As of Dec. 7, a traditional square dance series with live music started up in the Armory in downtown Durham, NC. It takes place on alternate Thurs. and runs from 7:30-11:30.
MooseJaw 2001, an old-time music and dance weekend hosted by the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, is scheduled March 9-11 at Maplelag cross-country ski resort in northwestern Minnesota. Info: Dan, 651-698-7766; www.wildgoosechasecloggers.org.
The Old Farmer's Ball takes place on Thursdays at the Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC. 828-253-3994.
Blue Ridge Jamboree takes place at the Andy Griffith Playhouse every 3rd Sat. in Mt. Airy, NC. 336-786-7998.
There is a shape note sing every 2nd Sun. in Winston-Salem, NC. 919-760-2822.
ContraOmaha (Omaha, NE) holds dances on the third Saturday of the month at First Central Congregational Church, 36th & Harney from 7:30-10:30 PM. Info: Jenni Wallace-Grate 402-493-4304.
In Lincoln, NE there are dances in the first Saturday of each month at the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park starting at 7:30 PM. Both have live music. Info: 402-435-4571.
The Folkways Center of the Georgia Mountains launched 'The Dahlonega Mountain Medicine Show,' a series of live performances and radio broadcasts to be held on the first Sat. night of each month. the performances aim to preserve and promote the traditional mountain culture with pride, dignity, and quality & with wit, wisdom, and fun of a bygone medicine show thrown in for good measure. Info: www.folkwayscenter.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; 706-864-3711.
'Strummin' on the Banjo in Nineteenth-Century America,' an exhibition featuring 35 banjos as well as broadsides, photographs, toys, and advertisements is taking place at Lebanon Valley Colleges Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery in Annville, PA through Feb. 18. The opening reception featured a talk by James F. Bollman and music by banjoist Nev Jackson. Info: 717-867-6397.
The Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor in Canoga Park, CA is hosting a Winter Concert Series. Info: 818-700-8288; www.pickinparlor.com.
Traditional Stage artists at this years Merlefest (Apr. 27-29) will include Joe Thompson, Etta Baker, the Branchettes, Ida Red, Red Mountain White Trash, New Billiken String Band, Jones & leva, the Stripling Brothers with W.B. Reid, Clint & Clarence Howard with Doc Watson and Brad Leftwich, Dot Kent, Phil Jamison, and Rafe Stefanini, among others.
Artists & Agents
Bob Bovee, Gail Heil, and Pop Wagner will be performing together at the Gingko Coffeehouse in St. Paul, MN on Feb.1; Delta Folk in Escanaba, MI on Feb.2; White Pine Jamboree Square Dance in Rheinlander, WI on Feb.3; Monday Night Square Dance in St. Paul, MN on Feb.5. Bovee and Heil will also be appearing at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Winter Weekend in the Twin Cities on March 3; Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria, IL on March 10; White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, WI on March 21; Peru, IL Public Library on March 29.
Paul & Win Grace will be performing at the following venues: March 20-23, Columbia, MO, info: 573-449-4536, http://email@example.com; March 31, Topeka, KS, info: 785-231-1010, ext. 1399, Stephanie Mickelson
Performing dates for Brad Leftwich include String Thaw Mar. 16-18 at Penland School, Spruce Pine, NC, and Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC Apr. 28-30.
Leela and Ellie Grace will be performing on July 14-20 near Capon Bridge, WV. Info: Country Dance & Song Society, 413-584-9913.
Alan Jabbour will be coming to New England on Apr. 28 for a fiddle workshop on the fiddle styles of Henry Reed and Burl and Edden Hammons at the Amherst, MA studio of Donna Hebert. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man Alive is a new band featuring Joe Thrift on fiddle and vocals, Nancy Sluys on banjo and vocals, David Long on guitar and vocals, and Bill Sluys on bass. They blend old-time music, early bluegrass, and country blues into an irresistible groove.
Rayna Gellert and David Holt toured Chile in Nov. under the auspices of the State Dept.
Guitarist Ben Manning has just joined Dick Kimmel & Co.
