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Heading to the Great Nortwest!

Posted by fiddledan on Saturday, March 22, 2014

So, here's the grid as it stands for our trip north starting next week.

Friday March 28, 2014


An Evening with Dan Levenson – An intimate evening of musical conversation.

Dan’s one-man show with Clawhammer Banjo, Appalachian Fiddle, songs and stories of life and the road. With the banjo and fiddle, stories and songs Dan tells of growing up with the music of the United States.

Read more…

New Traditions Dulcimers
320 W. Miner
Yreka, CA


concert tickets are available either online at

or at the store 320 W. Miner

Saturday March 29, 2014

10 AM - Noon and 2 - 4 PM

Yreka Workshops

10 - Noon Fiddle

2 - 4 Clawhammer Banjo Workshop

New Traditions Dulcimers
Yreka, California

Contact info for workshop is
Phone 530-842-3942 or 530-340-0194 (cell)

Sunday March 30, 2014

3 PM

An Afternoon with Dan Levenson – An intimate aftenoon of musical conversation.

Dan’s one-man show with Clawhammer Banjo, Appalachian Fiddle, songs and stories of life and the road. Read more…

First Presbyterian Church
823 SE Lane Ave.
Roseburg, OR.

INFO: 541-670-9120 (Zephyr Productions)

April 2, 2014

6 pm

Something old, something new…

A Work-cert!

Imagine, if you will, a concert An Evening with Dan Levenson, combined with a workshop. You get a Work-Cert!.

Some thoughts so far are attendees would be mostly pickers and might welcome the chance to pick a tune with me and then folks discuss what they heard and saw.
- Some folks might want to present you with a tune..a give and take time.
- Some time to discuss/demonstrate:
          A. performance presentation
          B. Stage presence
          C. contests
          D. backing up other instruments and singers
          E. Differences in Jam behavior from region to region
          F. Banjo and Fiddle style differences (the “right/wrong”) issues

Since this is being held in a private home, you need to write directly to pre-register for this new event.

Independence, OR
(Just south of Salem, OR)

Email me

Friday April 4

Music starts at 7

An Evening with Dan Levenson – An intimate evening of musical conversation.

Dan’s one-man show with Clawhammer Banjo, Appalachian Fiddle, songs and stories of life and the road...Read more…

Private home in the Tacoma Narrows area

Sorry folks, this one is “invitation only.”

April 5 & 6, 2014


Workshops at Dusty Strings

Saturday, April 5

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Double & Drop Thumb Banjo - Clawhammer

This workshop will strengthen your basic skills and teach you the key to creating the percussive sound of the “Double-thumb and Drop-thumb” techniques. You will learn to double-thumb, drop- thumb, the “Galax Lick” and enhance your ability to play any tune by integrating the rhythm and the melody to get that Southern Appalachian old-time banjo sound!

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Learn a Tune, Build a Tune – Clawhammer Style

The best way to learn tunes in the old-time tradition is by ear. Once you know a tune, the subtle variations that make it interesting - both musically and rhythmically - use techniques like double thumb, drop thumb, the “Galax Lick”, skip strokes, bass and scale runs, chord options, and triplets. In this workshop, we will build a tune starting with the chorded backup, and then add rhythmic and melodic variations that can help you to blend with others or stand out on your own.

Sunday, April 6

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Old Time Fiddle for All - Whether you want to learn the basics or solidify the skills you already have, this workshop will enhance your old-time fiddle playing. Appalachian old-time fiddle is all about the bowing style; bowing lends control to the rhythm while good fingering technique and intonation gives you control of the tune. Learn to get comfortable with your instrument and how to “HEAR” the right notes while working on the rhythmic quality of your bowing. We will cover bowing and fingering basics, as well as the role of “cross tuning” (e.g. AEae; DDad; AEac#).This workshop is designed for all levels of player.

2:45 PM - 4:45 PM - Jam Workshop - Play Nice With Others

In the traditional old-time world, a jam or session is where musicians get together to play music. Whether it’s just a fiddle and a banjo or includes other instruments, the desired sound is as an ensemble – without “breaks” or “solos”, microphones, sound systems, or performance tricks. The goal is to play together and produce a unified sound, no matter what instrument you play.

Dan is an experienced teacher of the Appalachian old-time music style. His influential collections “Old-Time Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo” and “Old-Time Festival Tunes for Fiddle and Mandolin” (Mel Bay publications) have defined much of the jam repertoire over the last 20 years.

Cost is $40 PER workshop.

Dusty String
3406 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle WA 98103

We are still considering a stop in Scotia, CA (south of Eureka) for some sort of show and perhaps some workshops there but at the moment it is not looking like this will happen. Could use another one or two stops along the way to or from Washington and from Scocia to Tucson so if interested in hosting this traveling man and his wife, drop me a note.

We get back to Tucson around April 12ish to pack up the rig to head east on April 22. First stop is a tentative workshop or two in Albuquerque, NM on the 23rd then on to Garden City, KS for a show and fiddle workshops there on the 25th and 26th. A house concert just west of St. Louis in Fenton has been confirmed for the 28th then a big weekend at the first ever 5 String Fest and workshops at the Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy to kick off a BIG loop from there to a home town concert and family visit in Pittsburgh, PA (my oldest grandson turns 8!); north to Rochester, NY for a concert and workshops at Bernunzio's music store and then over to NY City for a concert and workshops there!

We have added a house concert at Harry Bollick and Pat's place in Howewell Junction, NY (south of Pougkeepsie) on the way to NY City but still would like to fill in from NY City (May 16-17) back to our homeplace in Southern Ohio. Think along I-80 or better yet,  through PA say through Harrisburg, SO, if you would like to host an event on route, please drop me a line.

We'll be home most of the summer this year including hosting an old time Clawhammer Banjo and Fiddle weekend July 18-20.

Hope to see you at an event along the road this year. Details as always at

Play Nice,
Dan Clawdan Levenson
originator of Meet the Banjo (tm)
Author - Clawhammer Banjo From Scratch - a Mel Bay Publication

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