Monday, September 29, 2014


Thanks to the generosity of Eva and the Minglement Crew, we are staying at MINGLEMENT and changing our location to down stairs by the piano!

I need two people to come early and set up chairs in a circle around the piano while I go pick up our wonderful guests, Johnny and Riley.

Please email or call me (463-0062) if you can help tomorrow.

Looking forward to sharing our music!!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Set List for TODAY

Hello All,

Just a loose list for us to play today:

Old Aunt Jenny with her Night Cap On!
Bayou Pon Pon
Isaac Hannah's
Minor Swing--Hall of the Mt. Swing
Snowden's Jig
Elearnor Rigby
Here Comes the Sun
Cluck Old Hen
Hangu Podoly--Frelachs Podoly
Banish Misfortune
Trip to Sligo
Morrison's Jig

Of course,  suggestions welcome.  Want to have charts for Steve the Bassist.

See you soon!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Old Aunt Jenny with Her Night Cap On: the slo-mo video

In our first RISK session of the fall 2014 session, Reilly & Johnny introduced us to "Old Aunt Jenny with Her Nightcap On." They told us that the tune comes from Estill Bingham, Pineville, Bell County, Kentucky.

Here's the Man Himself, playing the tune solo as recorded in Kentucky in 1986.

Here's Riley Calcago playing the tune quick slow so you can listen and learn—
Riley play old-aunt-johnny-with-her-nightcap-on-slow

And then Riley & papa Johnny rock the tune in this fast version on fiddle and guitar—
Old Aunt Jenny Rocks Out with Riley & Johnny

And here's a video of the music in the Key of G that we were taught in, played at 70% speed so you can "get it." Looks like it's the same sheet music, too.

If you didn't get the sheet music to "Old Aunt Jenny with Her Nightcap On," here you go. In version 2, I penciled in the guitar chords that go with the measure below it. Johnny said that the C Major chord is an acceptable substitute for the E minor chord in part A. HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Dear Everyone,

I'm so excited to start this year!  We will be meeting at 3:45 in the Bookman West bookshop (old Minglement conference room) this coming Tuesday, 9/16, a week from today!

Johnny and Riley Calcagno, a father and son duo, will be our first guest artists.  As I will be picking them up from the ferry, we may be a tad late.   We will have the room set up, and feel free to launch into a rousing "Mairi's Wedding" and wait for us.

Please bring a music stand if you need one.   

Each session is $5, or pay for the whole semester through Nov.  for $40 and save $5.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Feel free to call or email if you have questions or concerns.

It's going to be a great year!!!!

See you soon,