Tom, Brad & Alice will be touring in Apr. Some of their dates include Lawrence, KS, Apr. 4, info: email@example.com; the Focal Point in St Louis, MO, Apr. 7, info: firstname.lastname@example.org; Big Muddy Festival in Boonville, MO, Apr. 6-7 info: email@example.com; Juneau (AK) Folk Festival, Apr. 20-22 info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dick Kimmel's performing schedule includes dates in New Ulm, MN, Feb. 24; Minneapolis, Feb. 28; and Plymouth, MN, Mar. 3. Info: email@example.com; www.dickkimmel.com.
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxers last family release, the lullaby recording, A Blanket Full of Dreams, was nominated for a Grammy, The 43rd awards show will take place on February 21.
In Print, In School & On the Net
FolkLib Index, a library of folk music links has a new web address: www.folklib.net/.
A site that might be of interest has vintage pictures of instruments and musicians: www.locksley.com/pics/banjpic1.htm.
Fiddler Matt Brown has updated his web site. Check it out at www.fiddler1.com.
If you are interested in swing music & cowboy poetry, check out www.cowboyjoesradioranch.com.
There is a new old-time music web site at http://1001tunes.webhost.fm/ with photos, bios, discographies, tunes, and more.
Jerry Dallal has compiled an index to the songs on the Bear Family Original Carter Family boxed set as well as song lyrics. http://world.std.com/~gdallal/ocf_bear_family_index.htm.
Bones players or those with an interest can access information on the Bones Festival through their web site at www.rhythmbones.com/.
Pat Conte has redone his web site Secret Museum of the Air. You can access it at www.megasaver.com/sma/main.html.
A web site with information about roots music along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Washington state is at www.teleport.com/~martini/roots/index.html.
Some web sites for fiddle events in Canada include:
www.fiddle.on.ca/fiddle/maryhill.htm and www.fiddle.on.ca/contestdates.htm; a new page of fiddle and step dance teachers in Ontario, Canada can be found at www.fiddle.on.ca/fiddle/teacher.htm.
Roots and Rhythm, a CD outlet in El Cerrito, CA has a new web site: www.rootsandrhythm.com.
Frank Lee and Rayna Gellert (formerly of the Freight Hoppers string band) are now working as a duo. Their web page address is www.oldtimeduo.com.
Robin and Linda Williams' web site is www.robinandlinda.com.
Drew Beisswenger recently completed a web site on jam sessions in Southwest Missouri. It features descriptions and photographs of fifteen jam sessions held this summer and fall in communities surrounding Springfield, Missouri. It also includes descriptions of several related events. http://library.smsu.edu/projects/jamsessions/index.htm.
There is a newsletter published by the Nashville (TN) Old-Time String Band Assoc. that has news about old-time music events around the Nashville area. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; 615-262-6732.
The Folk Project is a newsletter covering music events in the NJ/NY area. Info: 908-771-0187; email@example.com; www.folkproject.org.
Disc Collector is a long-time bi-monthly publication out of Cheswold, DE. It includes short reviews by its editor of bluegrass and old-time recordings, and addresses of related publications, and more. Info: Disc Collector Pub., PO Box 315, Cheswold DE 19936.
Cary Fridley has updated her web site: www.caryfridley.com.
Recordings, Instruments & Labels
The NC based Hushpuppies (Jon Newlin, Amy Davis, Molly Stouten and Steve Terrill) along with their producer, Bob Carlin, recorded a CD at Overdub Lane in Durham in Oct. The recording is scheduled to come out this summer.
Copper Creek Records has just issued Say Old Man, Can You Play the Banjo by legendary banjoist Hugh Carroll Best, Jr.
The Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-time Music Assn. meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 PM at VFW Post 3421, 9318 N 34th St., Omaha, NE. (The VFW sits on a hill just south of I-680 and just north of and just north of McKinley St.) Info: Jenni Wallace-Grate 402-493-4304.
