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.
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.
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.
It was nice to meet you.
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.
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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