Burlington, NC, June 2, 2011 -- It's hard to complain about going to five old-time jams in two states in one month and the Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention the next.
In Dallas, where I live, we now have old time jams on the first and third Sundays of every month 2:00-4:30 p.m. in the print shop at Dallas Heritage Village, a city-owned historical park. (Ya'll come.) That's thanks to Dean Barber (BHO -- FretlessinTexas) who moved to Texas from Alabama, stirred things up and got it organized. It's been a great success. That accounts for two of my May jams.
The North Texas Traditional Dance Society holds two jams most months, now, too. A fast jam for fiddle tunes (1st Sunday, 1-3 p.m.) and a slow jam for Irish tunes (2nd Sunday, 1-3 p.m.). Contact Sheila Bellows for details (firstname.lastname@example.org). I've been to several of the fast jams, but didn't make it in May.
I'm visiting my Dad in Burlington, NC. I've been to three jams with my Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Greensboro/etc. friends (including BHOer oldwoodchuckb) in Durham and Saxapahaw. The Saxapahaw jam was held in the Haw River Ball Room, an old textile dying plant which has been converted into a performance venue/ballroom. We're hoping it will become a regular calendar entry.
But wait, there's more. Coming up is a one-day trip (June 4) to the Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention. (Only one day because of my bad planning.) And, there are tentative plans for another old-timejam at the Haw River Ball Room on June 5. (probably 7 p.m. if it happens).
Ain't music fun?
Dan Gibson, Storyteller/Banjoplayer
Dallas, TX; Burlington, NC
'Gold Rush' 1 hr
'Over the Waterfall' 11 hrs
'Playing by yourself' 1 day