January-February 2015

Fiddle Lesson: Hog-Eyed Man

By David Bragger

Joe Newberry  Val Mindel
Joe Newberry & Val Mindel.

Over here at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour  we’re gearing up for the big Dan Gellert DVD and CD release! Since the last column, we've had many visitors here! We recently had a wonderful 2-day, 10-hour singing workshop with old-time masters Joe Newberry and Val Mindel. Eric, Suzy and Allegra Thomspon came by for more filming and jamming! Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones even passed through for an evening of hanging out and playing tunes during their big US road trip/tour! West

Ben Townsend
Ben Townsend.

Virginia’s Ben Townsend stopped in for some filming and picking too! It’s been a great honor to have so many great old-time musicians visit the Tiki Parlour here in Los Angeles. A lot of filming/documenting is under way. In late January, West Virginia's Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller will be performing a house concert and teaching a singing workshop. Many performers are scheduled for 2015 including Mike Compton, Joe Newberry, Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer, and a return visit from Rafe & Clelia Stefanini!!

To start the New Year and celebrate The Old-Time Tiki Parlour’s first release, The Rafe & Clelia Stefanini DVD  I decided to kick it off with an official FolkWorks fiddle lesson. This free lesson features the tune Hog-Eyed Man from the Stefanini DVD. Rafe and Clelia picked it up from Bruce Greene who channels the Hiram Stamper version. Enjoy!!

Hog-Eyed Man


GDGD tuning

source: Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Bruce Greene and Hiram Stamper

David Bragger is a Los Angeles-based instructor and player of old time fiddle and banjo music. He also photographs, films, and collects the lore of traditional artists, from puppeteers in Myanmar to fiddlers of Appalachia The Old Time Tiki Parlour


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