Tunes played in May – September, 2016

I’ve been bad about posting the list of tunes played at jams for the last few months; sorry about that! Rather than make a new post for each of them, I’m just going to do an omnibus update.

May 2016

May’s jam was held as a short workshop at the Northwest Folklife Festival, all in the key of D:

  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Spotted Pony
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Eighth of January
  • Marching Through Georgia

June 2016

  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Red Haired Boy (A)
  • June Apple (A)
  • Boil ’em Cabbage Down (A)
  • Ashokan Farewell (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • Over The Waterfall (D)
  • Angelina Baker (D)
  • Midnight on the Water (D)
  • Mississippi Sawyer (D)
  • The Boys of Bluehill (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Turkey in the Straw (D)
  • Westphalia Waltz (D)

July 2016

I think it was mostly guitar players and me for a while, so there was more singing this month than usual. I should probably try to have more singable songs in the repertoire, because that’s fun too.

  • Red River Valley (G)
  • Crawdad Song (G)
  • She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain (A)
  • Polly Wolly Doodle (G)
  • Golden Slippers (D)
  • Wildwood Flower (C)
  • Banks of the Ohio (G)
  • Arkansas Traveler (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Just a Closer Walk With Thee  (A)
  • Church in the Wildwood (C)
  • Angelina Baker (D)
  • West Fork Girls (D)
  • Green Willis (D)
  • Ida Red (G)

August 2016

Listening to the recording from this month, I didn’t do a very good job of keeping the pace down. Sorry about that; I’ve been thinking of bringing a metronome to keep myself honest.

  • Barlow Knife (G)
  • Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
  • Ida Red (G)
  • Red Wing (G)
  • Rat’s Gone to Rest (G)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Boil ’em Cabbage Down (A)
  • Boatman (A)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Sandy Boys (A)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Angelina Baker (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)

September 2016

  • Angelina Baker (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Mississippi Sawyer (D)
  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Over the Waterfall (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • Coleman’s March (D)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Cluck Old Hen (A)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Sandy Boys (A)
  • Red Haired Boy (A)
  • The Blackest Crow (A)

Ok, caught up!

 

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2016/05/08

It was Mother’s Day, so turnout was a little light; thanks to Sarah and Sarah’s mom for making the trip into Seattle to host! Here’s what we played:

  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A)
  • Tune of the Month: Goofus
  • Pig Ankle Rag
  • Mole in the Ground
  • Temperance Reel
  • Petronella
  • Sarah Armstrong’s
  • Washington’s March
  • Cherry River Line
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast
  • Little Rabbit, Where’s Your Mama?
  • Bouchard’s Hornpipe
  • Forked Ear
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Rakes of Kildare
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
  • Midnight on the Water

(I’ll come back and add keys tomorrow.)

 

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Folklife Participation

I’ve written a tool to display opportunities for participation at Northwest Folklife — their schedule browser (which provides all the information on my page) isn’t great at grouping things like that together, and I thought it might be nice to have all the workshops, dances, jams, and sing-alongs on the same page.

You can find it at http://slowerthandirt.org/folklife-participation/

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Tunes Played in March, 2016

Huh! Looks like I forgot to write up the March tunes last month. Sorry about that! It was a somewhat abbreviated session, due to another group having the room booked; thanks to all who made it out! Here’s what we played:

Key of A:

  • Boil the Cabbage Down
  • Cripple Creek
  • Oh, Susanna
  • Cluck Old Hen
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Sandy Boys
  • Kitchen Girl
  • Little Liza Jane

Key of D:

  • Eighth of January
  • St. Anne’s Reel
  • Spotted Pony
  • Pig Ankle Rag
  • Soldier’s Joy

 

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Tunes Played in April, 2016

It’s really feeling like Spring all of a sudden. Thanks to everyone who came to the library on a beautiful day! Here’s what we played:

Key of G:

  • Rat’s Gone to Rest
  • Off to California
  • Red Wing
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • The Girl I Left Behind Me
  • Seneca Square Dance

Key of D:

  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Spotted Pony
  • Over the Waterfall
  • Angelina Baker
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast

Back to G for a “Whiskey” theme:

  • Farewell to Whiskey

Reminder: next month’s jam is late in the month, at the Folklife Festival! We’ll be in the Armory Loft workshop space (upstairs from the main Armory stage) from 12pm to 1pm on Sunday, May 29.

