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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers


Yesterday we drove 300 miles over mountains and rivers to hear Oregon Old Time Fiddlers play in Grants Pass, Oregon, at Fruitdale Grange.  These events take place often in and around the area of Medford, Grants Pass, and all around Oregon.  An excellent crowd sat in at this show, and most people got up and danced whenever possible.

The last picture/video gives you a taste of the actual music.
I don't know about you, but my feet were stomping the entire two hours we were there.

You do notice that these folks are old people; yet, some of them just started to play.
Now, I know what I'm supposed to sound like.
Off to practice I go. Wish me luck and patience!

28 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What fun!

erin said...

you held the camera? how close we were to you. if only you'd turned it around and we saw you animated!

you are taking lessons? we should put ourselves to everything every single day. it strikes me that too often people wait until they are retired. or worse, much worse, they never do. we must remedy this, rosaria. we must live every day. isn't this so? let's set fire to each other and dance:)

xo
erin

Joani said...

Such fun. Thanks for sharing. Keep practicing.

Brian Miller said...

that is so cool...would love to hear more of them playing...i love the sound...and so cool that some of them just started playing...i would enjoy learning the fiddle or the banjo or violin...

Rubye Jack said...

Always, I've loved fiddle/country/mountain music. How lucky you are to have this sort of event close to you. In my world, 300 miles is still close enough. I'm so glad you had a grand time Rosaria.

yaya said...

That sounded great and I'm sure it was fun for everyone there. You traveled a good distance but were rewarded with good tunes, dancing and fun people. Enjoy your practicing and I'm sure you'll be drawing all the crowds soon!

joeh said...

Gotta love fiddles, banjoes and country music, but be careful...if you listen too long you can feel your IQ dropping!

Cranky Old Man

Eva Gallant said...

I think it's awesome that you are doing this!

The Broad said...

Fantastic, Rosaria, just fantastic!

Kitty Cat said...

You are SOOO cool and awesome Rosaria! :)

ds said...

My feet would be stomping, too. How wonderful that you are learning to do this! :D

Rob-bear said...

Sounds like you had a grand time. Which is great. Next year, you'll be up on stage (if you haven't been already). Trust me; Bears understand these things.

Marguerite said...

Looks like a great time! So glad that ya'll are having fun and good luck with the lessons!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Roasaria .. sounds such fun - love those sort of events .. coming with a happy mind, happy feet and dancing fingers! Cheers Hilary

Vera said...

I couldn't open the link to the video on your blog, so I went on to You Tube to have a search for the band....and there they were! Good old You Tube! And what a charming group of people they are, obviously enjoying their musice, and making me want to join in with them as well. Fantastic. Have put them in my Favourites folder so I can listen to them again when I have more time.

dianefaith said...

All kinds of advantages here, and it's fun besides!

Ruth said...

Rats! I really wanted to hear it, but the video is not working. You are so smart to observe and listen as you learn the fiddle. And reading all those names of cities in your area brings back my semester in Ashland! One of the best times of my life.

the walking man said...

When I spent 5 months in SW Virginia with my wife that was the best of it...the Saturday night get together. If you didn't play you brought a lawn chair and made some really honestly new friends. If I could go back to anywhere it would be there, Henry VA.

Suz said...

wow

Raven said...

If you loved that, you should drive over some more mountains and rivers to go to the Weiser, Idaho Fiddle Festival in June. Fiddlers from all over the nation land in this dusty little broken-down town to compete. They set up a tent city and food booths, etc. The official competitions go on in the High School auditorium, but the most fun is to wander through the camp where the musicians are hanging out and practicing...wonderful "jam" sessions.

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello Rosaria, thank you for visiting my blog, and joining as a follower. I am now a folower of your's as well, and looking forward to what you share.
Kind regards
Colette~ South Africa

Maggie May said...

What a lovely post.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Sightings said...

Dancing is a super pastime for people like us. B and I do some ballroom --- but it ain't nuthin' like this. Good for you!

Vagabonde said...

That sounds like so much fun! I could not click on the video though. Here we also have some fiddlers, but they call the music “Bluegrass.” We have some quite good fiddle and banjo players here as well.

NitWit1 said...

Nice little drive but I see you had a great time-which is always well worth the drive.

We have many fiddlers in Arkansas. Any of the native celebrations include fiddling and clogging,--a local dance. I am sure there are examples on the Internet.

Keep praticing. I was always told by music teacher of instruments, that the stringed instruments were the hardest to learn, but time well spent when you have mastered it.

cheshire wife said...

Good to read that you are enjoying yourself!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Hi Rosaria I will see if I can find a map with Charente on it. I do not want to pin point the hamlet where we live though. Thanks for the kind comments. Diane

Linda Myers said...

We're taking a road trip in April to southwest Virginia. There are multiple music events there for fiddles, and we're hoping to take it slow through them.