fine creative young fiddler, Andy Reiner, who you may be hearing form in coming years.
His brother Eric Reiner
was wonderful as usual on piano. Mom Cindy Eid Reiner was a steadying presence on bodhran banjo and vocals. Steve Brown All-Ireland champion on the bones, joined us on vocals whistle, bones and bodhran also.
Dad Dave Reiner, also a fantastic fiddler, was absent at a mandolin camp in Tennessee. He was missed, but we had wonderful time anyway.
I feel privileged to work with such wonderful people and musicians.
I have two more gigs Sunday I'll report on those anon,
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