Fiddler Educator Performer
Dead Sea Squirrels
New Haven, CT Contra Dance 8-11 PM
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2018 is more than half over! I've kept busy with various musical endeavors.
I had a fine time as part of the teaching staff at the Cajun Kid's Camp at the Rhythm and Roots Festival at Ninigret Park in RI on Labor Day weekend. Perfect weather, wonderful staff and students and plenty of time to jam with old friends and new. Not to mention getting to hear some of the finest bands/mjsicians around, Cajun and otherwise, including Taj Mahal, David Greeley's new band - Golden Triangle, Steve Riley, Kevin Wimmer, Preston Frank, Eddie Poulard, Asleep at the Wheel and many more. I haven't been to this festival in years and its great to start to get deeper into Cajun music after a hiatus. There will be more Cajun at this year's Fiddle Hell November1-4, including a concert on Thursday. Check out the website: fiddlehell.org
I was also happy to have participated in the annual Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest the weekend after Labor Day where I had a wonderful time teaching some very enthusiastic players a couple of Cajun tunes and winning second place in Old-Time Fiddle.
The Dead Sea Squirrels continued at a brisk pace with public dances, festivals and private events. We have played locally and on tour, mostly for contra and square dances, including a southern tour in April and our third annual tour with the justly famous singing and calling duo, "Too Hot Mamas" featuring Janine Smith and Susan Taylor, who, in addition to being among the finest of contra dance callers, brought their unique brand of singing squares, featuring gorgeous harmony singing and a diverse and clever repertoire of songs, old and new. With them we again stormed the middle Atlantic dance venues that included 3 new (for us) dances, all of which were wonderful - the West Philly Square dance, pumping with youthful energy, the Silver Spring, MD contra dance, an up and coming new'ish and vibrant dance, and the Annapolis contra dance. We committed to making this a yearly event at various dances in the region. The Too Hot Mamas will be accompanying us for part of our southern tour in March, 2019. Stay tuned for more on that.
The High Strung Strummers continue to develop and refine our voice as we deepen our exploration of the roots and branches of traditional music. Sarah Nelson has nearly completed her upcoming book on the Ozark song collector, Max Hunter. Our duo is incorporating songs and tunes from this area into our concert repertoire, as well as performing tunes and songs from the vast and rich collection of Southern American trad. music. We're excited to be asked back to play at old venues, as well as expanding to include the new, including a coveted appearance at the Folk Song Society in February, 2019 that will feature the music of Max Hunter and the Ozark region.
Fiddle Hell was a grand time and just gets better each year. I was incredibly inspired and awed by the talented staff and level of student excitement and participation. A highlight was the Thursday Cajun Concert with special guest, Cajun fiddler extraordinaire, Mitch Reed.