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Music in the Valley
Folk Music Festival
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damfino
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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

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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

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

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@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. 

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@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.

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@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

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Really nice down-home playing.  Loved it. 

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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."

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@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!

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@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 🙂 

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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.

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

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