Today I have played some tunes from Butch Baldassari’s book 30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari – including a tune named “Sugar in the Gourd” which was fun to play.
I have looked for some youtube videos and found some great performances of this tune as well as some very old recordings like the following recorded in 1930:
SUGAR IN THE GOURD by Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen. Recorded in 1930. Good, old timey foot stompin’ hillbilly music. Enjoy!
Sugar in the Gourd is an oldtime tune, but it is also a tune that can be played in a bluegrass style. It is mostly played by the fiddle, the other instruments are mostly playing the acompaniment.
I recommend that you listen to my playlist and select your favorite version of the tune. The tune is a fast tune, a good tune to practice speed.
Sugar in the gourd was the song of the week in the Mandolin Cafe in May 2012 – in the thread about this tune you can find more information and other videos with mandolins.
Playlist “Sugar in the Gourd”
I can recommend the Butch Baldassari book – the tunes are all great to play and the CD that comes with the book helps to play the tunes properly.
You can find some free sheet music links for Sugar in the Gourd in my link collection sugar in the gourd
“30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari” (amazon partnerlink)
Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia
Frigg – a folk and dance band from Finland – will take part in the folk festival in Rudolstadt, Germany this year. Last year Frigg were on tour in the UK and in Switzerland.
Frigg has published 5 CDs and is very successful in Scandinavia. The last CD Polka V has got several awards including the “most successful album of 2012”. You can find more about the awards on the Frigg website.
During an interview by the Philharmonie of Luxemburg Anti und Esko Järvelä of Frigg told about their music. The energy in the music needs to be transformed to a dance movement. Frigg wants to support the folk dance tradition of the North European countries
The sound of Frigg is based on the virtuoso playing of three or four fiddles. The fiddles play together in unison or in arrangements for several voices. The fiddles are accompanied by guitar, mandolin and double bass. Even the most complicated rhythms are played in perfect interplay. Most of the pieces are compositions by Frigg in the typical nordic style, inspired by the folk music of Scandinavia. Rock and Jazz elements or influences from folk dances of Eastern Europe are also included.
This is a video recorded last year with three tunes:
FRIGG I BODA 2012
The interview with Anti and Esko Järvelä:
Frigg interview @ the Philharmonie Luxembourg
My Frigg Playlist
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