Report on Dan Gellert’s visit to the Fiddle Club

Over 30 fiddlers, pickers and fans showed up at the Leadway Bar & Gallery on North Damon on a Saturday night to hear Dan Gellert. After serenading us with a dozen wonderful old fiddle and banjo tunes, Dan and Debbie led a jam session for the next hour through a number of old chestnuts and few rare treasures.

Genna, Lynn, Miles & Janet

Here’s a few of the tunes Dan played in the Leadway’s back room.

Scott No 2
A tune from Missouri fiddler, Vee Latty.

Lonesome John
On a low-strung, gut-string banjo.

Candy Girl
A classic cross-tune piece in A learned from Uncle Bunt Stephens of Tennessee.

Dan Gellert

The Fiddle Club of the World is not just for fiddlers. Players of all kinds are welcome to participate. And it’s okay to come just to listen.

Deb & Genna

Some Tunes from Dan Gellert

Dan sent us recordings of these tunes played at a moderate tempo. The first two are in the key of C. The third is in Bb. Be brave and give it a try.

Shelvin’ Rock

New Five Cents

Brushy Run

Just added, a D tune, from a 1985 album of Dan’s band, Shoofly.

Sugar Hill

Send a comment and let us know which two of these four tunes you especially want to work through at the Fiddle Club session.

Dan Gellert will be performing at the Fiddle Club of the World’s meeting on Saturday, March 28 at the Leadway Bar & Gallery.

You can register for the Fiddle Club meetings as a workshop. Cost is $20. Call 773.728.6000 or to register on line, go here. Space is limited.

Dan Gellert opens a new Fiddle Club season

It’s a go. Fiddlers of all stripes, banjoists and all old-time music lovers should not miss this opportunity to sit up close to listen to Dan and play a few tunes. Some tunes for the jam session will be posted later this week.

March 28 (Sat) 8:00
Dan Gellert
Old-Time doesn’t get any better than this!
Leadway Bar and Gallery (5233 N. Damen)

Dan Gellert thumb

Sugar in the Gourd

From “Roustabout,” an LP documenting the 1976 Indiana Fiddlers Gathering (aka Battle Ground)

Black-Eyed Susie

From the 2006 Midwest Banjo Camp, with bones by Clif Ervin!

Follow this link to Dan’s website for more audio samples from his incredible new CD, “Waitin’ on the Break of Day.” You can buy it there, too.

To register, go here. Or you can browse through all the workshop listings at