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My first solo pro gig on fiddle was today . . .

Posted by bj on Saturday, September 18, 2010

It went well. The festival was held at the Hartzell Strassburg Homestead in Hilltown Township, just south of Sellersville, the third annual for this festival. Turnout was nice, the weather could not have been better, and it was a sweet small festival, with lots of great crafters making their stuff right on the grounds. There was a gal doing PA Deutsche Redware pottery with the incised designs, a blacksmith with a small forge and anvil, a gal spinning and weaving wool, another gal caning and rushing chair seats, a leathersmith, some print makers book sellers and antique dealers, and LOTS of great baked goods.

Since it seemed to be a good thing to do, I moved around a bit. First in the backyard under a huge spreading norway maple, then up on the side porch amongst the pumpkins and mums, later out back nearer the barn, then out behind the summer kitchen. The music was well received, interesting questions were asked, and some young folks let me know they were in music programs at school and learning violin.

This was, because it was a festival, a lot like busking. People moved about, didn't stay to listen for more than a tune or two. And since the site wasn't all that big, only a couple acres, most could hear me while wandering the grounds. Some dropped a buck or two in the case, but the take wasn't as good as busking, so I was glad for my pay. A few people did take cards, so it's possible I may get another playing job out of today.

I felt good about how it went, a nice relaxed atmosphere and nice folks. And now I'm ready for the two day event at Morlatton Village in Douglassville PA next weekend!

18 comments on “My first solo pro gig on fiddle was today . . .”

eerohero Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @3:08:16 PM

Hey, a great happening. You`re making a lot of new discoveries all the time, that keeps you inspired, so which tunes or songs did you play ?

bj Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @3:25:22 PM

It was a three hour event, and I played around 45 minutes out of each hour. Do you really want me to list them all??? LOL!

Some of the highlights--

In D, Possum's Tail is Bare, Maggots in the Sheephide, Susannah Gal, Lowery's Quadrille, Sweet Bundy, Petronella, Yellow Rose of Texas, Shootin' Creek, Sugar Hill, Coleman's March, One Morning in May, etc.

In G, Golden Slippers, Redwing, Bullfrog on a Puncheon Floor, Barlow Knife, Dolf Skinner's Tune, Puncheon Floor, Down the River, Girl I Left Behind Me, Eadle Alley, Shove that Pig's Foot, etc.

In A, Cluck Ol' Hen, Ducks on the Pond, Melvin's Cold Frosty Morning, Oldtime Fire on the Mountain, Little Liza Jane, Old Yeller Dog Come Trottin' Through the Meeting House, Sourwood Mountain, Paddy on the Pike, etc.

LisaLou Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @3:35:34 PM

I'm glad you felt good about your playing. I'm sure many enjoyed listening to you too!

Mandogryl Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @4:28:30 PM

That sounds like alot of fun, BJ. Congratulations on that.

harwilli55 Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @5:55:12 PM

Gosh bj, sounds like a lot of sure have some great tunes to draw on.....glad it went well.

OTJunky Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @6:55:58 PM

Congrats - on your way to becoming a fiddling "legend" in the region I gues.

Be sure to read the fine print in those record company contracts.. :-)


Djzuks Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @9:59:47 PM

i am happy 4 u. this is jst the begining of the good times to com as a fiddler

eerohero Says:
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @10:55:30 PM

So many tunes you have in your repertoire,wow !
This is truly inspiring for the most of Us fiddlers/Musicians
thanxs for sharing it.

bj Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @1:55:39 AM

Yeah, I'm sure the record companies will be beating down my door . . . hah!

kyluckyman Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @4:46:47 PM

Good for you! BTW, I enjoy your posts. You write well/

bj Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @4:53:22 PM

Thanks, Robert, Daniel and Eero!

robinja Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @6:34:15 PM

Congrats! Sounds like a very appropriate venue for a fiddler!

bj Says:
Monday, September 20, 2010 @4:21:24 AM

Yes, Judy, the homestead is beautiful. Unfortunately the farmland has gone to (well fenced off) condos, but the two farmhouses themselves and the couple acre homesite are lovely. They're raising funds for restoration of the roof and the lath and plaster walls. Other than the addition of electrical service, the main house has been pretty much untouched, luckily. Wonderful old milk painted random width floors, chair rails throughout the downstairs, just lovely! I will most likely be playing there again.

mudbug Says:
Monday, September 20, 2010 @2:50:00 PM

Hey, BJ! Congrats! Is this the one where you were going to dress up in period costume?

bj Says:
Monday, September 20, 2010 @2:56:55 PM

I came up with colonial flavor, but not quite authentic. I'll be garbing up again this weekend for the Morlatton Village event on Saturday and Sunday.

tsaimichael Says:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @8:23:39 AM

Great story bj! Wish I could have been there at the festival to see and hear you play. What a colorful set of tunes.

nancymae Says:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @9:04:05 AM

CONGRATS BJ!!!!! I think you can change your playing status out of "novice"!!!! What an awesome story!!!

eerohero Says:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @11:35:11 AM

Yes, I do agree with nancymae, do yourself a Big Favor, lift up your selfconfidence with jumping out of novice status at FHO, you`re worth it !

This is kind of "do it yourself psychology", which works 100 %

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