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The benefits of a regular jam session

Thursday, June 29, 2017

I have been hosting a weekly oldtime and bluegrass (although we rarely play much bluegrass these days) jam session now for almost two years at a local cafe here in Northern NSW Australia and it has grown into one of my favourite things that I do all week.

Not only has leading a session playing fiddle done loads for my playing and led me to learn heaps more tunes, it has also become a meeting place for local and touring musicians and also introduces lots of newcomers to bluegrass/oldtime/celtic which is essential to fostering a community of traditional music in our area. 

The Cafe management loves it, the punters love it, the musicians love it ,and I love it -its a win, win, win, win situation!


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Playing Since: 2004
Experience Level: Intermediate

Gareth Bjaaland has made 1 recent addition to Fiddle Hangout 

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Occupation: Circus Artist/musician/street performer

Gender: Male
Age: 42

My Instruments:
5 string Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Feet

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Von Trolley Quartet, Bela, Noam Pilkelny,Leon Hunt, Les Paul, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Danny Barnes, Bill Keith, Alison Brown,Davidson Brothers,Bob Wills, Mild Wolf

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Created 12/29/2008
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Updside down banjo playing acrobat, I spend half the year in Austrialia and the other half in Europe, touring with the two projects I'm involved with, THE VON TROLLEY QUARTET (clownesque music comedy)and THE PITTS (knockabout, and adagio acrobatics) I began learning fiddle a few years ago and then gave it up to give more banjo practice time, but now I just can't resist.

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