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Reblogged from the Traditional Arts Indiana Website

Traditional Arts Indiana’s first webinar of 2012 is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and the event is going to be something of a hybrid. In addition to real-time (and free) digital access to the webinar at http://breeze.iu.edu/tai_webinars, there will be a live (and also free) component hosted at Indiana University’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusiciology in Room 100 of 510 N. Fess Ave.

Our host for this event is Jon Kay, experienced musician, host of the noted Artisan Ancestors podcast, former director of the Florida Folk Festival, and current director of TAI.

Jon KayJon’s one-hour talk will focus on how folk, traditional, and ethnic musicians can develop their performance skills for performing at events and festivals beyond their home communities. In addition to developing workshops, one-sheets and stage-plots, he will discuss how traditional musicians can retool their performances for the audience outside their home communities.

Our hope is that the split-format webinar will cater to an existing base of interested parties across the state, as well as a core of local and regional folks who won’t mind making the short trip to see Jon in person. However you might choose to attend, this event is free and open to the public, as usual.

To join virtually: Access a computer with working speakers or headphones and navigate to http://breeze.iu.edu/tai_webinars on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4:30 to about 5:30 p.m. Click here if you’d like to see a screenshot showing what exactly to do after navigating to the webinar site.

To attend in person: Arrive at 510 N. Fess Ave., Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, on Thursday, Jan. 26, before 4:25 p.m. Enter through the side door. Street parking is free in the evenings. There is also metered parking at the university-owned McCalla School, one block west of the department on Indiana Ave.

Afterwards, participants will be able to access a recording of the webinar to review or catch up on anything they may have missed. We hope to see you — or to “see” you — soon!


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First and foremost – Our Indiana State Fair suffered a terrible tragedy Saturday night when the main stage rigging collapsed into the audience killing 5 people and injuring 40 others.  Talk on the street in Indy indicates that we may almost double the death toll when this is all over.  My daughter is our Hamilton County 4H Fair Queen and a contender for State Fair Queen.  I’ve been a regular entertainer at the fair (and played on the main stage with Garrison Keillor) for 10+ years.  The State Fair is central to our lives and our hearts go out to the victims, to the Fair and to the State.

Thanks to folks that checked in with me on Saturday.  We had already left the fair for the day and are safe.  We don’t spend much time around the Grandstand Stage and were never in any danger.  I had several friends that were there and their stories are sobering.

On a lighter note…

The Indianapolis Star covered the WLS National Barn Dance Tribute on Friday night.  The photos are really spectacular.

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Pokey (Not Geoff)

Indianapolis’ wonderful arts and culture weekly, NUVO, covered Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three at a recent Blue Stone Folk School concert.  It’s a great review of an even greater concert.

I was asked to play a short warm up set a couple of hours before the gig.  I was under prepared but things went fine.  I never gave a thought to NUVO reporter Scott Shoger being in the house or giving me a mention.

Read the article here.

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From the Noblesville Times

Friendly Folk
The Times photos by Steven Furlow
The Times photos by Steven Furlow

By Steven Furlow

Saturday saw the opening of the Bluestone Folk School’s 2011 concert series featuring Cara Jean Whalers, (bottom) who too command of the capacity crowd at Noble Coffee and Tea in downtown Noblesville. Wahlers joined musician Evan Slusher, (top) for a song during his set.


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I’m playing some holiday gigs over the next couple of weeks.  I don’t play a lot of holiday music.  I’ve been re-discovering tunes that I used to do with the Key Strummers.  In most cases I’m working from scratch.  Through computer changes and intensive classroom cleanings most original arrangements are not at hand.

Here’s the first of several.  I worked it out quickly and your chord interpretations might differ.  Comment away.

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Saturday, November 6 50 Little Birds will be traveling to Bloomington, Indiana for our second Bloomington Handmade Market.

The Bloomington Handmade Market is a contemporary art and craft fair that showcases modern handmade goods from 45+ local and regional artists.
Our holiday event will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Bloomington Convention Center, located at 3rd and College in Bloomington, Indiana.

Following this I will be playing solo ukulele and singing at The Paper Crane, also in Bloomington.  Party invite below:

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Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are frequent visitors to Noblesville and the Folk School. They are great folks, amazingly entertaining and  ways leave us wanting more.  They’ve had a hugely successful year.  They’ve toured Britain (twice?) and were the surprise hit of the Newport Folk Festival.

They are now working on a film project with St. Louis director Bill Streeter entitled BRICK by Chance and Fortune: A St. Louis Story.  They posted a rough track from the movie and I’ve been listening to it all morning.

Bill Streeter’s Blog with a link to the recording is here.

Pokey’s sound has matured so much over the last year and the band is much tighter.  It’s a great sound that hasn’t been heard live in 60 or 70 years.

In other news…

The next post to this blog is number 200.  We’ll celebrate with some sort of giveaway.  Check back in a day or so.

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