Dan Worrall Posted April 5, 2007 Share Posted April 5, 2007 We had an excellent set of workshops, great sessions, and very fine time at the Palestine Old Time Music Festival and (third annual) Concertina Squeeze-in, last weekend in lovely Palestine, a small lumber and railroad town in east Texas. The dogwoods were out. Three nights of American old time music concerts...a very enjoyable hodge podge of acts. Fiddles, banjos, dulcimers, mandolins, autoharps, singers....and concertina. Jody Kruskal astonished the old time music crowd with his playing; in addition to his superb musicianship, I think some of the general crowd were surprised to see anyone play that instrument in so rhythmically appropriate an old time style. We had some really nice workshops with Jody, concentrating on old time American tunes with an emphasis on rhythm and dynamics. He worked us over, but it was lots of fun. Jody is one of a very few who plays anglo in a style that is, on balance, particularly 'American' in phrasing and style, as opposed to Irish or English (though of course he shares the English 'chords left, melody right' way of anglo playing), so it was fitting that he was at this particular venue. The festival is just the right size and nicely laid back; the performers were friendly and approachable, and there were lots of workshops besides concertinas. Again this year, lots of us sat in on the shape note singing workshop and helped raise the rafters. We concertinas together played a nice old time waltz at one of the concerts, with some folks dancing to it. Harold Herrington and his new apprentice Jim Overturf ('chainyanker') both had some exceptionally nice newly built concertinas to show off. Rhomylly went around interviewing folks... I think she is writing a piece on the festival for some folk magazine. Nice jam sessions. The usual mix of BBQ, Mexican food and antacid tablets.... Here is a group photo of most of the concertina folk: Seated or kneeling, L to R: Gary Mayo (in back); Jim Overturf; Rhomylly Forbes; Fritz Lang, Nancy Bessent. Standing L to R: Jim Bayliss; Kurt Braun; Harold Herrington; Mike (?); Jody Kruskal; Dan Worrall; Steve Mills Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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