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Fiddle Tunes Dancing in my Head

Posted by bj on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lake Genero was FABULOUS again this year, though a few people were sorely missed. (Art Bryan, David Husic, and Celeste Frey, that would be you!) But I saw many of my old friends, and I made plenty of new friends!

Some of my new friends:

Charles Tesh is the best Guitar Slave a fiddlin' gal could wish for! He drove all the way from Moravian Falls NC for this event, his first time at Lake Genero, and I am truly glad he did. He's a wealth of knowledge, knows all the words to tunes I didn't even know HAD words, and always plays the right chords, even when it was a tune he'd never played before. He's also got the most incredible smile, which is plastered on his face the whole time he's playing. Probably close to half my time at Genero was spent with Charles in the same playing circle as me. I'm so glad he was there. And I hope to get him and Art Bryan together at some point, if they haven't yet crossed paths.

Jerry Dallal is also a wonderful guitarist. Paired with Tim Rowell on clawhammer banjo (who is AWESOME!) the three of us had a great session midafternoon on Friday, my first of the event. That session eventually grew to include Charles and Ty Schulz, and eventually a couple other folks. Jerry recorded himself, Tim and me playing early on, and I was pleased with the outcome. They made me sound great! Jerry, Tim, Charles and I kept meeting up in various circles with other players. I look forward to meeting up with all of them again at various events.

A very nice bunch of folks mostly from Rochester, Steve and Kathy among them, hosted a song circle inside a large octagonal tent on Saturday night. We managed, with body heat and lots of hot air expended singing, to keep reasonably comfortable despite the colder than expected temperature and the dampness off the lake. Lots of new tunes for me came out of that one, and it was a great time for me to hear what can be done with oldtime songs, since I'll be performing a few times over the next couple months and plan on incorporating some of them to ease the monotony of fiddle tunes. I spilled the beans on Charles, and they made him come up with the verses they didn't know! He rose to the occasion admirably, and had us laughing a lot.

My last tune circle of the event was one of the ones that stretched my brain the most, since we were playing A tunes, first all the squirrelly crooked ones in cross-A, then A tunes out of standard tuning, many of which I'd never heard before and some of which were crooked to boot. I felt like the junior high kid let loose at college. I did manage to not make too bad a fool of myself and "got" at least a fair chunk of each tune by the time they signalled the end of the tune. I knew some of the folks in that circle, and others became new friends. Leah makes the best damn banana bread on the planet Earth!

Old friends I saw at LG are too numerous to mention, so please don't be insulted if you're not on the list! But the highlights were high indeed! Terri, aka fiddlejammer, has earned a place in my heart as family, even though we've only physically met 4 times now. My feet were much happier on Saturday night than they might have been, thanks to Terri's socks donation (duh! how could I forget a pair of socks?) Christine and Terri and I playing tunes we don't know will always be one of the high points of Lake Genero. Janet Foster added to my meager C tune repertoire very nicely. Jim Stanko always plays stuff I've never heard before, and I will be adding to the jam tunelist thanks to him as well.

Counting down until next Lake Genero . . .

Oh, and I've got another playing gig. If this keeps up, I'll have a nice side income off my fiddle playing!

3 comments on “Fiddle Tunes Dancing in my Head”

FiddleJammer Says:
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 @8:17:30 AM

And, you're not a Calico virgin any more. :-)

bj Says:
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 @11:45:25 AM

Actually I played in Calico at the LG before this one, but couldn't "get" it. This time I more or less got it.

Cyndy Says:
Thursday, September 9, 2010 @9:09:32 PM

Sounds like fiddle life is good . . . Nice to hear it!

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