A little lesson in swing. Another session tune on this earlier post.
$15 at the door. Fiddle Club is not just for fiddlers. All players and music lovers are welcome.
I am very excited that our next featured guest at the Chicago Chapter of Fiddle Club of the World is Don Stiernberg, a fabulous jazz mandolinist and all around good guy. Don also plays a mean fiddle, and I expect we will hear both fiddle and mandolin in his mini-concert in the back room of Seman Violins. Chris Walz will provide guitar accompaniment.
In the jam sesseion/workshop to follow, Don will help us through the first steps of swing and improvisation. Start out with this class, Sweet Georgia Brown. Two more standards will be posted later today.
- Paul Tyler, convener
And some more tunes recorded in 1986.
Paddy on the Handcar (Second tune in a medley from the album “Pride of Glencoe”
Lotus Dickey CD Release Celebration
These recordings are from 1986. The quality is not as good as the recordings on the CD. But Lotus was playing a bit stronger at the time. The first two tunes, but not the waltz, can be heard on the CD.
Albert Dougherty D Waltz #2 (guitar; in A dorian, aka 1 sharp)
Paul Tyler -convener
Featuring Dickey’s Disciples
Honoring the memory of Lotus Quentin Dickey (1911-89), Dickey’s Disciples will play tunes from the new CD: Down the Pike and Other Fiddle Tunes from Orange County, Indiana. The four disciples who accompanied Lotus in recording these tunes will be present: Fred Campeau-banjo, Jim Nelson-guitar, Steve Rosen-banjo and Paul Tyler-guitar and mandolin. To make it look even more like a Volo Bogtrotters appearance, Lynn “Chirps” Smith will also join the fun. And after the concert set, we’ll make a circle and everyone can play. Some of Lotus’s favorites will be taught.
Lotus Dickey was incredible man, a brilliant song writer and powerfully good fiddler. I was very privileged to spend a great deal of time with him from 1981, when I booked him for the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in Battle Ground, up until his death in 1989. During that time, we made an concerted effort to identify and document all the tunes he had learned during his boyhood (the 1920s) from the old fiddlers who were his neighbors in Orange County, Indiana. The last time I saw Lotus, was a visit he made to Chicago in April of 1989. We set up an overnight recording session in the concert hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music and recorded about fifteen tunes with accompaniment by Dickey’s Disciples. The next morning, Lotus and I sat in front the microphones in engineer Flawn Williams living room and record another eight or so tunes, mostly waltzes.
Those were magic moments. The public first heard them on a 2-cassette album issued by Marimac Records in 1992. Now thanks to Vigortone Records, these session have been re-mastered and re-issued on CD. The CDs can be purchased at this Fiddle Club of the World meeting.
-Paul Tyler, convener
Fiddle Club of the World tune session
Judy Higgins will be your capable and fearless leader.
From his days with the Laketown Buskers in the ’80s, through his years behind the mic of Radio Gumbo in the ’90s, to his current weekly appearances leading the Bagels and Bluegrass jam at Kaufman’s deli, Stuart Rosenberg has been a fixture on the Chicago folk scene. Stuart’s talents range from blues and swing to bluegrass and Klezmer. You can hear a sample at his MySpace page. Make you sure to work on the two tunes posted below, and come to Fiddle Club next weekend when Stuart will hold forth with great stories and inspired tunes. As always, we’ll form the chairs into a circle and play some tunes together.
Fiselekh Fiselekh, a Klezmer (aka Jewish) dance tune
Golden Slippers Stuart learned this distinctive version of an American standard from working with Gatemouth Brown.
It’s a Nordic palooza of fun tunes. Vidar Skrede, this month’s featured guest at Fiddle Club of the World sent recordings of three tunes that we can play at the session after his concert this Sunday (9/29) at Seman Violins (4447 Oakton in Skokie).
Here they are, straight and simple, with the slow versions offered up by themselves:
Note: click the arrow to play or right-click the blue title to download and save.
I know this one will be great. I met Vidar Skrede during my visit to Helsinki last fall. He’s a powerhouse of a musician from Haugesand, Norway, now living in Finland. His background is the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), but he also has a masters degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He is best known from his work with such bands as the Dynamo Band, Geitungen and The Secret Carpet Club. This summer he has toured the Midwest in The Blue and the Blonde, a duo with Jutta Rahmel (from Kardemimmit, a quartet featured at the Chicago World Music Fest).
Vidar is a master of both the hardingfele and the flatfele. The first is the eight-string hardanger fiddle that features four (sometimes five) sympathetic that run under the fingerboard. The second is the flat or regular fiddle. His mastery extends to the guitar and mandolin.
But let the tunes speak for themselves. (More can be found on Vidar’s MySpace.)
Reinlender (on guitar; see below for a live version in another key)
Here are a couple of tunes from an incredible session at the Musta Kissa (Black Cat) bar in Helsinki last October. The session was organized by accordionist Tejia Niku, who was a Fiddle Club guest in 2010 with the Polka Chicks. Antti Järvelä (Arto’s cousin) was there with a mandolin. (Antti, any time you want to visit Fiddle Club, just let me know.) Gail Tyler played some banjo uke. I was doing my best to keep up on fiddle as Vidar led the way on guitar.
Johan på Loftet aka John in the Hayloft
Reinlender (guitar; in A dorian, aka 1 sharp)
Fiddlers, guitarists, folk music lovers &c. Don’t miss this one.
Paul Tyler -convener
Open jam this Sunday (9/15) at the Leadway Bar & Grill (5233 N. Damen) at 7 (pm).
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- Paul Tyler, convener