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Great weekend at the Fiddle Gathering in Indiana

Posted by brya31 on Monday, June 29, 2009

It was a really fun weekend at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, and it didnt rain.  It was hotter than the dickens though.  I finally got to meet some folks from FHO.  I met ajisia and woodwiz and  Tricia(bellawaltz)  from The Prairie Acre and got to say hi to Ann(annillinois).  I bought two prairie acre cd's...yes I love their music!  I also bought the New Mules CD.  Love them too, I was dissapointed that they didnt do the open stage like last year.  I saw Genevieve but didnt want to bother her, her family seemed to be having a good time.  There were super musicians performing,  Darol Anger and Michael Cleveland really wowed me.  They were terrific, but I still have to say I enjoyed listening to the good ole music of Prairie Acre the most.  I did get a chance to hav Michael(woodwiz) look at my Chinese fiddle.  I think he about got sick, LOL   It does sound as bad as my ears told me, but now at least I had a true professional back up what I believed.  He says my German fiddle was a pretty decent fiddle, so I do have hope.  Next year I hope to find away to sneek off to the many jam sessions that were goin on at the grounds.  I seemed to spend the majority of my time watching all the musicians on stage.  It was a great time and I am so glad I got to meet some very kind and talented people.

4 comments on “Great weekend at the Fiddle Gathering in Indiana”

mudbug Says:
Monday, June 29, 2009 @10:34:22 AM

Sounds like you had a great time, and brought back some new music to listen to. Congrats.

Cyndy Says:
Monday, June 29, 2009 @4:09:49 PM

It WAS an amazing weekend and I'm so glad I went. I came home--thanks to the fiddler who took me aside on Friday afternoon and showed me how the shuffle really works--playing better than when I left and I will always be grateful to him for that. I've been going back through all my old tunes, adding some life to them, and what a difference it seems to make.

And then there were those happy hours that I spent over in the field across the way, just sitting on a stump, practicing. I love playing outside anyway and the fact that a couple of trains went by as I was there was, well, it was awesome.

And then I had a chance to jam with some other Chicago people until, well, LATE (for me) on Saturday night, playing old tunes, learning a few new, and it was so much fun.

And then, by chance, I stopped by one of the vendor booths and ended up having my fiddle's sound post moved into the right position and what a huge difference it makes.

So many happy "and thens . . . "

It's too bad we didn't get a chance to sit down and play together. (The beginner jam doesn't count. Noodling along with tunes I'm not familiar with doesn't count as really playing. ) Next year!

It was nice to meet you.


KCFiddles Says:
Monday, June 29, 2009 @6:23:55 PM

I didn't get sick - I'm tougher than I look ;-D. But it was a pretty good example of what not to buy, and why. The German fiddle is fine for your purposes, and should hold you in good stead for quite a while.

Prairie Acre just keeps getting better every time I see them, and you couldn't ask to meet a nicer bunch.

It was great meeting you. Hope to see you next year.

bj Says:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @8:18:04 AM

I thought the POINT was to jam, LOL! Though the little I've heard of Tricia's fiddling, I guess I can understand you hanging tight for Prairie Acre' show.

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