Fiddle Club of the World has moved

Our new home is drdosido.net

All new posts can be found at drdosido.net/fiddleclub. All previous posts can be found there, as well. I’ve done some sprucing up to make sure all the links work and all the recordings play. They do. I’ve redesigned the categories and started to add tags, so it will be easier to find tunes of interest. At some point, this blog will disappear, so change your bookmarks.

Inquiries may be addressed to fiddleclub@drdosido.net.

I heartily appreciate the technical and administrative support that the Old Town School of Folk Music has given to the Fiddle Club of the World over the last six years. Without Libby and Gregg T, I never would have dipped my toes in this pond.

I’d also like to thank Debi, who started out as my fiddle student and became my first web consultant. I dedicate this new adventure to her daughter, Sammi.

Now we’re flying. On our own.

Later,
Paul Tyler – convener
Fiddle Club of the World
(Chicago Chapter)

Filed under: Fiddle Club by Paul | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Last Minute Guest

Folkestra from England
Sunday, April 13, 7 pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

This event is free.

Folkestra is 11 teenage instrumentalists and singers from Sage Gateshead, an Old Town School clone in Northern England. They are doing a week-long residency at the Old Town School of Folk Music, highlighted by a concert and ceilidh/barn dance at Global Dance Party on Friday, April 11. (That event is also free.) Their visit to Fiddle Club gives us a chance to hear more tunes, learn a couple, and play together.

I hope to be able to post some tunes to learn this week. But try out this pair.
New and Old Morpeth Rants by Our Northern Branch

Paul Tyler, convener

Filed under: Meeting Schedule by Paul | April 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Tunes from Don Stiernberg

Don Stiernberg
Sunday, January 26, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

$15 at the door. Fiddle Club is not just for fiddlers. All players and music lovers are welcome.

A little lesson in swing. Another session tune on this earlier post.

Right or Wrong slow

Right or Wrong lesson

Right or Wrong improvised

Sunny Side of the Street slow

Sunny Side of the Street lesson

Sunny Side of the Street improvised

Filed under: Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | January 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

A Night of Swing with Don Stiernberg

Don Stiernberg
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!
Sunday, January 26, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

$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.


Don Stiernberg.

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.

Sweet Georgia Brown slow

Sweet Georgia Brown lesson

Sweet Georgia Brown improvised


Don Stiernberg with Jethro Burns & John Parrish

- Paul Tyler, convener

Filed under: Meeting Schedule,Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

More Tunes from Lotus Dickey

Don’t forget!
Lotus Dickey CD Release Celebration
Sunday, December 1, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

$15 at the door for a concert, followed by a session of tunes


Lotus Dickey jigging, circa 1986

Lotus Dickey at Sugar Hill, circa 1986

Lotus

Complete and corrected notation for all the tunes.
Music notation is here.
ABC notation is here.
(Click your pick.)

And some more tunes recorded in 1986.

Greasy Strings

Paddy on the Handcar (Second tune in a medley from the album “Pride of Glencoe”

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More tunes here.

Filed under: Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | November 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tunes from Lotus Dickey

Lotus Dickey CD Release Celebration
Sunday, December 1, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

$15 at the door for a concert, followed by a session of tunes


Dickey’s Disciples (aka Sugar Hill Serenaders) 1984
in front of Lotus’s cabin on Grease Gravy Hill
(click for full photo)

Dickey’s Disciples 1989
at the Fermilab Barn Dance
(click to enlarge)

Lotus
Here are some tunes recorded in 1989 for the album that has recently been reissued on Vigortone Records. The CD will be on sale at the Fiddle Club of the World meeting (more info here).

Oyster River Hornpipe

Kiss Waltz

Holiness Piece

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.

Porter

Little Bess

Albert Dougherty D Waltz #2 (guitar; in A dorian, aka 1 sharp)

Complete and corrected notation is here.
Complete and corrected ABC notation is here.
(Click your pick.)


Dickey’s Disciples circa 2009 at Breaking Up Thanksgiving
(click to enlarge)

More tunes here.

Paul Tyler -convener
Fiddle Club of the World, Chicago Chapter

Filed under: Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | November 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Lotus Dickey CD release party

Featuring Dickey’s Disciples
Sunday, December 1, 7 pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

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: Down the Pike
(click to enlarge)

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.

Lotus at his cabin on Grease Gravy Road
Lotus Dickey in front of his cabin on Grease Gravy Road near Paoli, Indiana.
(click to enlarge)

-Paul Tyler, convener

Filed under: Meeting Schedule by Paul | November 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Jam Session coming up

Fiddle Club of the World tune session
at the Leadway Bar & Grill (5233 N. Damen)
Sunday, November 17 at 7pm

Judy Higgins will be your capable and fearless leader.

Here are the tunes we’ve been playing over the last year.
Session Lists 2013
(click for session tune lists)

Filed under: Fiddle Club by Paul | November 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tunes from Stuart Rosenberg

Stuart Rosenberg
Sunday, Oct. 13, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

$15 at the door for a concert, followed by a session of tunes

Stuart Rosenberg
(click to enlarge)

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.

Filed under: Meeting Schedule,Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | October 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

More Tunes from Vidar Skrede

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:

Eg e liten eg

Eg e liten eg slow

Kari Trestakk (fiddle version of Reinlender-see previous post)

Kari Trestakk slow

Vals

Vals slow

Note: click the arrow to play or right-click the blue title to download and save.

For the first batch of tunes from Vidar, click here!

Music notation for most of the tunes is here.
ABC notation is here.
(Click your pick.)

Filed under: Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | September 23, 2013 | Comments (0)