Saturday, November 17, 2012


Give the gift of MUSIC this holiday with a 10-week session of RISK plus a RISK T-shirt in your size,

ALL FOR $60!!  
Don't wait: orders must be recieved before December 3rd!

Our 2013 Season will begin on Jan. 15th and run through March 26th (no RISK the week of Feb. 19th).  See the calendar for more details

A great idea for grandparents or anyone seeking an experiential holiday gift.

To pay for your shirt and next season, send your name and phone number along with a check payable to:
Shane Jewell
20020 107th Ave SW
Vashon WA 98070
See you in January!
Shane and Kim

Friday, November 16, 2012


Dear RISK,

Thanks for a fabulous, musical, creative season!!  We look forward to rosining up the bows and tuning up the strings again on Jan. 15th, 2013!!

Our Evening RISK will begin on Jan. 31st and be held once a month on the LAST THURSDAY of each month.  So, mark your calendars.

We hope you enjoy a peaceful and music-filled holiday and new year.  

Cheers and Thanks, again,

Kim and Shane

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

EVENING RISK!! 11/15/12

You are invited to our last EVENING RISK SESSION of 2012!!    Come out and jam tomorrow night (Thursday, 11/15) at the Roasterie.

We'll begin at 7 and go until about 8:30.    

Please use the FRONT MIDDLE DOOR on the porch.  The main door and the back doors will be locked

Looking forward to some rollicking fun!!


Kim and Shane

Monday, November 12, 2012

Set List for Concert 11/13/12 at Vashon Community Care Center

Set list for VCCC Concert; 11/13/12
1 Mari’s Wedding ---1 X play whole song, 1X sing first and second verse, 1X play whole song

2. Snowden's Jig:
start with rhythm
Violins come in 1X thru
All in at G chord
All together 2X
End with 4X sad 3 blind mice…then rhythm

 3. Swallowtail Jig X2

4. Elenor Rigby 3X

5. I's the B'y 
Instrumental 1X 
vocal 1X
instrumental 1X
2nd vocal verse 1X,
Instrumental last time thru

6. Bayou Pon Pon X2

7. Hangu Podoloy X2

8. Old Joe Clark X2

9. Comin' Home (cold ending)
All 1X
Max and Max w/echo 1X
Shane 1X
Kim 1X
Lars 1X
Sandy 1X
Rick 1X
Kai 1X
Kolo 1X
Ian 1X
Jane 1X
Jayden 1X
Anyone else?  Please let me know.  Also, let me know if you DON’T want to do a solo.

All together, repeat last 4 measures 3X with a cold ending

9. Cripple Creek X2 no repeats taken from music

10.  Mari’s same as above.  

Meet at Vashon Community Care Center!!

We will meet at the Vashon Community Care Center, North of Vashon town tomorrow at 3:30.  A set list for our concert was sent out last week.  It will be posted on the site as well.

Please bring a music stand if you need one.

Looking forward to sharing our fun with the seniors!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I's the B'y sheetmusic and lyrics in G

This evening I thought I'd post some music for I's the B'y, a song we taught way back before the blog got started.  The song's author is unknown, and may be a re-writing of an older ballad, but in it's most recent form, it originates in Newfoundland.  For more info and all the verses, click here.

Each chord gets 3 beats.  The chords for it are:


The melody is the top line:

The words vary widely depending on whose version you sing.  Here's the version we have sung:

I's the B'y who builds the boat
I's the B'y who sails her
I's the B'y who catches the fish
and brings 'em home to Liza

I took Liza to the dance
Faith but she could travel
Every step that Liza took
Covered an acre of gravel

From the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada - We are told that although the song may have originated in the 1870s, probably in a Newfoundland fishing village, interest in I's The B'y did not spread outside Newfoundland until after the song was heard and transcribed by two researchers interested in Newfoundland's folk traditions, Kenneth Peacock and Gerald S. Doyle. Its melody and lyrics were transmitted throughout Canada in the songbook Folk Songs of Canada by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston (1954), relying on Peacock's transcription. Teachers and students outside Newfoundland were eager to learn about the music of the newest province, which had joined Canada a mere five years earlier, and I's the B'y quickly became a favourite of classrooms and choirs across the country.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The New RISK T-shirt is now available!

We are excited to announce that the new RISK T-shirts are ready to order, and they turned out great!


These shirts will be used for performances, but make great gifts for the whole family :)


Shirts can be ordered directly from Shane by telling him what quantities and sizes you want, or you can place your order online here:  Either way, give a check or cash to Shane for the total amount.

Shirts cost $18, the whole range of sizes from ultra small youth to ultra large adult are available.

