Give the Fiddler a Dram


Halliehurst Porch
Originally uploaded by kenf225

I passed the 1,000 mile mark just north of the Maryland-Pennsylvania border this morning, heading north from the Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia, where I’ve spent the last week playing tunes, working a lot on guitar accompaniment, and doing a lot of singing. All in a very beautiful spot with near-perfect weather, complete with a fall nip in the air last night. We sat outside and sang duets and honky tonk tunes, joined an enormous jam on the porch, and then followed the sound of pounding feet to find an impromptu lesson in Irish set-dancing going on.

You can follow more of the story in photos of the week at Augusta as well as an ongoing set of photos taken on the road.

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4 Responses to Give the Fiddler a Dram

  1. penelopexxx says:

    hey there mr steelbrass! 🙂

  2. harrietbrown says:

    I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but in all the photos I’ve seen of you, I’ve never seen you look so relaxed and HAPPY as you do in these. May it always be thus.

  3. harrietbrown says:

    Oh, yeah, I forgot, that photo in the entry gives a good close-up of the bluegrass fiddle bridge, which is lower than a classical violin bridge. So if I were to play bluegrass (which is my boss’s latest obsession – to get me to play bluegrass *shakes head*) I’d have to get another bridge made and LEARN A WHOLE OTHER STYLE OF PLAYING. Yeah, that would be easy, right? I think he should be more concerned about my ability to get out of bed in the morning.

    But hey! You’re having a great time! I loved the shots of the building and the flowering vine. Well, of course, they were all great, especially the people, and the bald guy with the guitar is kinda cute …

    • ken says:

      Bald guy? What bald guy? 🙂

      Bluegrass is a stretch for a lot of classical players, but old-time is a great intermediate step (or a good thing on its own). It’s slower than bluegrass and much less improvisational, although all the bowing and stuff are very different. And it’s fun!

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