My new video explores a multi-generational dance tradition in northern Iowa. Fiddler, Beth Hoven Rotto, kept this tradition going long after her mentor, Bill Sherburne, has passed away. Here the dancers talk about the importance of this event to them in their own words.
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
This digital book is the culmination of Clawhammer Mike’s years of research into the schottisches, polkas and waltzes of the Upper Midwest. The Upper Midwest Folk Fiddlers Tunebook includes 137 tunes that were mostly played by Scandinavian immigrants who came to the Upper Midwest. Most of these tunes were passed down generationally over the past 150 years. Along with the digital download of the book that includes standard notations, chords and tabs, you will receive midi-based MP3 files for each tune to facilitate your learning. These tunes are jam-friendly and in standard keys. You’ll be playing these old barn-dance tunes in no time!
Friday, August 21, 2020
Here is an episode of the Upper Midwest Old-Timey Listening Party. I put it on Youtube for those who don't have Facebook.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
- .Wav based midi files to play along with. Up to tempo and slowed down.
- Newspaper clippings, family photos, stories, and linocuts in a 76 page electronic book.