Monthly Archive for April, 2014

Community Music Jams

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It’s my first post of 2014! If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to besides teaching music lessons, the image here and the documentary link below should give you some idea.

I dance and play contra dance tunes nearly every Monday in Nelson, New Hampshire with various musicians from our local traditional music scene, including members of the band Trip To Nelson, two of whose members, Matt and Perrin, are pictured above. We were playing “Wizard’s Walk,” which you can hear snippets of in Mary Wesley’s short documentary, “Mondays in Nelson”.

I also get out to the Harlow’s jam in Peterborough, NH many Tuesdays, and to the Brattleboro VT jam at the Stone Church every other Sunday. Oh, and also the jam at Del Rossi’s on Wednesdays in Dublin, NH. And I lead a beginners slow jam for contra dance music at the Peterborough Town House every 1st Saturday at 6:30 before the monthly dance.

In the beginning, I mainly played rhythm guitar, but I’ve gradually been getting tunes up to speed on my harmonica and also on my new baby, a banjo-ukulele tuned up like a mandolin. A banjolele in mando tuning, 5ths, like a fiddle. Works great. Easy on the fingers, plenty loud, light to carry around. I’ll share more info about the banjolele later.

Anyhow, Spring is starting to sprout, snow is finally melting, mud is starting to squish. I have some solo guitar instrumental gigs coming up on the Shows page, and you can always find me at the jams. See you!