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2016/03/13

This jam was officially canceled due to high winds, but I figured the room would be open and there would probably be folks who didn’t see the Facebook post announcing the cancellation, so I headed down. It was interesting to see who showed up when it was people who had heard there was a jam, but who weren’t following Sarah on Facebook or on the email list the note went out to. For a couple folks, it was their first old-time jam! Here’s what we played:

  • Golden Slippers (G)
  • Turkey in the Straw (G)
  • Chicken Reel (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Liberty (D)
  • Banks of the Ohio (A)
  • Faded Love
  • Jambalaya (on the Bayou)
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • Jamaican Farewell
  • Sandy River Belle (G)
  • The Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A)
  • (Ballydesmond Polka) Matt’s Polka
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Pig Ankle Rag
  • Lost Highway (C)

And that’s where my recorder ran out of battery, alas. There were three or four more songs and tunes played, but the only one I remember now is Jeff City/Bill Caton’s.

I’ll come back and fill in the missing key information a bit later, when I’m near an instrument I can check my guesses against.

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Tunes played in February, 2016

We took a month off in January, so happy (belated) new year! Here’s what we played in February:

Key of D:

  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Julianne Johnson
  • Spotted Pony
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Mississippi Sawyer

Key of A:

  • Old Joe Clark
  • Cripple Creek
  • Sandy Boys
  • Red-Haired Boy
  • Campbell’s Farewell to Redgap

Key of G:

  • Rat’s Gone to Rest
  • Turkey in the Straw

Thanks to all who came!

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2016/01/10

I forgot to post the tunes from December 2015 or January 2016 before now. I blame the holidays followed by a month with the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering and the Bellingham Folk Festival in it. Here’s what we played in January:

  • Sarah Armstrong’s (D)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Britches Full of Stitches (A)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Tune of the Month: Perth Waltz (D)
  • Ashokan Farewell (D)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A mix)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Sally Anne (A)
  • Sugar in My Coffee (A)
  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Big Sciota (G)
  • Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (D)
  • Liberty (D)
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
  • Pig Ankle Rag (D)
  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Campbell’s Farewell to Red Gap (A mix)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Needle Case (D)
  • Sandy River Belle (G)
  • The Girl I Left Behind me (G)
  • Flowers of Edinburg (G)
  • Ragtime Annie (D/G)
  • Old Grey Cat (Em)
  • Bonaparte’s Retreat (D)
  • Sally Goodin (A)
  • Dry and Dusty (D)

And now I think I’m caught up, whew!

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2015/12/13

Huh! Looks like I forgot to post the tunes from December 2015 or January 2016 before now. Well, here’s what we played in December:

  • Old Aunt Sally Put a Bug on Me (D/A)
  • Red-Haired Boy (Amix)
  • Tune of the Month: Masters In This Hall (D harmonic minor)
  • Breaking Up Christmas (A)
  • Eva’s Polka (Am)
  • Cherry River Line (A)
  • Sleeping Giant Two-Step (D)
  • Needle Case (D)
  • Pig Ankle Rag (D)
  • Heel Fly (D)
  • Boys, My Money’s All Gone (D)
  • Billy in the Lowground (C)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken (G)
  • Elk River Blues (G)
  • Miss Thompson’s Reel (D)
  • Florida Blues (D)
  • Angeline The Baker (D)
  • Seneca Square Dance (G)
  • Blackberry Blossom (G)
  • Jeff City (G)
  • Diamond Joe (C)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)

 

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2016/02/14

A Valentine’s Day jam at Dusty Strings! At one point I think there were three banjos and one banjitar, probably the most banjos we’ve had at this jam. (Didn’t help much with the frequent key changes, alas.) Here’s what we played:

  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Devil’s Dream (A)
  • Tune of the Month: Irishman’s Heart to the Ladies (A)
  • Dennis Murphy’s Polka (D)
  • Liberty (D)
  • Sally Anne (aka Sail Away Ladies) (A)
  • Road to Lisdoonvarna (Em)
  • Kitchen Girl (Amix/Am)
  • Forked Deer (D)
  • Shove That Pig’s Foot a Little Further in the Fire (G)
  • Western Country (aka Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss, etc) (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Angelina Baker (D)
  • The Lovers’ Waltz (Jay Ungar & Molly Mason) (G)
  • Sandy River Belle (G)
  • Westphalia Waltz (D)
  • Blackberry Blossom (G)
  • Bill Cheatham (A)
  • Red Haired Boy (Amix)
  • Clave guitar jam (Em?)
  • Springfield (Erynn Marshall) (D)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Boolavogue (G)

 

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