Nelson Jam, 9-26-16

high_cloudsMusicians this week included cello, two flutes, accordion, concertina, fiddle, guitar and harmonica. I arrived a little late, so this list is probably 75% of what was played.

Father Kelly’s
Old Grey Cat
L’oiseau Bleu
Morning Star
Ruffled Drawers
Sheebeg & Sheemore
High Clouds
Star of the County Down
Jefferson & Liberty
Amelia
Lanigan’s Ball
Larry O’Gaff
Wind that Shakes the Barley

Looking forward to the jam this Saturday before the Peterborough dance!

Nelson Jam, 9-19-2016

Small turnout this week, possibly related to the dance cancellation last week for the town hall’s election preparation.

Five of us total – concertina, flute, accordion, fiddle, guitar and harmonica.

What was cool was, fewer people meant MORE tune choices per musician, and we ended up playing less familiar tunes, which was an enjoyable challenge. Here’s the list of tunes:

The Peacock’s Feather
The Sailor’s Wife
L’Oiseau Bleu
Lanigan’s Ball
Galopede
High Clouds
Jefferson & Liberty
Saddle the Pony
Round the Horn
Old Grey Cat
Emily’s Waltz
Blackthorn Stick
Corn Rigs

Peterborough Jam, 9-3-2016

Another first Saturday jam in the Peterborough Town House! We started at 6:30 and played until just before the dance at 8:00. Instrumentalists in attendance included concertina, whistle and flute, accordion, guitar and harmonica. The picture with this post is a still from Jenny’s phone video of us, and was taken before our fourth jammer arrived. Here are the tunes:

Far From Home
The Sailor’s Wife
Cliffs of Moher
The Banshee
Galopede
Sacket’s Harbor
Shandon Bells
Wind That Shakes the Barley
La Grondeuse
Sheebeg & Sheemore
Boda Waltz
Kitty McGee
Smash the Windows
Farewell to Whiskey
Quindaro Hornpipe
Pays d’Haut
Bell’s Favorite
Reel de Montreal
Opera Reel
Star of the County Down

Nelson Jam, 8-29-16

2016-08-29_nelson_smallerThis week, we had three fiddles, a cello, an accordion, a concertina, a flute, a bouzouki, two guitars and harmonica.

Here are the songs:

Mairi’s Wedding
Seneca Square Dance
Jefferson & Liberty
Roddy McCorley
Star of Munster
Red Haired Boy
St Anne’s Reel
Gaspe Reel
Star of the County Down
Sheebeg & Sheemore
Boda Waltz

Nelson 8-13-16

2016-07-11_nelson_jam_by_lisaRunning a week late with this post!

Once again, music in the Nelson Town Hall for the Monday Pre-Dance Jam.

Some folks played by ear, others used music on stands.

The books we used were The New England Fiddlers Repertoire, The Portland Collection Vol 1, and The Waltz Book.

Here are the tunes we played:

Kesh Jig
Roddy McCorley
Shove That Pig’s Foot
Coleraine
L’Oiseau Bleu
The Frost Is All Over
Off She Goes
Southwind
Farewell to Whiskey
Muckin’ O Geordie’s Byre
Westphalia
Jefferson & Liberty

Normally, we get more tunes in, but this week there was a delay unlocking the hall so we started a little later than usual, and as always, the dance has to get started at 8pm, so we had to wrap up on time regardless.

Nelson Jam, 8-8-16

2016-08-08_nelson_jam_by_lisa_sievertsAnother Nelson Monday jam! We had three flutes, two fiddles, cello, banjo and ukulele, concertina, accordion, guitar and harmonica.

Most of the tunes we played were from NEFR, Portland, and The Waltz Book, but based on a song request last week, Dan brought some photocopied tunes that weren’t in the books and we played two of them. Thanks, Dan!

This week I brought a tiny device and recorded some rough audio. Had a little trouble with the start / stop record function, so I only ended up capturing one song. Without further ado…

Far From Home:

And here’s the complete tune list:

The Ash Grove
Planxty Fanny Power
L’Oiseau Bleu
Amelia
Far From Home
Farewell to Whiskey
Maison de Glace
Coleman’s March
Road To Boston
Red Haired Boy
Lady of the Lake (D)
Star of the County Down

Thanks to Lisa Sieverts for this week’s photo.

Peterborough Jam 8-6-16

2016-08-06_pboro_jam_EDITFabulous time at the pre-dance jam in Peterborough this past Saturday. Some familiar faces, some new jammers. By the end we had three fiddles, two accordions, flute and whistle, guitar and harmonica. Some of the tunes came from our three books (NEFR, Portland, Waltz Book) and some were from collective memory, picked up by ear to greater or lesson degree by different players. Here are the tunes:

Jamie Allen
Far From Home
O’Donnell Abu
Mid-Winter Waltz
The Butterfly
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Golden Boy
Southwind
Morning Star
Kitty McGee
Boda Waltz
Golden Slippers

Later on, during the break mid-dance, four or five of us set up in the middle of the dance floor and played waltzes for couples who circled around us. Here are the waltzes. I might be forgetting one.

