Tunes from Vidar Skrede

Vidar Skrede
Sunday, Sept. 29, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

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

Vidar Skrede
(click for another image)
Vidar Skrede
Vidar Skrede

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.)

Bullaremarschen

Halling frå Lysekil

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

Griffenfeld (perhaps named after Peder Griffenfeld)

Reinlender (guitar; in A dorian, aka 1 sharp)

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

Fiddlers, guitarists, folk music lovers &c. Don’t miss this one.

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

For more great tunes from Vidar, click here!

Filed under: Meeting Schedule,Preview Tunes,Tunes by Paul | September 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

New Season Starts Sunday

Open jam this Sunday (9/15) at the Leadway Bar & Grill (5233 N. Damen) at 7 (pm).
Fiddlers and all players of other instruments are welcome. Bring your current favorite tune.

new season
(click for a printable flyer)

For the most current info and other goodies, check the Fiddle Club of the World facebood page. You do have to be on facebook (You mean you’re not!) and you do have to ask to join. Just ask, we’ll open the door for you. Click here for our facebook page

- Paul Tyler, convener

Filed under: Fiddle Club,Meeting Schedule by Paul | September 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

2nd Annual Battle of the Bands

at the Square Roots Festival
Presented by the Chicago Chapter of the Fiddle Club of the World

Saturday, July 13, 6:30-8pm, Szold Hall
Old Town School of Folk Music East (4545 Lincoln)

Dance and cheer as bands compete to be named Best Fiddle Band in Chicago!
The band that get’s the most dancers on the floor wins the top prize.

Fred Campeau & Money Creek
(click to enlarge)
Money Creek
One of the best old-time square dance bands in the Midwest.
Fruteland Jackson
Chicago bluesman fronts an old-time jook band.
Fruteland Jackson
(click to enlarge)
Mary Allsopp & the Chicago Spelmanslag
(click to enlarge)
Chicago Spelmanslag
Chicagoland’s own Scandinavian musicians club.

Put on your dancing shoes!

Paul Tyler, convener
Fiddle Club of the World

Filed under: Fiddle Club,Meeting Schedule by Paul | July 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

11th Midwest Fiddle Championship

Presented by the Chicago Chapter of
the Fiddle Club of the World

Four (4) events as part of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s
Square Roots Festival.

1. Youth Division First Round
Sunday, July 7, 11am, Szold Hall in Old Town School East (4545 Lincoln)
Youth under 16 compete as teams or solo

2. Open Division First Round & Youth Finals
Thursday, July 11, 6:30pm, Maurer Hall in Old Town School West (4544 Lincoln)
Separate Fiddle Team and Fiddle Solo categories

3. Open Division Finals
Saturday, July 13, 1:45pm, Maurer Hall
Plus winner of the Youth Division

For more information, contest rules and online registration visit . . .
http://www.squareroots.org/fiddle/

4. Battle of the Bands
Saturday, July 13, 6:30-8pm, Szold Hall
featuring

Fred Campeau & Money Creek
(click to enlarge)
Money Creek
One of the best old-time square dance bands in the Midwest.
Fruteland Jackson
Chicago bluesman fronts an old-time jook band.
Fruteland Jackson
(click to enlarge)
Mary Allsopp & the Chicago Spelmanslag
(click to enlarge)
Chicago Spelmanslag
Chicagoland’s own Scandinavian musicians club.

Dance and cheer as bands compete to be named Best Fiddle Band in Chicago!
The band that get’s the most dancers on the floor wins the top prize.

Get your fiddle on! And you’re dancin’ shoes!
Paul Tyler, convener

Filed under: Fiddle Club by Paul | July 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

More tunes from Bjärv

Ain’t the interwebs wonderful. Olof Göthlin of Bjärv sent me some tunes last night for our jam session tomorrow. I can get them posted just in time for some of you to start learning them.

(Click the arrow to listen; right-click the title to download.)

Marsch från Bohuslän by Bjärv

I really enjoy this march. The recording starts with the jaw harp and then nyckleharpa leading the tune in G. After a guitar interlude, the fiddle takes over, but now the tune is in A. So I recorded a slow version in A
Marsch från Bohuslän slow by Paul Tyler

(Notation posted below.)

Polska From Ekshärad

Marsch från Bohuslän
(click to enlarge)

X:1
T:Marsch från Bohuslän
M:C|
L:1/8
K:G
(3DEF | GGB^c d2dB | GBAF D2(3DEF | G2B2 G2B2- | BcAF D2 ::
D2 | EECE D2D2 | {D}EECE {EF}E2D2-| DEFG AB^cd | BGAF G2 :|
z4 D2 |: EECE D2D2 | {D}EECE {EF}E2D2-| DEFG AB^cd | BGAF G2 :|

If you want notation for the key of G, copy the whole Abc block and paste it into the box at this Abc Converter. Chose the Transpose option, down 2 semitones, and click submit.

I’ll try to record a slow version and write out “Polska From Ekshärad” before the day is over.

Paul Tyler, convener

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

Some Tunes from Bjärv

Swedish tunes with Bjärv
Monday, June 24, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

Here are a couple of tunes to give you an idea of the fine music to come on Monday evening.

