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The Next Generation . . .

Posted by bj on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last night at our jam we started off a half hour early with a slow jam, which isn't our usual modus operandi. Why did we do this? Because we had two very special visitors who are students of one of our jammers. Catelyn is 7 and at the beginning of her fiddle journey. Imani is 12 and has been taking lessons for awhile. Neither had ever played a fiddle tune nor heard oldtime played.

Catelyn showed up first and she and I and Scott on dobro played Twinkle Twinkle together. We managed to fit a shuffle or two in there.

Later, when Imani showed up we started work on Angeline the Baker. We got the first phrase of it down pat before our regular jammers started showing up. Our young players stayed for awhile. It was a good thing they did!

Almost all of our fiddlers showed up. I doubt these kids had ever seen or heard so many fiddles in one place before!

There was a lot of energy in the room, and both these kids were gobsmacked by the fiddling. It was great!

I have a feeling we'll see them again.

We also had another huge surprise. Scott Nichols from State College PA, who played with some of us up at Black Creek, drove the three hours to make our jam last night. Wow. I'm glad this was one of the better attended jams, since he made the trip. It was great having him on his banjo uke. He did drag out his fiddle for a few tunes too.

The magic sure happened last night. Nights like that are the reason I started the jam, and keep it running. I'm so glad I did.



5 comments on “The Next Generation . . .”

richdissmore Says:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @4:01:27 PM

hi BJ its good to have young people come to your jam eaven if they didn,t play much they came thats importent hope they come back that will show intrest keep jamen

Cyndy Says:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @6:05:52 PM

Cool. Sometimes there's an open band at the Old Town School in Chicago and when the younger students stop by we'll play a tune or two that they've learned. It's lots of fun to have them sawing away with the rest of us.

I'm all for reaching out to kids with this music. In fact, I was assigned to a DREAM volunteer post at the upcoming Folk and Roots Festival. I get to help man (woman?) the Instrument Petting Zoo. I'm SO psyched!

mudbug Says:
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @1:47:36 PM

Aww. Little kid fiddlers are so cute. Glad you made them welcome.

frogeyes Says:
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @4:07:17 PM

Wow Bj sounds like a magic!! I must say that as someone who came into music as a kid at sessions and recieving so much support from adults when I was young I get a huge Buzz at seeing these kids coming through playing in sessions and performing on stage!! Not mention the fact that they are all really good. Its great to see and be on the other side now!!

Tennessee Tom Says:
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @5:27:55 PM

Great to hear news like this. Glad your jam sessions are so successful.

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