Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going out to Clayville to play "Going Down to Cairo" (among other tunes) this weekend at Clayville's spring festival

Blast email sent this afternoon to my Clayville Pioneer Academy of Music and Prairieland Strings lists.

Hi everybody --

We're on the schedule to play at the Clayville Spring Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. (or till we decide to wander off and get a bratwurst or something) Saturday and Sunday. If you've done this before, you know playing a festival isn't a performance. It's very relaxed, and a lot of fun. If you haven't, don't worry -- this festival is very neighborly, and playing a festival is the best way I know of to start getting some experience playing for the public. Either way, bring a chair if you want to sit down. We'll just find a spot somewhere under a tree. Admission is $5, but it's waived if you're carrying an instrument case. Park in the visitors' lot just west of Clayville Historic Site, on Ill. 125 at Pleasant Plains, and tell the folks at the ticket booth you're here to play with the Clayville Pioneer Academy of Music.

One of the tunes we've been playing lately is "Going Down to Cairo," performed in the YouTube clip linked below by Gary Sizemore of Tallequah, Okla., and band. He plays it a little differently than we do, especially on the B part, but it's all good -- and it's all old-time fiddle music.

[...] Our next indoor session is the Prairieland Strings slow jam from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2800 West Jefferson in Springfield. Yikes! That's next week!

DULCIMER PLAYERS NOTE: Mike Anderson, master dulcimer player of Jacksonville, has some times available for individual lessons in June and July. They're $16 for a 30-minute session, and they're the best way I know to get started off right, or bump your skills up to the next level. Details on his website at

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