Next Jam - April 2nd, 2019, 7-9pm.

Dec 31, 2012

New Years Day Jam

Celebrate 2013 with music and friends! We'll be at the Pine Loft from 1 - 5 pm to play some of our favorite tunes and learn some new ones. Join us!

Here's "Breakin' Up Christmas" in three speeds for fiddlers.

"Quince Dillon's High D" fun tune to play on any instrument.

Nov 26, 2012

Cowboy Waltz

I first heard this waltz from Peter at one of our jams and quickly fell in love with it. The Cowboy Waltz, key of D is an old time waltz recorded by Woody Guthrie in the 1940's and the New Lost City Ramblers, during the 60's. Let's make it our slow jam tune for this month. Anyone want to add some chord info?

Oct 30, 2012


For the slow jam, let's play "Sandy" key of D. It's a fun, lively tune complete with words to sing. Easy chords, D, G, A. I'm tempted to make up some words related to the hurricane. 
Listen to "Sandy" (Kenny Hall) 
How many other "Sandy" tunes can you play? 

Don't forget that our monthly jam will be the 2nd Tuesday in November, the 13th. We'll play "Obama's March to the Whitehouse" (fiddles AEAC#), win or lose - it's a great tune.

Here's a clip from our last jam - Possum's Tail is Bare.

Sep 9, 2012

Grey Cat on a Tennessee Farm

Let's give this tune a try for the next slow jam, Tuesday, 9/11/2012.
Grey Cat on a Tennessee Farm is an easy tune to learn in the key of D. Words to sing, too!
Uncle Dave Macon has recorded this as well as The Freight Hoppers, Highwoods String band, The New Lost City Ramblers, Walt Michael & more.
Here's a few video clips I found, there are a lot of them out there.

No . . it may not sound like this when you play it. Start simple! (Jere's fiddle is tuned DDAD)

Jul 27, 2012

Headin' Up Elk Creek

A kickin' tune taught by April Verch at a workshop in Terryville, CT about three years ago. The tune has been running through my head ever since. Key of D, (fiddle - ADAE works great but standard tuning is ok). I haven't run across anyone who plays this tune but I found the following sources:
Old Roads - New Journeys by Wolfe Bros.
Headin' Up Elk Creek by Jerry Correll, an old time fiddler from Elk Creek, VA.

Jun 5, 2012

Here's two fun tunes that I recorded in a workshop by Terri "Fiddle Jammer" at Black Creek Fiddlers Reunion over the Memorial Day weekend.  We'll be sure to play these at the jam, easy chords, too.

Walking That Pretty Girl Home, key of G

Shoot That Turkey Buzzard, key of D from the repertoire of Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, who learned it from his father, a Tennessee fiddler.
There are various verses sung to the tune:
Shoot that turkey buzzard, shoot that turkey buzzard,
Shoot that turkey buzzard, flyin' round the mountain.

Old hen cackle and chickens flew,
Rooster swore that he'd go, too.

Shoot old Davy Dugger, shoot old Davy Dugger,
Shoot old Davy Dugger, catch his wife an' hug 'er. (Rosenbaum/Chancey)

Shoot that turkey buzzard, shoot that turkey buzzard,
Blam!, blam!, caw!, caw! (Kuntz/Any Old Time)

May 12, 2012


Great place to play old time music for the weekend (or just come for the day).

Workshops on Saturday, May 26th
1:00 Slow jam - Terri Lukacko
2:00 Guitar - Paula Bradley
3:00 Banjo - David Gordon
4:00 Fiddle - Pete Sutherland

Potluck Dinner at 6:00pm

Hope to see you there! 

Apr 5, 2012

Some great tunes are showing up at our jam! Keep them coming . . .

Jere & Greg "The Canote Musical Twins" hail from Seattle, WA are worth checking out if you haven't heard them before. Thanks to Guy for leading us!
Sadie at the Back Door - Wonderful tune written by Jere Canote. Key of D
A snippet of an outdoor jam/class with Greg & Jere Canote.

Here's a YouTube clip of Guy playing the tune.

Mar 23, 2012

What fun everyone had at the Sounding Board family dance on Feb. 25th. A big "Thank You" to all the dancers and musicians who participated and our caller, Jim Gregory.

I only took one video clip, posted below with a few clips of a rousing community dance that was held on March 17th in the beautiful, friendly town of Bethlehem, CT and another dance in the great little town of Higganum, CT.

Sounding Board Family Dance                                    Higganum Family Dance

    Bethlehem Dance, March 17th