Friday, August 21, 2020

Upper Midwest Old-Timey Listening Party- Episode 11

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

Upper Midwest Old Time Listening Party

I have been doing a Facebook show lately featuring tunes and interviews about Upper Midwest old-time music.  8 episodes so far.  Click on the link below.

Upper Midwest Old-Timey Listening Party

Friday, May 1, 2020

Finally done with a project three years in the making!!! I attempt to take a good look at the lives and repertoire of one Upper Midwest father and son fiddling story. Hopefully, all kinds of folks in the Upper Midwest and across the country can relearn these old tunes and pass them on. .
You get:
- 60 tune transcriptions with tabs and chords.
- .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.

Purchase here!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hardanger fiddle maker's 1920 Catalogue

I went to the auction house the other night to try to get a 1922 Gunnar Helland hardanger fiddle. My bid was unsuccessful, but I was able to get some great photos of the Helland brothers 1920 catalogue. Gunnar and his brother moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin from Norway in 1901 and are responsible for many quality hardanger and flat fiddles that can still be found around the Upper-Midwest.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Great Video Featuring Iowa Fiddler Beth Rotto

Beth Hoven Rotto is one of my heroes in the Upper-Midwest traditional music scene.  She sat knee to knee with the great Minnesota fiddler, Bill Sherburne, and learned most of his tunes before he passed away.  She continues to dive into the archives of NE Iowa, to preserve the legacy of local fiddlers gone by.  Here is a great video from a guy who is featuring one story from every state and he choose to feature Beth.  It is a wonderful short little tribute!