Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains
Fiddle Club of the World meeting
(aka concert & jam session) Thursday, June 22 – Admission $20
Atlantic Bar & Grill (5062 Lincoln in Chicago)
Music starts at 7:30. Come for the concert. Stay and play and learn a tune or two. All instruments and all listeners welcome.
Both Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains grew up in fiddling families in the center of the U.S. Tricia is from Lawrence, Kansas. Howard is from East Texas. The merging of the formidable talents on multiple instruments has produced a great musical whole, larger than the mere sum of the parts. Their twin fiddling is a treat not to be missed.
Check out the videos on their website. Scroll down after enjoying the lovely photos and Howard’s artworks.
Steve Gibons – Sunday, March 12, 7:00pm
Violinist Steve Gibons is the leader of the Gypsy Ryhthm Project, a unique mix of Western jazz and the rich sounds of Romany music from Roumania and Bulgaria.
The concert this night will be a solo demonstration. in a intimate, conversational setting, of the Klezmer, Balkan and Romany music on the violin. The workshop that follows will some common style elements and ornamentation in these music styles, such as found in these two tunes:
“This one,” says Steve, “starts with a ‘taqsim’, I will go over the ornaments and special tunings of the scales in the workshop.”
“Here’s a recording that starts with a phrase containing the Klezmer ‘kretch’ or crying sound.”
South Carolina Broadcasters – Friday, January 27, 7:30pm Fiddle Club meets at Seman Violins (4447 W. Oakton, Skokie).
Admission is $20 at the door. Reserve your seat here.
Concert set, followed by a jam/workshop. There will be singing.
Solid and spirited old-time playing and singing from the Carolinas. Here is where bluegrass and old-time are so intertwined that it’s just great music. Andy, Ivy, and David will entertain us, and then lead us through some tunes and songs, such as these . . .
Upcoming Fiddle Club Barn Dance – At The Social
Friday, February 3, 7:30p, Old Town School of Folk Music Blake Miller & Friends – Cajun Dance,
Friday, February 15 – details to be announced Steve Gibons – Romany, Klezmer, & Balkan fiddle
Sunday, March 12, 7:00p, Seman Violins
Brandi Berry – Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
Please note the correct date for the next meeting is Friday, November 18.
(An earlier post had the date as the 19th, which is not a Friday.)
Brandi Berry is a master of both baroque violin and bluegrass fiddle. Her recent musical obsession is with Scottish and English tunes from the 17th and 18th centuries, tunes that have a foot in both baroque and bluegrass music. Here are some examples
Laurel Premo & Anna Gustavsson – Sunday, October 23, 7:30pm Meeting held at Seman Violins (4447 W. Oakton, Skokie).
Admission is $20 at the door or pay in advance here.
All meetings begin with a short concert followed by a jam/workshop.
John Cole, American fiddle tune played by Laurel Premo
Thursday September 15, 7:00pm
Seman Violins (4447 Oakton in Skokie)
A concert, followed by a workshop/jam. Admission is $20.
We welcome back our friends, Sara Pajunen and Tejia Niku, for an evening of enchanting Finnish folk music from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. After their concert set, we will work on playing a few tunes together. Check out the notation link at the bottom of this post.
Fiddle Club of the World welcomes all players, listeners, and lovers of traditional music.
Danish Fiddle Tunes with Lydom, Bugge & Høirup
Thursday, June 16, 7:30pm
Seman Violins (4447 W. Oakton in Skokie)
A concert set, followed by an old-time jam. Admission is $18. Purchase tickets here. Reserve your seat.
Accordionist and harmonica player Sonnich Lydom, fiddle player Kristian Bugge and guitarist and singer Morten Alfred Høirup. This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to metropolitan Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.
Here are some tunes, played slow, followed by the same tunes as heard on their new CD Gagspil, where each is part of a longer set. We’ll work on these at the workshop/jam following their concert on June 16.
Scottish Fiddle Tunes with Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward
Sunday, March 6, 7:30pm
Seman Violins (4447 W. Oakton in Skokie)
A concert set, followed by an old-time jam. Admission is $15.
In 2013 and 2014, Tim Macdonald won the top prize in the Open Division of the Midwest Fiddle Championship at the Old Town School of Folk Music. In 2015, he took the second prize in a hotly-contested duel with Matt Brown. For that contest, he brought along Jeremy Ward as his accompanist on cello, and introduced us all to incredibly new but equally ancient sound.
Here are some tunes, played slow and then at tempo, to help you prepare for the jam following their concert on Sunday, March 6.
There will be more, many more, at the Fiddle Club of the World meeting at Seman Violins in Skokie (4447 Oakton). Admission is $15. Meeting starts at 7:30 with a concert, followed by a jam session/workshop.