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Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of…

There are not so many documentations about Bluegrass available. This is a high quality  24 minute video about Bluegrass in Washington, D. C.

Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, D.C.

I created this video when I was in graduate school pursuing an MFA in film. I have been working on a feature length documentary on The Seldom Scene for several years (I submitted a cut of it as my MFA thesis project) and for this project I interviewed Mike Auldridge (again), Dudley Connell (again), George McCeney, and Len Holslcaw. I will be uploading a few clips from my Seldom Scene documentary in progress over the next few days. With the recent passing of Mike Auldridge, I remembered countless conversations with Mike over the last twenty years or so and the three times I interviewed him on camera. I shot this interview with Mike in April 2004 and it is my favorite interview with Mike. He truly was what everyone has said he was– a true gentleman and a class act all the way. And thanks to Dudley Connell, Len Holsclaw and George McCeney as well.

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The Dillards – Great Harmony Singing and a lot…

I have recently heard a great song by the Dillards – Hey Boys. In this song you can hear the fantastic harmony-singing of the Dillards.

I would like to take the chance to present the Dillards in this blog. You can find detailed information about the Dillards in the wikipedia article (see below).

The Dillards have been engaged for the Andy Griffith Show in 1963 where they played the band The Darlings. The Darlings were the first band who brought Bluegrass to a wider audience in the USA.

The Andy Griffith Show

Though The Dillards were already an established bluegrass band, their biggest claim to fame is performing musically as members of the fictional Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, introducing bluegrass to many Americans who had never heard it.

The appearances of the Dillards as the Darlings ran between 1963 and 1966.

The following video fromthe Judy Garland Show in 1963 is one of the funniest Bluegrass videos that I have seen up to now:

The Dillards – Buckin’ Mule – Judy Garland Show 1963

The Dillards are also known to be the first band that played the tune “Duelin’ Banjo” in 1963 in the Andy Griffith Show, a tune that has later become very popular.

Playlist “The Dillards”

The playlist contains some complete concert videos at the end. Enjoy the Dillards!

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Curly Strings – Fantastic Bluegrass and Folk from Estonia…

By a picture from the Kaustinen Festival in Finland I have discovered the band Curly Strings.

Curly Strings are

  • Eeva Talsi – fiddle
  • Villu Talsi – mandolin
  • Jalmar Vabarna – guitar
  • Taavet Niller – double bass

This band is very popular in Estonia, and their song Kauges Külas is one of the songs that were the No. 1 in the Estonian iTunes charts.

The style of Curly Strings combines elements of bluegrass and folk, including the harmony-singing and virtuoso solos on fiddle, mandolin or guitar. Some songs sound like traditional folk songs from Estonia, others are typical bluegrass tunes – the music of Curly Strings creates a happy mood and brings the listeners to dance and sing with the music.

Playlist Curly Strings

I have compiled the best Curly Strings videos in my playlist

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Website Curly Strings

Villu Talsi does also play in a trio with accordion player Tuulikki Bartosik and the Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson:

http://tuulikkibartosik.com/bartosikhjalmarssontalsi/

Bartosik/Hjalmarsson/Talsi

Me and Villu also play in trio with Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson. You can hear us enjoying traditional Swedish music mostly from Dalarna, our own music and all kind of traditional tunes from Estonia. We do concerts, workshops in Swedish and Estonian traditional music and play to dance.

Tuulikki Bartosik – free bass accordion

Villu Talsi – mandolin

Jonas Hjalmarsson – fiddle

Eeva und Villu Talsi are playing two matching instruments made by  Campanella Stringed Instruments:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?99697-Curly-Strings

Eeva and Villu Talsi, fiddle and mandolin, and a married couple, came to me several years ago and asked me to build them matched instruments. I delivered the fiddle and mandolin approximately one year ago, and have been extremely impressed with the material that they are producing.

youtube channel of Jalmar Vabarna

In the youtube channel of the guitar player Jalmar Vabarna you can find some older videos with Villu Talsi

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Dry And Dusty live at the Portland Oldtime Music…

I have discovered Dry and Dusty in the youtube channel Mark’s Memories and I have listened to the show they played at the Portland Oldtime Music Gathering now for several times.

Description from the Dry and Dusty facebook page

Dry and Dusty is an old-time sister duo from Bellingham and sometimes Spokane, Washington. The band is made up of Ruthie and Sally Jablonsky, who grew up playing music with their parents, hiking around in the desert singing cowboy songs, and learning the old tunes from their extended family at festivals and camps.

Dry and Dusty are playing and singing a great program of songs and instrumentals, with great harmony singing, a variety of instrumental combinations and humorous dialogs between the songs. If you like oldtime music you should watch the complete playlist.

Big Truck Driving Man is one of the great songs with mandolin and guitar accompaniment:

08 Dry And Dusty 2014-01-18 Big Truck Driving Man

Sally does also play the banjo in clawhammer style – a great example is the last song of the show:

14 Dry And Dusty 2014-01-18 Morning Bell

Playlist – Dry And Dusty live at the Portland Oldtime Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon on 1/18/2014.

Dry And Dusty live at the Portland Oldtime Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon on 1/18/2014 performing Sal, Would You Marry Me.

Sally Jablonsky: guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals
Ruthie Jablonsky: guitar, fiddle and vocals

Support the artists by seeing them live and buying their official merchandise.
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/dryanddusty http://www.bubbaguitar.com/gathering/

Set list: Sal, Would You Marry Me / Weary Blues / Chadwell’s Station / Katie Dear / Paradise / Old Granny Blair / Mean Mama / Big Truck Driving Man / Instrumental / The Dying Californian / Glitter / Jenny Baker / Maybe Someday / Morning Bell

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