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The Merry Month of May (and June)

Friday, June 3, 2011

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 (  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


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Occupation: Professional Storyteller

Gender: Male
Age: 78

My Instruments:
Clawhammer Banjo:
New (9/2008) Chuck Lee 11" custom, all walnut with large dogwood star inlaid in peghead. The star is for Texas where I live; the dogwood is for North Carolina
where I grew up.
Just bought a Bob Thornburg fretless gourd banjo. Great thumpy, mellow tone. Great fun to play.
1980 Wildwood Troubador bought used in 1988.

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Favorite entertainer of all time:
Victor Borge

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I am a professional storyteller who uses old time banjo and singalongs in my programs at schools, libraries, civic events, storytelling festivals, music festivals, other festivals, private parties, museums, seniors' groups, Scout groups, barn raisings, mortgage burnings, shivarees, financial bailouts, etc. I live in Dallas,Texas, but make two or more trips a year to Burlington, NC, to visit my dad and often do some storytelling and banjo playing gigs. I heard old time banjo for the first time at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountainview, AR, 1986. Decided I HAD to learn how to do that. Returned to Dallas, bought a Framus at a pawnshop. It just got out of hand from there. Although not a fiddle player, I enjoy good old time fiddling and often learn some banjo tunes by playing along with fiddle MP3s.

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