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First Phillpsburg NJ Jam a resounding SUCCESS!

Posted by bj on Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I expected 5 or 6 people. At the height of the jam we had 19 people, jamming, and a couple cloggers dancing! We also had a couple more of the cloggers stay and listen for awhile, with the one older gal calling out tune suggestions. 6 fiddlers, two of whom were excellent, two incredible clawhammer players, a great mando, some really solid rhythm guitarists, a dobro, a double bass (and she was WONDERFUL!) . . . wow. I was blown away. It's a good thing we had it in the big room upstairs since the circle took up about half of it.

I finally got to meet FHO members Erica Huber and Charlie Piccione. Erica's dad, Bill Huber, was an excellent fiddler who was a friend of Jane's and Feodosia's. Carol, the Bass Player, is Erica's stepmom. Charlie used to run the jam over in Broadway NJ until they lost the use of the grange hall.

We got three or four folks from the Druckenmiller's jam. Some folks found out through the dulcimer mailing list, though we didn't have any dulcimers show up this time.

I don't think I'm going to have to worry about this one being a success. Everyone said they'd be back, and I have other folks who told me they couldn't make this one but would come to the next one. A few people commented that this was needed in the area and thanked me for organizing it.

YAY!!! YIPPEE!!! WOOHOO!!! We be jammin!!!

10 comments on “First Phillpsburg NJ Jam a resounding SUCCESS!”

janepaints Says:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @8:58:54 PM

Oh boy! I couldn't make it but am SO glad it worked for ya, BJ. And Carol showed up with her bass--she's the human heartbeat!! Carol played with Bill & I at Meil's few times plus was the bass player in some of Bill's combos. Seek and ye shall find! Hopefully finances and circumstances will allow me to attend next time. DANG, to repeat: I'm SO GLAD ya got this thing going. Was thinking about ya (and the event) all night, kept checking into FHO to see if ya posted anything about it.

bj Says:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @9:27:22 PM

Carol is wonderful. We'd be starting a tune, and it would be kinda weak and scrawny and then she'd come in with the Bass and . . . WOW! Erica held her own too. She was self conscious at first, but she settled in nicely. Dee came also. I hope she chimes in here. This was her first OT jam.

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @1:14:51 AM

Wow- congratulations!

FiddleCat Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @2:37:27 AM

Ding Dong.. I'm here. It really was an incredible turn out. It was a bit of what I was expecting and a bit different. Alot of the songs I didn't know and the ones I did were played so differently it was hard to keep up. I did have a good time and look forward to going again. I just hope they fix Rt.78 soon cause that road is horrible for bumps!

bj Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @6:56:13 AM

Dee, if you strip your tune versions down to bare bones, you'll be able to keep up easier. You've been playing off sheet music, which makes it hard for you to keep up when things are played in a jam, since the sheet music is so . . . static and often notey. As you get more comfortable and can keep up, you start to add notes back in (and in your own way, rather than the sheet music way.) Remember when I played Old Joe Clark for you at Hellertown that once? That's what I'm talking about.

We were lucky that most of the folks who showed up are very obviously seasoned OT players. Once we start to work into a groove on a tunelist, instead of having to negotiate it, it'll be even more wonderful. We've got another experienced fiddler coming next time who said he can help lead off some tunes. He knows a lot.

robinja Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @7:01:46 AM

Wow! I'm really happy for you! A great bass player AND must be livin' right, sister!

bj Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @7:13:17 AM

Yeah, I'm in hog heaven, for sure. I wanted to meet local OT people, and it looks like this will do it nicely! What was even more wonderful was that some of the folks are VERY local, though some also drove a distance.

FiddleJammer Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @4:01:36 PM

If you build it, they will come.

Well done, BJ!

bj Says:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @4:39:48 PM

Thanks, Terri! They sure did! Hopefully you'll be travelling through on the right Tuesday and can join us sometime!

FiddleJammer Says:
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @7:36:52 PM

As that failed VP candidate would say: "You betchya!".

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