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Living in Arizona

Posted by Virtual Fiddler on Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I have been out here in Arizona for about 6 months working as a field engineer on the Springerville Power Plant Unit 4 Addition.

I pretty much have to travel 200 miles to encounter any substantial jamming groups. (Roughly 200 miles to Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Phoenix or Tuscon.)

Recently I played with the Albuquerque Megaband and the Santa Fe Megaband. I played at the Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival, at the New Mexico and Arizona State Fiddle Contests, and at Pickin in the Pines in Flagstaff.

Also, back in August, I took a trip back East to go to Clifftop.

As you can see from my homepage, I am only a novice fiddler, so I am not expecting to win first place at a contest. I do like the contests though because they encourage participation. They help motivate people, especially the younger generation, to get involved in playing music.

My true home is back in Dayon Ohio, which I travel to for a weekend about once a month. When I am living there, it is only a 15 mile trip to meet up with my jamming friends, however, on my short trips back home there usually is not enough time to meet up with them.

Uploaded is photo of me, practicing to some tunes I downloaded from one of the many  "Old Time Music" web sites, sitting on the side deck of the bunkhouse where I stay, on a ranch in Arizona.



2 comments on “Living in Arizona”

azfiddle Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @1:53:06 PM

Hi Jim- If you are going to come down to Tucson to warm up this winter, let me know. We have anything goes sessions on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, an Irish session every Sunday and the once a month old time jam (which I haven't been to yet, but a couple folks on fiddle hangout go to). Sharon

Virtual Fiddler Says:
Thursday, November 29, 2007 @1:40:24 PM

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for leaving a comment on the blog I was working on yesterday. You must have left the comment even as I was tweaking the blog.

If I am going to travel as far a Tucson, I would like to go to a festival or some other get together lasting more than an hour or so.

If you notice, I have gone to a number of bluegrass and/or oldtime festivals within roughly a 200 mile radius. The great thing about the festivals is the music being played out in the parking lot or around the campfires.

The musicians are generally very welcoming to others joining in, and since I play strictly by ear, I do the best I can to harmonize.

If you know of any kind of mucical gatherings in the Tucson Area, especially on the weekends when I can get away, I'd like to know about them.



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