The Henry Reed Fund was established in 1999 by Alan Jabbour to help support programs and activities directly involving and benefiting folk artistssupport for concerts and workshops, compensation for publications from the Centers collections, support for folk artists to research and document their traditions, support for apprentices, or any other program undertaken by the Center, so long as there is a direct benefit for folk artists. They are asking for help in raising funds. Donations may be sent to Alan at 3107 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008-3420, or to Dr. Peggy Bulger, Director of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540-4610. Annotate your check Henry Reed Fund. If you have questions about the Fund, feel free to contact Alan at 202-333-1089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Super-Sensitive Musical String Co. of Sarasota, FL has donated over $150,000 worth of bowed instrument strings to various local and national youth orchestras during the past year.
The Fiddle & Bow, a Winston-Salem (NC) music organization, sponsors a contra dance on Tuesdays in Winston-Salem. Info: 336-723-8360.
On the Air
On Oct. 15, the CBS network show Sunday Morning did a feature on the history of the Grand Ole Opry that included an interview with Charles Wolfe and historic photos from his book A Good Natured Riot.
KDHX 88.1 St Louis MO, community radio that plays a lot of bluegrass and old-time music. Check out their web site at www.KDHX.org.
Every other Sun. from 5-7 PM Ellie & Leela Grace host a radio show, World Woman on KOPN FM 89.5 in Columbia, MO.
Peter LaVelle has a radio show, The Back Porch, Sat. nights at 9 PM on radio KLCC-FM 89.7 in Eugene, OR. He plays a lot of old-time music.
Sessions & Jams
There is an old-time music jam at the Grey Eagle Music Tavern in Asheville NC on 2nd Sundays. 828-232-5800.
There is an old-time jam session at O'Hooleys Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH on Tues. nights around 10 PM hosted by Mountain Top Removal. Info: Matthew McElroy email@example.com.
An old-time jam takes place each Wed. night at the Florida Living Center in Altamonte Springs. Info: members.tripod.com/beach_music/Tunes/tunes.htm or ZaBeans@aol.com.
Charles Wolfe's A Good-Natured Riot won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award for the years best book on music. This is the second major award the book has wonearlier it won the Ralph Gleason-Rolling Stone award.
In Oct. the American Folklore Society awarded Bobby Fulcher the Benjamain A. Botkin prize for outstanding work in public sector folklore.
Welcome Jasper Jarrell Bass into the world. His proud parents are David (formerly of the Freight Hoppers) and Becca Bass.
Hazel Dickens made the Country Music magazine's Critics Poll for her Rounder reissue of It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song.
A big old-time welcome to Iris June born Dec. 19 to Amy Davis and Jon Newlin of the Hush Puppies and Maudlin Bros.
Ivery Jane Kimble (Nov. 1919 - Oct. 27 2000)
In the early 1970s, Dave Spilkia and I began regular visits to Taylor and Stella Kimble in Laurel Fork, VA. Alan Jabbour had previously visited them, and one of their recordings had appeared on a County LP. In the mid-1970s, Tom Carter rented a house in nearby Meadows of Dan, VA (as we later did) and spent time with both the Shelor and Kimble families. We saw Ivery Kimble, Taylors eldest daughter, only infrequently in those days, as she worked at a textile plant and lived in Martinsville during the week. Ivery had gone to the same one-room Pine Knots schoolhouse as her older brother Doris and had played guitar and sang as she grew up. She became part of the womens work corps during WWII, helping to build airplanes at the Glen L. Martin factory in Baltimore, MD. Returning home after the war, Ivery played regularly with Taylor and Stella whenever she could. Tom Carter helped the Kimbles issue a private label recording, and soon after Dave and I completed Eight Miles Apart on the Heritage label, one side of which featured the Kimbles with Ivery. In 1990, we assisted Ivery and Doris in putting out a companion cassette (Marimac 9037, Vol. II) to a Marimac cassette which featured our recordings of Taylor and Stella. These two cassettes gave a good sense of the music popular in the Laurel Fork community from the 1890s reaching to the late 1930s. After the passing of Taylor and Stella, Ivery continued playing with younger musicians such as John Coffey until the very end. For those wishing to read more about Iverys life, I refer you to the May-June 1991 issue of the Old-Time Herald, page 16. Below, I have collected some anecdotes from people all over the world on whose lives she had a bearing. In these stories, I hope you will get a sense of her warmth, bigheartedness and love of both people and music.