Support the Rock Island String Kollective, order shirts for the your friends and neighbors this holiday season! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Gravel Walk

This week at RISK we're playing a driving Celtic reel called The Gravel Walk! 
It tends to be performed at 2 speeds: fast and faster :)

We'll play it a bit slower for a while :)

Monday, October 8, 2012


***************UPDATE 10/16/12: ****************
We had a rockin' fun time last Thursday night at Minglement with 7 excellent players showing up to jam!  I have some recordings to post later this week.

The next EVENING RISK will take place on NOVEMBER 15TH, 7 PM, at the Roasterie.  Mark your calendars and join us if you can!

We will have our FIRST EVENING RISK get-together THIS THURSDAY!!

This group is open to anyone who wants to come out and share a musical hour plus.  Beginners welcome.  If you have RISK music already, please bring that along as we will probably do some of our favorite tunes.  You can find and print out or listen to all the music here on the RISK site!

The Roasterie is closed during the time we will be there, so bring a drink or snack if you need one.  There is a small fee of $5 per session.

Looking forward to some rockin' evening jams!!


Kim and Shane

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hangu from Podoloy Sheetmusic!

Tonight I was inspired and whipped out some sheetmusic for Hangu from Podoloy.


What do sheetmusic and vampires have in common?  They both suck the life out of folk musicians!

Click here to listen to the recordings posted earlier this year of the song BEFORE playing from the sheetmusic!

OK, no more talk.  Newly posted, here's the sheetmusic for the tune!

Here's the viola part:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pentatonic/Blues Scale Tutorials!

This evening I thought I'd share some excellent tutorial videos of how to play the pentatonic or blues scale on all sorts of instruments. These scales are move-able to any key you want to play in! Warning: you WILL want to have your instrument IN YOUR HAND when you watch these videos, so you can try them out and play along :)

Violins/Violas/Cellos go here to see a 5 string electric fiddler:
Note: The performer (Shenzu) plays in a key that is great for Viola and Cello, not so much for violins. Violins should pause the video to try out the pattern on the G string, or shift to 3rd position on the A string to play along with the video.

Guitars go here to learn both minor AND major pentatonic scales:

Ukuleles go here to learn the minor pentatonic scale:
...and here for the major one:

Then watch this video for some inspiration of how to put some feeling behind the notes: Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio playing 'In the Cluster Blues' live!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Allons A Lafayette

This morning we go Cajun!
Kim made some great recordings of the fiddle and guitar part, Shane added a bass (cello/viola) part, and at the bottom, the Coobie Joe band plays "Allons de Lafayette" at the first annual Cajun Music Festival at Magnolia Mound in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Take a RISK, try it yourself!




Saturday, September 22, 2012

Medieval Fiddle

 Today, we go medieval with Brounswycke Almande.  For your enjoyment, here is how all the parts sound together:

Brounswycke Almande by RiskyFiddler

Violin melody, harmony 1, harmony 2, guitar, and bass (viola) all played by Shane

Here are the parts individually, to make them easier to learn:

Good night, and good luck!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This fall, take a RISK!

R.I.S.K. begins it's 3rd year of bringing folk music to Vashon!  This Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Rock Island String Kollective will bring together violins, violas, cellos, guitars, ukuleles, and other stringed instruments to play music from around the world: from old world gypsy tunes and medieval dance music to the Beattles and Red Hot Chili Peppers, from jazz to swing to cajun to celtic to klezmer. 

ALL NEW: Now the RISK calendar can be found through the link at the top of the page, and can be linked to your own google calendar.  Also new this year, keep an eye out for the RISK t-shirt, coming soon!  As always, sheet music, videos and recordings can be found here on the blog.  Drop your email address into the box at the right to recieve all new sheet music and recordings directly in your inbox!

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, we are offering monthly evening music with RISK @ the Roastery!  Every second Thursday, from 7 - 8:15pm, at Minglemint.  The first musical evening will be Thursday Oct. 11th. 

Looking forward to a great winter of lively music!

Shane, Kim & Sarah

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Bosco Stomp for RISKy fiddlers

And we are back to Cajun music!  The fabulous Kim has brought us another outragous fiddle tune.  Listen to her play it here nice and clear, then watch the video below of the the Lost Bayou Ramblers playing it live.  Keep an eye on the bass player - I think he is actually balanced ON TOP of his double bass as he plays it!  That's some high energy music folks!

I typed up some sheet music for it too, feel free to print it out.  We'll learn the second part of this on Tuesday! Thanks Kim!

Bosco Stomp mp3, fiddle

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hangu from Podoloy

This evening's post is Hongu from Podoloy, and transitions into Freylachs from Podoloy.  Both are Old World Klezmer tunes, played by the Hungarian Klezmer band, Di Naye Kapelye.  We will learn the second tune in the fall!

 This second video is the Di Naye Kapelye Live!  Enjoy!