Olof Göthlin here plays a duet with an unidentified clarinetist. The title translates as ‘Calle’s final composition.’ The Calle in question may be Calle Lindström, an early Swedish comic singer who is perhaps best remembered for his 1908 recording of Chikago. Yes, it is a song about our fair city, and the adventures of Lasse, an immigrant from Ossebo, Sweden. (Calle Lindström, by the way, never set foot in Chicago, or even the USA.)

Calles sista komposition

Olof Göthlin
Olof Göthlin
(click to enlarge)
Calle Lindström
Calle Lindström
(click to learn about Chikago, the song )

And here’s a piece from the band. The song is a fun one taught at the Old Town School by Mary Allsopp a couple of years ago at a World Music Wednesday workshop. Mary is the leader of the Chicago Spelmanslag, a group of Swedish players. Another tune or two are woven into the setting.

Vi Ska Ut Och Ga (Up and Out We Go)

Bjärv will give us a bit of a concert and teach us a tune or two.
$15 donation, payable at the door – goes to the musicians

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Fiddle Club meetings at Seman Violins are BYOB. Munchies will be provided.

Filed under: Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | June 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Special Last Minute Fiddle Club Guests

Bjärv
Monday, June 24, 7pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

Sometimes great musicians wander into Chicago with open dates on their schedule. Fiddle Club of the World loves to take advantage of these situations, especially when the musicians in question are the talented men of this folk trio from Sweden and the US.

Bjarv
(click to enlarge)

Olof Göthlin (fiddle), Ben Teitelbaum (nyckleharpa) & Mikael Grafström (guitar) will be in the acoustically wonderful back room of Seman Violins. (Thanks to Peter Seman and his staff for hosting). They’ll give us a bit of a concert and teach us a tune or two so we can all play together. All we ask is a $15 donation, payable at the door. This is a great chance to hear these fine musicians up close.

Fiddle Club meetings at Seman Violins are BYOB. Munchies will be provided.

If you want more, check out their bios, visit their website,
listen to the them on MySpace or watch them on a recent visit to the US . . .

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

Filed under: Meeting Schedule by Paul | June 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tune Session on Sunday, April 21

6:30 – 8:30 and beyond
Leadway Bar & Grill

(5233 N. Damen – in the back room)

Some of us have been getting together to play tunes on (usually) the third Sunday of the month in our first home, the Leadway. The kitchen is open. There are a good selection of beers on tap. And the sound is good. It’s easy to hear.

We’d love for anybody to come play along with all or some of the tunes — or even just sit and listen. All instruments are welcome. We’ll work on that single jig that Jimmy Keane, Jr. taught us at the January concert, Jack Murray’s jig.

I’ll do a little teaching of some of the tunes shared by other recent guests,
like The Rout, from Kirk Sutphin,

and Barres de la Prison, from David Greely.

Here are the list of tunes we’ve done at the last three jams.
March jam session
(click for full list)

February jam session
(click for full list)

January jam session
(click for full list)

Filed under: Meeting Schedule,Session Tunes,Tunes by Paul | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tunes from Kirk Sutphin

Kirk Sutphin & Bertram Levy
Banjos, Bows and Bellows

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 6:30pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

B.Y.O.B. Snacks will be provided.

Fiddler Kirk Sutphin, from Walkertown, North Carolina, joins with banjoist and concertinist Bertram Levy for a unique presentation of old-time tunes from the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more background, visit this earlier Fiddle Club post, or Bertram Levy’s website.

All fiddlers and friends of fiddlers, including players of other instruments, are welcome. $15 admission. Click here to register.

Kirk and Bertram will present a short concert, followed by a jam session. Here’s some of the tunes we’ll play in the session. (Some teaching may happen.)

The Rout learned from Burt Edwards

Here it is a bit slower.
The Rout learned from Burt Edwards

Jump Jim Crow learned from Alan Jabbour

Here it is a bit slower.
Jump Jim Crow slow

Paddy on the Turnpike learned from a recording of Frank Jenkins

Here it is a bit slower.
Paddy on the Turnpike slower

Paul Tyler, convener

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

Jimmy Keane brings his accordion to Fiddle Club

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 6:30pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton, Skokie)

B.Y.O.B. Snacks will be provided.

All fiddlers and friends of fiddlers, including players of other instruments, are welcome. $15 admission. Click here to register.

Here’s a tune I recorded Jimmy playing on stage at the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering in 1980 when he was a mere lad of 22.
Frieze Britches aka The Friar’s Breeches, aka Cunnla

And a half dozen years later he played with the also youthful and equally accomplished Liz Carroll in a concert for the Adler Cultural Center in Libertyville, Illinois.
unnamed reel-Limerick Lasses

From that same 1986 concert comes this solo performance of two Cuz Teahan tunes: The Road to Glentowne and The School of Glentowne . . .

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Jimmy, of course, has had a long and outstanding career performing and composing wonderful tunes in the Irish tradition. You can find more samples on his own website (click here).

Paul Tyler, convener

Filed under: Meeting Schedule,Preview Tunes,Tunes by Paul | January 21, 2013 | Comments (0)