- Ray Alden, Croton, NY
I have a strong memory of Ivery at her home, where we met. Most of all, I can hear her sweet voice in the wild crowd of Galax asking me about Italy, the Pope, and with her sweet sparkling eyes, inviting me to play a tune. What an honor! I could never have dreamed that this would happen, playing with the people I knew from records, veritable music stars. I didnt have the palest of ideas they could be plain people with a love for music. Meeting Ivery was like meeting someone from my family, a distant relative that you know of but never met before, and what linked us was sharing a love for the music.
- Bruno Stefanini, Bologna, Italy
It is so sad to hear that Ivery has passed away. I remember her as a very kind lady and a good musician. The first time I met her was at the Galax [Fiddlers] Convention in 1984. At the time I didnt know who she wasI suspected she was Harold Hausenflucks mother, because she mothered him and guided him around Felts Park. During my second visit to the Galax area, Ivery played with Melvin and Dea Felts as a member of the Blue Sky Ramblers. I felt honored to join them during the band competition. I remember visiting with her at her house in Laurel Fork, where I made some recordings of the session we had. We sent Christmas cards and she sent my wife some lovely earrings. I met her again in 1991 and 1992. During the 1991 visit, we had another session at her house and she stuffed us with all kinds of goodies that she baked for the occasion. She showed me her fathers fiddle and other memorabilia from the past. I was invited to play at the Wildlife Club, included in the band with Ivery, John Coffey, and Melvin & Dea. It was quite a happening for me, an event Ill never forget. For a whole week, she loaned me her beautiful red Gibson to practice for the gig. In 1999, I met her again at a gig in the [nursing home] in Hillsville, an event to which I was invited by Hillsville fiddler Orlis Nester. I remember that, although Ivery looked very old and feeble, she still had driven herself to the gig in order to play guitar with us.
- Theo Lissenberg, Haarlem, Holland
Ivery played in our band, the Blue Sky Ramblers, for about eight years. She was always ready to play music. Right up with there with her music, Ivery was known for her hospitality. She made several rum cakes at a time so that she would always have one in the freezer. One time we had a bunch of unexpected company come in while we were getting ready to go over to her house for a practice session. We called Ivery at the last minute and told her we had eight people coming, did she need us to stop and get anything? She said no, it would be fine. When we got there, she stepped into the back room and revealed an extra refrigerator devoted entirely to party food: dips, snacks and soft drinks. It was a privilege to know Ivery for so many years.
- Melvin and Dea Felts, Hillsville, Virginia
[The recipe for Ivery's Rum Cake, along with a photo of Ivery playing the guitar surrounded by drooling rum cake eaters, is on the back cover of OTH vol. 2 no. 2 -ed.]
Lynn Davis of Huntington, WV passed away on Dec. 18. He was 86. Known as a musician and radio pioneer, he began broadcasting on rural WV and KY radio stations in the 1930s and gained national prominence during the late 1940s with his wife and musical partner, Molly ODay. In the 1950s the pair embarked on a career as evengelists with their ministry often including Mollys singing and banjo playing. After Molly died in 1987 Lynn continued the down-home, community oriented radio broadcast they had started 20 years before in the back room of their home. Lynn was a guest at the 1998 OTR conference in Mt. Airy, NC. He was a treasure and joy to all who knew him. - John Lilly
Fiddler, Jerry Lundy, lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 3. Jerry was a well respected fiddler in both bluegrass and old-time music. He played with his cousin, Ted Lundy, in the Southern Mountain Boys. Jerrys grandfather was the great Galax fiddler, Emmett Lundy. Jerry had a driving style that drew from that tradition and an extensive knowledge of old-time tunes. He readily blurred the line between bluegrass and old-time music bringing great old-time tunes into a bluegrass setting. He will be greatly missed by many friends and family. - Bob Buckingham
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