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Fiddles and Gongs

Posted by bj on Sunday, April 25, 2010

Played almost as much in the last two days as I did in the prior week total!

We gave Art Bryan a great welcome, with a great turnout, also kicking off Don Cooper's coffeehouse grand opening week quite nicely. I think we had around 12 jammers at the height of the jam, along with some spectators who hooted, hollered, clapped, and even kicked their heels up a bit! We played tunes from shortly after 7PM until the wee hours. A fab time for all!

Yesterday Jane, Christian and I played at Shadfest in Lambertville. What a hoot! We played for over 7 hours. Lots of whooping and yelling, impromptu dance steps, and merriment.

Shadfest in Lambertville is like no other on the river. When you have so many artistic types in one town, the fish theme tends to manifest itself in some very wonderfully wacky ways. Like Shad Hats. Lots of really creative and wonderful Shad Hats. And Shad Teeshirts. And Shad Bags. And Shad Shorts. And Shad Shoes. And Shad Jewelry. And Shad Window Dressings in all the merchant windows. That was in addition to the Shad Sandwiches. And yes, there was a Shad Festival Queen too.

Last evening we visited Sojourners and played with the Gongs. Wow. What a heart vibrating tone each has! They're beautiful.

Too bad it got rained out today, or we would have played all day again today. But then again, my bowing arm needed a bit of a rest.

11 comments on “Fiddles and Gongs”

janepaints Says:
Sunday, April 25, 2010 @6:35:25 PM

i slept like a log last night....from 1 am til about 9 am....then was awake until about 1pm, when Icouldn't keep my eyes open...lay down on the bed and was OUT 'til 5:30 pm...
playing SEVEN hours at age 59 takes a toll...remember late last night, my wondering why I felt drunk tho I'd drank nothing? it was EXTREME EXHAUSTION....dang, before the sunday afternoon helpless nap, I was nodding off IN THE SHOWER.
Not that I'm complaining or nothing--there's a LOT worse ways to ruin oneself.

bj Says:
Sunday, April 25, 2010 @7:30:08 PM

I wish I had slept like that! I got woken up at around 3 AM by the sound of water dripping. In my bedroom. UGH! It got fixed around 8am, but it was not fun. I had to get my butt outta bed and cover furniture with plastic and put a bucket under the drip. Then try to get back to sleep with the sound of . . . drip . . . drip . . . drip. And of course when I woke up the cats woke up. They thought it was free-for-all time. And had great fun rattling the plastic. So then it was drip . . . drip . (rattlerattle) .. drip . . . drip . . . drip (rattle) . . .

Which means I'm doing a pretty mean raccoon impersonation today.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, April 25, 2010 @11:15:34 PM

What songs played? "I Shad've Known Better" and "Shad, Rattle, and Roll" and most certainly "Shad-ee Grove" or "Orange Blossom Shad?"

Mandogryl Says:
Monday, April 26, 2010 @3:18:16 AM

That sounds great BJ. Sounds like alot of fun.

bj Says:
Monday, April 26, 2010 @11:10:42 AM

We played Keep My Shad Good 'n Greasy, Yellow Shad of Texas, The Shad's Tail is Bare, Shad in the Sheephide, and Jonah in the ShadStorm. This is an OT string band, Humbled. ;-)

mudbug Says:
Monday, April 26, 2010 @1:46:27 PM

See what you did, Humbled. Now the Shad has hit the fan!

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, April 26, 2010 @1:57:32 PM

Alright alright alright. Now I think I get somepin like "Shadanooga Choo Choo?"

chippyvan Says:
Monday, April 26, 2010 @3:20:45 PM

ohh, this is soo temping, but I will just shad up

Just Shaddle up the Grey and mosey on..

Fiddlin Dixie Says:
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @8:50:52 AM

I hear ya chipp, this post is gettin' a bit "shad-y", I better move on to the next post, too. Oops gotta go, the baby just shad her diaper. Later fellow shad punners.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @3:24:01 PM

Yep, Chip, I almost wishad I hadn't started this punnery, for it's probably made bj think there's something fishy about all our responses.

Ozarkian DL Says:
Monday, May 3, 2010 @5:43:16 AM

Rained out....???.....ya shad'a jus kep on a playin.

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