FORUM

Please have a look at our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Music in the Valley
Folk Music Festival
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
July 12, 2016 - 10:20 am
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

This past weekend I went to the folk festival, Music in the Valley, which is held at Hale Farm and Village in the Akron, OH area.

I chickened out of taking my own violin with me (which I ended up regretting, lol), but had fun watching everyone else playing.

I could see there were people of all levels, one lady still had tape on her fingerboard and was getting help from others. I've gone to this event before, and I think it was going last year that gave me the final push to give in and get a violin and see what would happen.

Edit to add a link to some pictures I took at the festival: https://flic.kr/s/aHskD5w4Xe

Anyway, I recorded some of the groups, mainly with the idea in mind to look back and maybe learn something from the various fiddlers, but decided to put the clips together and share it on youtube since there doesn't seem to be many videos online of the event.
 

And here are my pictures of Hale Farm, the museum where the festival takes place: https://flic.kr/s/aHsiN7DSFJ

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
BillyG
Brora, North-east Scotland
July 12, 2016 - 11:23 am
Member Since: March 22, 2014
Forum Posts: 2225
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Excellent !  And such a great idea to "publish" it - so many little "get-togethers" just don't get the coverage they should.  Good on you !  hats_off

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

Avatar
RonB
Jeffersonville, VT
Member
Members
July 12, 2016 - 1:31 pm
Member Since: April 25, 2016
Forum Posts: 43
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Wow! @damfino what terrific photographs. Thanks for sharing them. 

Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
July 12, 2016 - 3:27 pm
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@BillyG Thanks, that's what I was thinking. The event always feels a little over-looked compared to when they do their Civil War reenactment... for that it feels like everyone in the state turns out for it, lol. I think it's interesting and go every year, but it's so over crowded. This one I think most of the people that show up are the musicians, not many come to enjoy what they are doing, and I think more people should, even if I do hate a crowd. It's a fun atmosphere, to be at the museum and hear all the music surrounding it.

 
@RonB Thank you! I'm way more comfortable hiding behind the camera than I am with my fiddle, lol. 

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
intrepidgirl
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Members

Regulars
July 12, 2016 - 11:04 pm
Member Since: March 8, 2015
Forum Posts: 165
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@damfino: The video is very good, there is some great harmony in there.  All from memory and no music anywhere, that is what makes me nervous, but I guess practice a few until we have them down and jump in! (and learn to do harmony or backup).  I like the singing, very nice.

Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
July 13, 2016 - 10:52 am
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@intrepidgirl Thanks! 

Even though I play most of my stuff by memory, I worry about having a brain fart and not being able to remember anything, lol. In one of the other groups that I didn't video, there was a guy that had a music stand in front of him with his sheet music on it, but he was the only one I saw doing that.
 
I have tried figuring out how to just play backup, it's something I work on every now and then with my teacher, but I really can't do that yet, so much to learn! lol

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
Uzi
Georgia
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
July 13, 2016 - 10:53 am
Member Since: January 19, 2014
Forum Posts: 940
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Really nice down-home playing.  Loved it. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

Avatar
fulfillingsoul
Members
July 15, 2016 - 2:22 am
Member Since: August 19, 2015
Forum Posts: 37
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Such fun! They played so well together. I was wondering if they are professional musicians or serious hobbyists?

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Avatar
Schaick
Members

Regulars
July 15, 2016 - 7:30 am
Member Since: December 25, 2013
Forum Posts: 877
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@damfino Wonderful!!  My hubby and I tried to make it this year.  I have a cousin living in the area. Work schedules got in the way.

Maybe next year!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
July 15, 2016 - 8:41 am
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

@fulfillingsoul I think it's a combination of both. The one group near the end of the video (with the lobster accordion) is a local band, some other people in the larger group are part of a couple small local bands. 

@Schaick It's a fun laid back group that goes to this. Some people seemed to just find a group they knew or liked and stayed there, where others moved around group to group all day. I hope by next year I'm more comfortable with my playing and songs that I know. I purposely learned a couple songs my teacher said they'd play there, but wasn't comfortable enough with them (had only been playing them a week, lol) so I guess over the course of this next year I'll work on adding more of these fiddle tunes so I'll be ready to sit in 🙂 

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
OldOgre
OhiO
Members

Regulars
July 15, 2016 - 9:06 am
Member Since: March 15, 2014
Forum Posts: 224
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Hi Mandy.

Sounds like you had a great time, thanks for sharing.

Do you know of any other events like these being held around here?

As always have a great day.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
July 15, 2016 - 9:37 am
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

@OldOgre I don't know of any, but I can ask my teacher 🙂 

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
June 19, 2017 - 2:56 pm
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Giving this thread a little bump because the event is coming up again in July if anyone is in the Akron, Ohio area.

You get in free when you bring an instrument. 

https://www.wrhs.org/events/music-in-the-valley-folk-wine-festival-2/

 

P.s. I confirmed with the museum that it's free admission for people who bring an instrument, since they don't list that on the event page anymore. 

Even if you don't want to play, if you live in the area it's a fun event to attend 🙂 

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
June 20, 2017 - 3:12 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 12722
14sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Wine and Fiddle sounds like a party to me. 🙂
Thanks Mandy

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
damfino
oHIo, USA
Members

Regulars
July 11, 2017 - 11:27 am
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1457
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
15sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

So I went this past Saturday to the Music in the Valley festival, and had a great time 🙂 I brought my fiddle this year, spent half the time tasting (and buying) locally made wine and touring the old houses, and then went over to listen to the jam groups. One group a couple of the people remember me each year from taking pictures, so they egged me on to take out my fiddle, saying it was better to do nothing and have the fiddle out of the case than walk around with it in the case, lol. 

I didn't know any of the songs they were playing (I heard them playing the ones I knew earlier when I was walking around, haha), so I only chopped the rhythm. My teacher had taught me guitar chords so I could watch the chords and find my place, but the guitarist was next to me talking to me, lol. Oh well. Lots of helpful and friendly people in the group, and they suggested some local jams to check out. (in the video above from last year, the group I joined is the one playing Liberty and Soldier's Joy, the group was pretty much the same people in the circle and the same spot this year, so they are easy to find)

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
July 11, 2017 - 3:59 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 12722
16sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Great that you can play the rhythm on the violin. This is so useful, especially if you don't know the tunes. Good for you!

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 231

Currently Online:
49 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today None
Upcoming Freq, Christine (moonlitday), 8r4d

Top Posters:

coolpinkone: 3978

Mad_Wed: 2849

Barry: 2666

Fiddlestix: 2647

Oliver: 2439

DanielB: 2379

Kevin M.: 1969

cdennyb: 1808

TerryT: 1722

Ferret: 1575

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 2

Members: 7160

Moderators: 0

Admins: 3

Forum Stats:

Groups: 16

Forums: 56

Topics: 6905

Posts: 85973

Newest Members:

mabelfv60, peteojayy, brianor2, dellaoz60, Toranhq, Juliantax

Administrators: Fiddlerman: 12722, KindaScratchy: 1705, BillyG: 2225