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Keep on Drinking

David Bromberg has had two music careers – he took a break for something like 22 years. I loved his music back then and since his re-emergence, I’ve been hoping for a chance to see him perform live, because he’s even better today. Here he is with Larry Campbell on mandolin performing Keep on Drinking….

Mr. Bromberg is coming to town October 30 at Hugh’s Room. We’ll be there!

Ottawa Valley Old Time

I have a soft spot for old time music from the Ottawa Valley. Come on in and join me for bit and let’s listen to some fantastic Canadian folk music…

That was Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers. Mr. Beattie’s fiddle player was a fellow named Reg Hill. Here’s his Madawaska River Breakdown…

Let’s hear one more fiddle tune, if you don’t mind….it’s Ward Allen performing Frenchie’s Reel

Finally, here’s Hank LaRiviere – AKA Hank Rivers, performing Maple Sugar Sweetheart. He took the melody from Ward Allen’s Maple Sugar and added lyrics – that mention Allen of course.

Salt Creek

Here’s your Daily Dose of Old Time music. I came across this video surfing around on YouTube tonight. It’s Spencer Branch playing Salt Creek. I love the driving clawhammer on this one.

This group shows that a trio is plenty big enough to put out a lot of sound. It really inspires me to try to put together a little old time outfit sometime down the road. I suppose the first step in that direction is to find a fiddle player. Any fiddle players out there in the Toronto area, looking for a clawhammer player? Meanwhile, I’ve been playing a lot, trying to build some chops and learn a bunch of the old time standards.


Summer Wages

I could listen to David Bromberg singĀ  Summer Wages 100 times in a row and never get bored. Once in a while I like to have a look on the YouTube machine to see if there’s a version I’ve missed.

Let’s not forget it was written by Ian Tyson. Here he is with Sylvia and Emmylou Harris…

I recall being at that show back in the day. It was an “Ian and Sylvia Reunion” show. I think it was filmed at Canada’s Wonderland. The show was set up for TV, complete with big cue cards. I came to know Ian Tyson’s music in the early 80s and not from the Ian and Sylvia days. I finished university back in 83 and I was restless. I had a car that ran pretty well and a little bit of cash (back in those days, getting a university education wasn’t the expensive proposition it is today), and I took off for the west for a few months before facing the prospect of balancing making paintings and making ends meet. Radio stations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and Alberta were playing tunes from an album of cowboy tunes by Ian Tyson called Old Corrals and Sagebrush. I suppose it was his re-emergence into the music scene singing cowboy songs. For me it was just what the doctor ordered and I cranked the volume and listened to cowboy music across the prairies.


Since becoming somewhat obsessed with clawhammer banjo, I’ve been posting mostly what we call “Old Time” music on this blog. Some readers will remember it wasn’t always that way around this joint.

I’d like to feature some Basque music tonight, and in particular music made on the Alboka. It’s a very unique instrument….check it out:

Here’s another Alboka piece, this time with tambourine.

Two-row diatonic button accordion was added to the tradition later on, and I think that instrument and the tambourine became the more dominant instrumentation.