So it's almost time for the Park slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree! I've been going reqularly now since I arrived in NYC back in 2006. It was then, and is still, one of the high points of American traditional music in NYC. What I love more than anything is picking and listening to the jams that take place all through the day on Saturday. Check out the video below and you'll get the picture. The Jamboree attracts hundreds of musicians and fans of old-time and bluegrass music, and I hope to see some of my picking friends hanging out and sharing some tunes.
The breakdown, for those who have never been is, (according to James Reams' website) "The day’s schedule features a full day of activities with workshops in rhythm guitar, fiddle, songwritingand more, plus all-day jamming, a special kid’s event, and an evening concert featuring many fine performers and special guests."
I'll be offering a workshop during the day (details below) and will be performing during the evening concert cycle, which kicks off at 6pm. I'm on first, so come early!
Hope to see you there for a chat and chune!
The full menu for the workshops is not up yet, but I've been informed that they'll be taking place at two intervals: 12:30 - 1:40 and 1:50 - 3:00.
I'll be taking an early slot (12:30 - 1:40) and offering an introduction to tradiginal folk music through a performance talk format.
TRADIGINAL FOLK MUSIC WORKSHOP
Tradiginal is a term I coined that means songs that are partly traditional and partly original. Poets and songwriters have been altering traditional sources for contemporary audiences for centuries. Among such artists have been Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Expect an introduction to traditional styles of instrumentation on acoustic guitar and banjo, along with contemporary lyrics that attempt a seamless synergy.
**All participant will receive a free copy of Old Songs for Modern Folk, which reached #2 in the Folk DJ album charts in April 2016. Listen to three tracks from the album
Check out some Youtube links below of the acts that are performing.