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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Tunes played in December, 2015

We had a huge turnout today — I think I counted 17 folks at one point. Thanks to everyone who braved the holiday shopping traffic to come out, and thanks to everyone who was new! I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to welcome you all individually. If you lost a violin practice mute today, drop me a line; I found one as I was closing up. Here’s what we played:

  • Boil the Cabbage Down (A)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Bill Cheatam (A)
  • Cluck Old Hen (A modal)
  • Cold Frosty Morning (A modal)
  • Shady Grove (A modal)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A mix)
  • Sandy Boys (A mix)
  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Petronella (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Needle Case (D)
  • Over the Waterfall (D)
  • Liberty (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)

Reminder: there’s no jam in January, as I’ll be heading to the Bellingham Folk Festival on the weekend of the 23rd and the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering on the weekend of the 16th. Happy holidays, and I hope to see you in the new year!

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Tunes played in November, 2015

There was a great turnout today, possibly related to the drizzly and cold weather, or maybe Northgate is more convenient for people to get to? Maybe we should alternate. I’ll set up a poll or something. In any case, here’s what we played:

  • Turkey in the Straw (G)
  • Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
  • Big Sciota (G)
  • Red Wing (G)
  • Barlow Knife (G)
  • Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
  • Bile Them Cabbage Down (A)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Old Joe Clark (A mix)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A mix)
  • Campbell’s Farewell to Red Gap (A mix)
  • Cluck Old Hen (A dor)
  • Cold Frosty Morning (A dor)
  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Over the Waterfall (D)
  • John Lover’s Gone (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • Needle Case (D)
  • Little Rabbit, Where’s Your Mama (D)

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain!

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2015/11/08

A pretty good turnout this month, including a banjo/harmonica player who was on a road trip scheduled around what jams he could make it to in the area. Fun! Here’s what we played:

  • Boil Them Cabbage Down (A)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Tune of the Month: Elk River Blues (G)
  • Seneca Square Dance (G)
  • Jeff City (G)
  • John Brown’s Dream (A)
  • Buffalo Gals (D)
  • O Come All Ye Faithful (D)
  • Flowers of Edinburg (G)
  • Florida Blues (D)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A mix)
  • Matt’s Polka (Am)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Bonaparte’s Retreat (D)
  • Come Home With the Girls in the Morning (D dor)
  • Twin Sisters (D)
  • Johnny’s Gone to France (Em)
  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Kitchen Girl (A mix/Am)
  • Cherokee Shuffle (A)
  • Arkansas Traveler (D)
  • Blackberry Blossom (G)
  • Midnight on the Water (D)
  • Boy’s Lament For His Dragon (D)
  • Dry and Dusty (D)

 

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Tunes Played in October, 2015

A small turnout this month, but it’s always great to see folks! Here’s what we played in October:

  • Mississippi Sawyer (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • Red-Haired Boy (A mix)
  • Old Joe Clark (A mix)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Sandy Boys (A mix)
  • Sail Away Ladies (Sally Ann?) (A)
  • Flop-Eared Mule (D/A)
  • Needle Case (D)
  • Tennessee Waltz (D)

 

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2015/10/11

I should write up jam notes closer to when they happened, because I’m just getting around to October a month later, and I’ve forgotten the details. I still have the recording, though, so here’s what was played:

  • St. Anne’s Reel (D)
  • Tune of the Month: Harry’s Hambo (a Janta a Ja) (D)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Paddy on the Handcar (A dor)
  • Bye For Now (D)
  • Prettiest Girl in the County (G)
  • Pretty Little Shoes (A mix)
  • Cherokee Shuffle (A)
  • Sleeping Giant Two-Step (D)
  • Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
  • Soldier’s Joy in 3/4 (D)
  • Boffman’s Reel (D)
  • Big Sciota (G)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Storms on the Ocean (D)
  • Cluck Old Hen (A dor)
  • Come Home With the Girls in the Morning (D dor)
  • Balquidder Lasses (D)
  • Shenandoah Falls (A)
  • Cuckoo’s Nest (D)
  • June Apple (A mix)

 

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Tunes Played in September, 2015

It was great to see a bunch of new faces at the jam this month! (And lovely, as always, to see returning folks.) I think this was the first time there’d been a harmonica player at the jam, which was fun. Here’s what we played:

In the key of D:

  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Arkansas Traveller
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Spotted Pony
  • Over the Waterfall
  • St. Anne’s Reel
  • Needle Case
  • Midnight on the Water

In the key of G:

  • Turkey in the Straw
  • Ida Red
  • The Girl I Left Behind Me
  • Little Rabbit, Where’s Your Mama
  • Seamus O’Brien
  • Farewell to Whiskey

Back in D:

  • Liberty
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • Johnny, Don’t Get Drunk

 

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Dusty Strings Jam, 2015/09/13

A larger than normal turnout this month, with a bunch of folks new to the jam! Here’s what we played:

  • Tune of the month: Ten Strike (C)
    Here’s some history for this tune. 
  • Shortnin’ Bread (D)
  • Forked Ear (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Green Willis (aka The Raw Recruit, D)
  • Comer’s March (by Bob McQuillen, A minor)
  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Lost Girl (G)
  • Jim Ketterman’s Tune (Am?)
  • Dancing Bear (by Bob McQuillen, E minor)
  • Haste to the Wedding (A)
  • Keep on the Sunny Side (D)
  • Riding on a Load of Hay (Em)
  • Dry and Dusty (D)
  • Chinky-Pin (D)
  • Jeff City (G)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Sarah Armstrong’s (D)
  • Red Haired Boy (A)
  • Sleeping Giant Two-Step (D)
  • Eighth of January (D)
  • Buffalo Gals (D)
  • Shady Grove (D)
  • Liberty (D)
  • Duck’s Eyeballs (G/Em)

By my count, that’s 8 tunes that hadn’t been played at the jam before. Cool!

 

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