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TOTW February 28, 2020 - Stear's Quadrille

Recent BHO - Fri, 2020-02-28 06:44

Everyone seems to have jig fever right now so I thought I'd share this tune I got a bit ago from the playing of Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers.

They got it from Samuel Bayard's collection "Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife" (It's #528 in that collection). Bayard collected it from Albert Stear of Armstrong County, PA. No source recording, unfortunately, but here's Mark and Richard playing it: appalachianmusic.net/store/ind...ct_id=360

When I heard them play it here in Columbus earlier this winter in a house show/workshop I knew I wanted to figure out a more melodic version of it and I've been working more on my jig and 6/8 playing more recently, so here's what I came up with: youtube.com/watch?v=JhHKvd21kpw.

This is actually the second of two similar quadrilles from Albert Stear that appear in this collection (the other one is #527). I wrote out some tab for both of them so I'm attaching them here in case you're interested!

Happy Friday!

Dave Hamill 1966

Recent BHO - Thu, 2020-02-27 20:15

Looking for Dave Hamill, fastest frailer in folk 1966 Newport folk festival. Anybody know what happened to him?

Acrylic Nail: one man’s experience

Recent BHO - Thu, 2020-02-27 10:07

I’m lucky in that I have thick, tough and fast growing nails. Still, I play so much that my right middle finger nail sometimes becomes worn thin—or even breaks, or splits and must be cut short. Now, I can still play with a nail that is short, but some of the crispness is missing. This happened recently—a few days before I was due to to a children’s concert at an elementary school, so I decided to try an acrylic nail.
I went to one place, and she said $10 (after I was finally able to make her understand I just wanted ONE.) That seemed steep, so I went to another place, and they quoted me $4.00. Plus they could get me right in.
The first thing that surprised me was that the acrylic nail wasn’t glued on over the whole nail, but just the last 16th or so of an inch.
Once that was done, she built it up with quick-drying layers of clear filler of some sort. Then it was filed and sanded and trimmed to the length and shape I wanted. When she was done, I couldn’t even tell the look from my natural nail.
She said as my natural nail grows out, to just keep trimming it, and soon the acrylic nail would be gone entirely.
I don’t anticipate having to do this all of the time, but it’s nice to have a back-up plan in a pinch. The nail plays and looks completely natural, and for $4.00 seems like a good deal.