Newly posted, here's the sheetmusic for the tune!

Here's the viola part:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Take the A Train, Duke Ellington

Next up, Take the A Train!  Here is a fun video of the man himself with his band live, and an awesome bass and scat solo!

And now the sheet music, in treble cleff:

 For the guitars, here's some Tab:

[A] [A] [B] [A] form

A section for melody



B Section for melody ]


(*)= Coda/outro

[ Tab from: ]
For Ukelele, check out this great video:
And the fingering is available on the Ukelele Underground (requires you to set
up an account, but it is free!) Ukelele Tab

Have fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Road to Lisdonvarna

This week I'll bring a traditional Irish tune to Risk:
Here's Tab for the guitars, sheetmusic for the fiddles and chords for all! A traditional Irish tune, the kind that gets stuck in your head! And it is about an actual place, see below for the juicy details...

A little history of Lisdoonvarna..
Lisdoonvarna hosts an annual Matchmakers Festival and draws singles from all over the world. Each year, during the month of September, this small village on the western coast of Ireland offers the chance to find another lonely heart... The name Lisdoonvarna comes from 'Lios Duin Bhearna', which means the lios or enclosure of the fort in the gap. It was in the 18th-century when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from near and far to bathe in, and drink, the mineral waters. It was due to the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people going there that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition". September became the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife.

-------------------------from ""

Yours in Risk taking,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thanks to Connie and George Shader for taking and getting the pictures to me!

Please print out the words to Red-Haired Lad, if you have time.

Thanks!! See you soon!



Monday, March 12, 2012

Beggarman Lyrics (Red Haired Boy)

Two posts in one day! A new record :) End of last month I did a long post on Red Haired Boy, aka "Beggarman". Today I am sharing the lyrics!


I am a little Beggar and a Beggar I have been
For three score'r more on this Isle of green
I go down to Lithy and down to Sligo
And I go by the name of old Johnny Dew

Of all the trades a-goin' now beggin is the best
When a man gets tired he can sit down 'a rest
He begs for his supper he has nothin' else to do
Then his cart around the corner with his old Rigadoo

I slept last night in Curabawn
when the night came along and I slept till the dawn
With holes in the roof and the rain a-comin' through
And the cats and the rats were playin' peeka-boo

when Who should awaken but the woman of the house
With her white spotty apron and her calico blouse
She began to frighten and the mice said boo!
I said don't be afraid ma'am it's old Johnny Dew.

I met a little flaxy haired girl one day,
Good morning little flaxy haired girl I did say
Good morning little Beggar Man and how do you do
With your rags and your bags and your old Rigadoo

Buy a pair of leggings with a collar and a tie
And a nice big lady I will fetch by and by
Buy a pair of goggles and I'll color them blue
And an old fashioned lady I will make her too

Over the fields with me pack on me back
Over field with me great heavy sack
With holes in my shoes and the toes a'peekin' through
Singin' skitta rink-a-diddle now it's only Johnny Dew

I must be going to bed for it's gettin' late at night
The fire's all been raked and out goes the light
Well now you've heard the story of me old Rigadoo
It's "Good-bye God be with you' says old Johnny Dew.

Goodnight, and see you all soon! -shane

Here are some great photos of the RISK winter concert, 2011 at the Vashon Coffee Roastery - thanks Kim! Great concert everyone!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bayou Pon Pon!

This week we took a walk on the Cajun side! Kim says this video gives a good sense of the culture and style of Zydeco:

Bon Temps Roule!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mairi's Wedding!

Hello All! Here are the lyrics for Mairi's Wedding:


Step we gaily on we go

Heel for heel and toe for toe

Arm in arm and on we go

All for Mairi' s weddin
Over hill-ways up and down
Myrtle green and bracken brown
Past the shieling through the town
All for Mairi's wedding

and here are the chords:
G - G - C - D -
repeate ad-infinitum

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

3 Little Birds music

Hello Risk-ies!!

Here is a video of 3 Little Birds, by Bob Marley. It's got the words so you can hear how the words come together with the music. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Red Haired Boy and The Beggarman

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the latest and greatest in the land of RISK! Today at the Roastery we started a new song, Red Haired Boy, and now, as promised, here is the sheet music and a video! Also, here is Red Haired Boy TAB for guitar and a Video for any brave guitarists, and here's Red Haired Boy Tab for Ukulele and a Video for any fearless Ukuleyers who would like to try out the tune!

Red Haired Boy

Fiddlers note:
  1. this sheet music is a rough guideline, and should not be followed note for note. Improvise!
  2. any time you see the same note twice in a row, add a "roll" or other decoration.
  3. this song works really well with double stops - try adding the open strings below the one the melody is on!

OK, now for the fun! We'll start off with a nice friendly version, then get wilder as we go :) See you all next week!