Posted by bj on Monday, September 5, 2011
Just got back late last night from Fiddlin' Bear at Lake Genero up near Hamlin PA.
Despite the recent hurricane and a lot of folks not showing up because of it, the field was fairly full and every place you turned there were tunes, tunes and more tunes, old tunes and new tunes, tunes I've played and remember the names, names I remember and have no clue of the tunes, and tunes that float off my bow that shall remain nameless until somebody identifies them for me. Those are some of my old and new friends.
Then there were the players. Art and Terri were my neighbors again, and Art has added a new twist to his campsite, a Geezerville sign, and he was also sporting his Geezerville Fire Department teeshirt. Tim wandered back to our camp more than once, carrying his magic banjo. I will NEVER forget the ear to ear grin on Tim's face when, after a bunch of moderately paced tunes started by others, I announced it was time, we'd had enough caffeine, and I was going to kick the breakfast jam into high gear. I led a barnburner version of Yellow Rose of Texas that had people scrambling to keep up! But Tim lit up like a flame and his finger just started flying over those banjo strings, and pounding out that pace! Tim and I were beaming like two fools, feet beating the ground in unison, and I swear the smoke was coming off my bow and his fingers! And, after we wrapped it, he said, "That's the ONLY way to play that tune!"
Old festival friends, they're the best!
Then there were the new festival friends! It seemed I couldn't walk more than a couple feet without meeting someone from either Ithaca or Rochester. Some very fine players from up that way, for sure, for sure. And I ended up selling one of my fiddles to a guy from Ithaca who wants me to find him more!
Two out of three nights there were potluck dinners, and we all ate well up there.
I would have stayed through until today, but the rain, which had held off all weekend despite a forecast that called for a strong chance of it every day, finally hit last night just before dinner, with a forecast for solid rain today, and since it's been pouring a good part of the day here today, I think I made the right choice. I spent last evening jamming in one of the cabins after a nice potluck dinner, and then headed home.
I got home to a phone message from one of Arlene's prospective students. He needed a fiddle. So I ended up meeting him this afternoon and selling him the german fiddle I had for sale. I got two fiddles ready to go and got both of them sold. Wow. And ended up giving Lou a quick lesson in the diner parking lot!
Between the fiddle tunes dancing in my head, the peaceful feeling I got from fiddle camp, and the infusion of cash into my bank account, I'm a happy (former) camper!
Monday, September 5, 2011 @4:47:49 PM
Sounds like you had a great time! One thing I've noticed since I started playing is that I've met really nice people in the process.
Monday, September 5, 2011 @4:58:54 PM
Oh yeah. I feel a lot closer to many of my musical friends than to others I've known from work or school, with the exception of Janey, who is both a school friend AND a musical friend!
Ozarkian DL Says:
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 @8:36:44 AM
Sounds like a great R, R, R & R retreat BJ....rest, recreation, relaxation and more importantly rejuvenation.
Had tha same expierence going with big bro. last week to old folks home jam. Just seeing their enjoyment is reward enough.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 @5:21:00 PM
Heigh Ho, Fiddle ei ay!
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @12:04:24 PM
Old Friends, new Friends, just as Exciting in my opinion, Old Friends may have new insights of livings after awhile, so they will become
"Old , New friends "
I have tried to look for fiddles at the auctions, which you may get repaired, no luck so far, less auctions than ever before.
Ive been too busy with composing new songs for song contests in Europe, some new friends showed up at this newfound Path of mine.truly exciting, so I do understand your Joy at the Festivals.
Hey o Ho for your fiddlings, sounds like you surely enjoy yourself.
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