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Spring has Sprung!

Posted by fiddledan on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Well, almost, well at least here in Arizona, well almost! Imagine my surprise to drive over to San Diego two weeks in a row in SNOW!!!! Yeah, that's right, snow. Something to be thankful for all those years driving in the stuff, it didn't cause any problems but wow, what a shot to the senses. But, enough of that for now. It is March and time to start thinking about my spring and summer touring schedule which starts pretty soon.

This weekend I'll be heading up to Lake Havasu City to help out the folks at San Diego Old Time Music with their booth there. Yes, bluegrass mostly but Miss Jennifer and I promise to be emisaries of the Old Time Way and are looking forward to seeing some of our friends up there too.

Starting the 16th, I'll be on the road for about a month. First stop - Clawcamp Ozark in Mountain View, Arkansas. This is a wonderful week long opportunity to work with you and your banjos in a relaxed mountain atmosphere where we will have class for a full week! Still a few slots left for that but I have heard it was filling up last I checked.

Off to Kansas after that for a concert and workshops at Woodwiz's (Mike Richwine) new shop with KC Strings in Merriam, KS just outside Kansas City and not too far from where Jim Curley's old place in Shawnee used to be. Should be some old friends there as well.

Next I'll be heading up to the Homestead in Southern Ohio for a few days to pack up the last few remaining things we need to have out here at our new home in Arizona, then on to Pittsburgh, PA for a visit with Mr. Isaiah - my grandson and his family! FUN FUN. Then I turn around to get back here to Arizona in time to unload the moving truck before heading up to Salome, AZ for the Spring Campout. This one is becoming a nice old time gathering out this way. No admission charge, dry camping by donation and I'll have the big tarp for jamming in the sun!

OH, and lest I forget, it is true. We did cancel "Scratchcamp" at the Fur Peace Ranch BUT BUT BUT I have been convinced to hold a less formal Old Time Music camp at the Ohio Homestead the same weekend. I lot lower cost for you but a real weekend in the woods also. Don't worry, the old homestead house still has the plumbing and electric. Plenty of camping space for tents or rvs and just as much work and fun as the past camps have been. Fiddle and Banjo players are all welcome and I'll be teaching both throughout the weekend. Plan on communal meals and jamming at the campfire.

That's probably enough for now. I'll tell you more about the upcoming summer when we get closer. Remember, since I'll be filling orders from the road, it may take a day or two more, but I'll get them out as quickly as possible.

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4 comments on “Spring has Sprung!”

Watergal82 Says:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @5:28:51 PM

When will you be at a the booth at Havasu? I was thinking of going to that festival either Friday or Sunday, and it would be cool to meet other Hangout folk.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @6:11:14 PM

Wow, snow down there!

And here's a question, Dan. Do you get asked to play with BG bands? I'm guessing you do, and I know you could tear it up soloing on your breaks, (and I'd probably heartily enjoy hearing it), yet do you enjoy the BG motif enough? Yes, I know OT has enough in it to challenge one for a few lifetimes; I'm just wondering if you perhaps get bored with having to hold back and play backup for long periods of time. Thanks, Curt

fiddledan Says:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @6:17:34 PM

It's different Curt, but yes, I do. Not often, because I don't find myself with that group often. More often the Bob Wills types but I do that too. Still hate F and Bb though. Ah well, more scales! Old Time is tops for me though.

M-D Says:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @8:42:43 PM

See ya' soon, buddy.

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