Boda
Southwind
The Ash Grove
Star of the County Down

Nelson Monday Jam 8-1-16

2016-08-01 Nelson PianoAnother Monday, another pre-dance jam! Wish I could get pictures of our jam musicians, but once the jam starts, I feel like we gotta keep moving, to play as much music as possible in the 45-50 minutes we have before the dance.

Had another decent turnout, as best I can remember, writing this a few days later – I think we had cello, two flutes, guest banjo, two fiddles, concertina, piano, guitar and harmonica.

Here are the tunes:

L’Oiseau Bleu
Roddy McCorley
Shove That Pig’s Foot
Mairi’s Wedding
Coleraine
Ashokan Farewell
Red-Haired Boy
Jamie Allen
Moon and Seven Stars
Road to Boston
Boda Waltz

And coming up this Saturday, we’ll have a pre-dance jam at the Peterborough Town House at 6:30pm. Be there!

Nelson Monday Jam 7-25-16

2016-07-11_nelson_town_hallSonglist
Starting at 7pm, we went around the (giant, sprawling) circle, and everybody chose a tune:

Father Kelly’s Reel (Portland)
Old Grey Cat (Portland)
Ashokan Farewell (Waltz Book)
Amelia (Waltz Book)
Coleraine (NEFR)
Jefferson & Liberty (NEFR)
Froggie on the Carport (Portland)
Jamie Allen (NEFR / Portland)
Moon & Seven Stars (Portland)
Connaughtman’s Rambles (NEFR)
Farewell to Whiskey (NEFR)
Pays de Haut (NEFR)

Instruments played: cello, four or five fiddles, three flutes, acoustic guitar, concertina, electric guitar, harmonica.

Books used: New England Fiddlers Repertoire, Portland Collection, The Waltz Book

Later that night, on stage…
And if I remember, the late-night contra dance sets played were:

Kesh Jig / Dan Something (?) in A / Irishman’s Heart
The Banshee / St Anne’s Reel / Flowers of Edinburgh
Waltz: Far Away

For those dances, it was Samuel on accordion, Garrett on banjo ukulele, Max on bass, Gordon on piano, and me on harmonica.

Peterborough First Saturday Jam: Correction
At the end of the early jam, I invited folks to come play at the Peterborough First Saturday Jam on August 6 before the contra dance in the Pboro Town House. I misspoke, thinking the first Saturday of August was THIS weekend, when actually it’s NEXT weekend. Peterborough jam starts at 6:30pm. If you stick around through the first half of the dance, we’ll also play some bonus waltzes during the break – in the middle of the dance floor, with couples waltzing around us.

Nelson Jam – July 18, 2016

IMG_20160718_200220The Monday night jam was once again orchestral! By the end, we had at least three fiddles, two flutes, cello, concertina, accordion, piano, guitar and harmonica.

The tune list tonight was punctuated by challenging new tunes which most of us sight-read, concluding with Mid Winter Waltz, which had a page turn that I missed, starting over from the beginning, puzzled why I was the only one confidently playing the first bars again.

There were calls to try it a second time, but we had to clear out for the dance, so a few of us regrouped behind the hall to give Mid Winter Waltz another run through.

This time, we all got the page turn and heard for the first time the shift from G minor to G major which those in the know had been waiting for. I was not in the know before, but I was now approaching the know. For good measure, we tried a second minor/major waltz outside, Tosavalsen.

Here are some of the tunes from tonight’s pre-dance jam:

L’Oiseau Bleu
Wind That Shakes the Barley
Lady of the Lake (D)
Little Burnt Potato
Mairi’s Wedding
Southwind
Jefferson and Liberty
Rakes of Clonmel
Coleraine
Boda Waltz
Farewell to Whiskey
Mid Winter Waltz (outside)
Tosavalsen (outside)

IMG_20160718_203307Tonight was an Apple Hill night, and the hall was filled with visiting strings students attending the chamber music camp. We had four lines at one point. There were some unintentional shoulder checks. Gotta keep your swing minimalist when the hall’s that full! Usually the hall clears out around 10:00, but a good sized crowd stayed for the last two sets and the waltz. Tonight’s end of the night band was Samuel Foucher on accordion, Garrett Cameron on banjo uke, Jack Perron on fiddle, Gordon Peery on piano, and me on harmonica. Here’s what we played:

Jig Set: Rose in the Heather / Out on the Ocean / Morrison’s

Reel Set: The Banshee / Shenandoah Falls / McLenon’s

Waltz: The Rose By the Door