Monthly Archive for October, 2016

Peterborough Jam & Two Nelson Sets

2016-10-03_nelson_smallI’m behind on these postings! So you’re getting three setlists in this one. In Peterborough, before the first Friday contra dance, we had four musicians – concertina, flute/whistle, accordion, harmonica and guitar. In Nelson, on Oct 3 we had nine musicians – four fiddles, flute, cello, concertina, accordion, harmonica and guitar. I think we had the same lineup on Oct 10, plus two more: guitar, banjo and ukulele. The picture here is from Oct 3. And below, we have the tunes!

Peterborough, Oct 1, 2016

The Sailor’s Wife
Reel Saint Antoine
The Banshee
Munster Buttermilk
Rakes of Mallow
Old French
Lanigan’s Ball
Larry O’Gaff
Swallowtail Reel
Connaughtman’s Rambles
Coleraine
Emily’s Waltz
Jimmy Allen
The Frost Is All Over
High Clouds
Crossing to Ireland

Nelson, Oct 3, 2016

Ashokan Farewell
Amelia’s Waltz
Off She Goes
Coelraine
Farewell to Whiskey
Swallowtail Reel
Boda Waltz
Swinging on a Gate
Emily’s Waltz
Shove That Pig’s Foot
The Ash Grove
Connaughtman’s Rambles
L’Oiseau Bleu

Nelson, Oct 10, 2016

Gaspe Reel
Flowers of Edinburgh
Ashokan Farewell
Road to Boston
Mairi’s Wedding
Cock o’the North
Morpeth Rant
Sandy Boys
Coleraine
Emily’s Waltz
Boda Waltz
The Rose by the Door

Milford Farmers Market

2016-10-15_after_farmers_mkt_300-400I played at the Milford Farmers Market today, as a duo with Garrett Cameron on drums and banjo uke. Once again I gave myself the fakeout, and went first to the Town Hall, found it locked, then turned around to go to the market’s outdoor location in the parking lot of a tractor supply store. I did the same thing a couple of months ago, midsummer. I guess it’s only indoors during the “winter market” season, which won’t kick in until November.

At any rate, I now know exactly where the outdoor Milford Farmers Market is, and headed over and set up my gear. For a one-man band, I carry a surprising amount of stuff. Guitar, harmonicas, a small PA, and cables, cables, cables. Garrett, by contrast, rolls in with a snare drum and a wheeled suitcase for all the rest, banjo uke over his shoulder. One trip load-in. Rhythmic strike force.

We played three distinct sets today, from 10am to 1pm. The first long set was drawn from my original songs, stuff from my four CDs. Folk-pop, some rock-ish, some country-ish. Vocal-centric, lyric-centric. The second set was all instrumental English country dance music, played in a stately, spooky, medieval style, followed by contra dance music played in a more lively manner. For our closing set, I returned to original Tad music, plus some low-key covers by Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Bob Dylan.

Breaking down gear was pretty quick, but dividing up the bounty of farmers’ produce took awhile, with coversation distracting us. The market evaporated around us, and we were left with groceries in the middle of the parking lot, vendors asking us if we could move so they could leave. It’s fun playing with Garrett. He can do pretty much anything. I need to book more duo gigs for this lineup!