I got to thinking about some good fiddle books I have - not necessarily interesting to ALL Fiddlers, but interesting all the same. Then, got to thinking how my whole house seems like a Library & have talked to my Daughter about helping me remedy this situation.
There used to be a bookstore that had a café area inside - IT WAS WONDERFUL! You could preview a book before purchase, even read it cover to cover (without purchasing it!) - all while enjoying a cup of coffee, tea, juice, maybe even a slice of cake or muffin. 😋
Been doing a little day dreaming about a place like that for obscure & old fiddle/viola/cello books, for local string players. Maybe nothing bookstores or music shops might have flying off the shelves (popular selling) - just little treasures of info & stories about Fiddlers, different kinds of fiddling music & styles around the world that people don't usually run across.
Pertaining to the quaint coffee shop/tea room idea thing... any noise at all will cross Libraries off the list of possibilities, but other than a bookstore - a music store (@Fiddlerman , hint, hint 😁) might be the ideal place... even trying out something discovered on a new instrument prospect.
I know, historically, Coffee Houses would host live music, even provide a venue for new talent, but I wasn't thinking of the entertainment factor - more emphasis on what old & obscure music books have to offer a few friends, or just individuals, in a quaint setting.
Anyone aware of anything like this near you?
theres one close to you I think.
theres alot of these type establishments around. Places that give lessons...host jams/sessions/ house parties. I dont know a thing about that place but it seems like a start.
And there is a common practice of people hosting house concerts..booking talent to put on workshops or perform then kinda mingle or hangout..even jam maybe. Those are fun.
I heard these two interviewed on get up in the cool podcast. this is an example of what Im describing.
Thanks - very cool!
So, taking a quick peek, Doug is a photographer & plays piano (did that great video of the rolling Black Cat Jig!) - not sure if Robin plays an instrument. Doug & Robin remodeled that part of the house 10 years ago & been having 'House Concerts' ever since!
Found a great site that helps people do this in a couple ways:
ConcertsInYourHome.com (CIYH) and ListeningRoomNetwork.com, both founded by artist and music innovator Fran Snyder.
The former, established in 2006, is the world’s largest and most active community of house concerts in the world. A thousand members connect to book house concerts and other remarkable events in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Listening Room Network, is an extension of the good work done at CIYH, to provide similar resources for public venues that promote a listening environment, and offer artists a living wage.
...really was just thinking about finding some of my books a new home, but like the idea of 'House Concerts'!
Thanks for the link to the Irish League. Corktown is still a part of Detroit that I'd rather not frequent late at night, even if I could right now, but I'll see what else is available around here.