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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

May 7th - Tyler, MN Jam

We have an invitation from Andrew Renneker to Jam in Tyler, MN on Saturday May 7th.  
Here is what he has  to say:

I'll be a panel member for SMAHC (SW Minn Arts and Humanities Council) at their Artist Retreat in Tyler, MN on May 6th (Friday and Saturday). I'll be there all day on Saturday with my family. So, let's plan for Saturday! I have a panel to attend at about 2. But, am free before and after!  I, and several other musicians from SW Minn will be happy to have an impromptu jam if anybody is interested! PM me if you want to join the retreat, or even play some music with me and others!
Let's think about arriving in Tyler between noon and 1:00 pm and see what happens.  Andrew is checking to see if there is a place we can play in case the weather is not conducive to outdoor jamming.
If you want to contact him click here

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yankton Fiddle Festival update

44th Annual
South Dakota Fiddle Contest
South Dakota Fiddle Festival
Sept. 9 - 11, 2016
Yankton 4-H Grounds
2016 Festival Schedule

   7:00 - 10:00 pm  Jamboreeeee
 10:00 pm to late   Free Range Jamming  (many gather at the Frying Pan)

SATURDAY   MORNING Workshops with The Winfield Grovers and others
   8:00  -   9:00 am    Workshop
   9:00  - 10:00 am    Workshop 
 10:00  - 11:00 am    Workshop
 11:00 - 12:00 am+  Announced Slow Jam(s) & Announced Fast Jam(s)

  1:00 - 6:00 pm Contest(s) - Rolling schedule

  7:00 - 8:00 pm Concert with The Winfield Grovers
  (Tom Schaefer (fiddle);  Ross Vaughn (mandolin);  John Soderburg (guitar);  Pete Mathison (bass)
  8:00 -   8:15 pm  Introductory Dance Instruction
  8:15 - 10:30 pm Barn Dance   
    Music by Fiddlers of South Dakota and Friends
 10:30 - late  Semi-organized Slow and/or Fast Jams at will
 10:00 - 11:30am Gospel Sing 

For more information click here

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dell Rapids Irish Workshop

What a great time at the Dell Rapids Museum on Saturday morning April 9th. 
Heather Bixler taught an Irish music workshop that was very good.  Now if all of us who attended can remember half of what Heather told us, life will be good. Just a small foray into the world of playing Irish tunes like they should be played.  WHAT FUN.  Thankfully we had our digital recorders along and can go back and review/relearn.  Well, it is off to the woodshed to learn The Rose in the Heather.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Heartland House Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who came and played for the Heartland House benefit in Sioux Falls on Thursday April 7th. A great time was had by all playing for a great cause. Joel, thanks for providing sound.

The jam afterwards lasted until almost 11:30 that night.   Thanks Ken, Ron, Hartley and Kathryn for some great music after the event. Thanks to the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn for letting us play after the event was over.

We have to do this more often, If only the drive home was not almost 2 hours it would make it easier.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

April Scandinavian / Celtic Jams in Dell Rapids

Hi all,

It's official... we will continue the Dell Rapids jam sessions into April. 

Sunday afternoons, but switching to 2nd and 4th Sundays 

Time and location will be the same:   1-4 pm, Dell Rapids Historical Museum
Hope you can make it!

PS - below is the tune list for last weekend's session.   Not so much Scandinavian on this lineup, we'll have to make up for that next time.  But a great afternoon of music...  as always!!  Thanks to those who could attend - it was such a fun time :)


Flowers of Edinburgh
Black Velvet Waltz
The Fermoy Lasses
Soldier's Joy
Walking Uptown
Home with the Girls in the Morning
Shady Grove
King of the Fairies
Little Maggie
Billy in the Lowground
Whiskey before Breakfast
Kryp-Jons Vals
St Anne's Reel
I Saw the Light
Maple Sugar
Hartley's Jam-busting Schottische
Emma's Vals
Arkansas Traveler
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Swallowtail Jig
Kid on the Mountain (slip jig)
Flowers of Edinburgh (again... :)
Cabri Waltz
Mouth of the Tobique
Cherokee Shuffle
Greek Medley
Martha's Waltz
Midnight on the Water
Man of the House
Scots Lament for the Death of Archibald (Beaton?)
Yvette Carriere Waltz
Daria's Waltz
Tam Lin Reel (Glasgow Reel)
Nail that Catfish

Mentions, for next time...
East Tennessee Blues(?)
Mexican Waltz
Benny and Bea's Waltz
Yellow Rose Waltz
Booth Shot Lincoln
Cold Frosty Morning

St Patrick's Day at Mochavino in Madison, SD

Good time playing Music in Madison SD

Thanks to Mochavino for hosting a great evening.

Our Hosts
The Early Shift

The entire Crew
Playing the bells on the door