Monday, April 23, 2018

A New Instrument for Me -- the Uke

The senior center is offering Uke lessons. So with encouragement from my sister-in-law, Nina, I went ahead and picked up a Mitchell MU75-NM Concert Uke from Guitar Center.

2017 in Review

Musically, it was another slow year. When I was home I would get together with Les (cello) and Leanna (violin) once a month.  I did three gigs for St. Patrick’s Day. I usually played second violin at a “free for all” chamber music group that met on Sunday afternoons. My sister-in-law, Nina, belonged to a “Sing” group and I have managed to go twice with her so far.  Nina and I also tried to jam once a week.

Labor day weekend was a trip with friends to West Virginia for folk music and dance camp.

Afterwards, I went to Southern Spain to Granada to go on a hike with the author of a book that my club had reviewed in the spring. The tour was called “Walking over Lemons” with Chris Stewart.  I went on half of the hikes and also had a chance to play on Chris’ very expensive classical guitar. No, I did not get a chance to visit the Alhambra. It was sold out.

Nina joined me for a weekend at “Fiddle Hell” in November. We also had a chance to visit the cousins in Boston. I stayed a few days longer to visit my cellist friend from Cape Cod, Marilyn.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Update

Musically, it was a fairly slow year.  Bought a travel fiddle and was able to sit in a couple of Irish sessions in County Mayo in the spring. Went to SCOR again and met more folks that play in my region. Visited the Maine Fiddle Camp again this year for a week of fiddle and a week of cello. Played a little swedish fiddle at the West Virginia International folkdance camp. For something new I went to Fiddle Hell weekend near Boston for my birthday.

Continued to play chamber music with a couple of new friends I met at SCOR 2015.  We decided to do a concert for an ACLF for the holidays.  Here's an excerpt -- a divertimento by Haydn.  We named our group after it "The Baryton Trio".

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maine Fiddle Camp - Videos

Berentanz / Dancing Bear
Cello Tango

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Balkan Camp + Maine Fiddle Camp

This turned out to be a major camping year.

One week in Balkan Camp followed by a week of the Maine Fiddle Camp.

At the Balkan Camp I took Albanian and Greek fiddle workshops.  Played the cello in the Albanian and Bulgarian ensembles.

I did several hours of cello workshops at the Maine Fiddle Camp but also tried some Irish fiddling and other stuff.

It was nice to remember tunes from thirty years ago.  I could actually play some of them in a group setting!   I definitely want to go back to Maine Fiddle Camp. It was wonderful.

Here are two tunes I learned at camp.

Da Slockit Light - Supposedly the composer was thinking about a fishing village in the Northeast islands that was being abandoned.

Something Albanian.