Friday, March 21, 2014

Allons a Lafayette Cajun fiddle sheet music and chords

A great Cajun tune, here's the sheet music and a video:
Pine Leaf Boys - Allons à Lafayette:

The Gravel Walk, fiddle sheet music and guitar chords

Here is sheet music and chords for the Gravel Walk, as well as a video.  This YouTube video begins with Over the Waterfall, a tune we plan to do next season...then comes Gravel Walk:
Over the Waterfall / Gravel Walk:

Banish Misfortune and Trip to Sligo, fiddle sheet music and guitar chords

Another one with sheet music, chords and a recording -
Banish Misfortune (and the Blarney Pilgrim) by Celt…:
Trip to Sligo - Trio irlandais Hartigan:

Imagine for string orchestra on Vashon Island, by John Lennon

The original music video:
John Lennon - Imagine (official video):

Here is a guitar tutorial:
Imagine - John Lennon - Acoustic Guitar Lesson

And a violin tutorial:
Imagine - John Lennon (Jon C. Chen - Violin Cover):

Intro: (C Cmaj7 F) 2x

C Cmaj7 F F
Imagine there's no heaven
C Cmaj7 F  F
It's easy if you try
C Cmaj7 F F
No hell below us
C Cmaj7 F F
Above us only sky

F Am/E Dm Dm/C
Imagine all the people
G G G7
Living for today, ah-ha

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people
Living life in piece

F G C Cmaj7 E E7
You, may say that I'm a dreamer
F G C Cmaj7 E E7
But I'm not the only one
F G C Cmaj7 E E7
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You, may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Spring session setlist 2014, Vashon RISK Orchestra

Here is our list of tunes to work on this session!  We will also continue many tunes from the last season.

Banish misfortune
Allons a Lafayette
Around the horn
Minor Swing/king of the mountain swing
Turk in America
Over the waterfall

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring Session Begins March 18th!

Hello Every RISKer!

We will be starting the Spring Session this Tuesday, March 18th, at 3:45, Bookman West.  The session will go 9 weeks with no meeting on April 15th.

Tuition for the full session is $40 if paid in full by April 1st, or $5 per meeting.  Please let us know if you need a scholarship.

Looking forward to Swinging into Spring with new tunes and a finale at the community care center.

See you Tuesday!


Kim and Shane

Sunday, March 9, 2014



What a lovely day!  My cheeks hurt from smiling.

Thank you to all of you who played, transported players, and danced and enjoyed our event.

We will be taking a one-week break and the next session will start on March 18th, same RISK time, same RISK station.

Enjoy the afterglow of a fabulous show!


Kim and Shane

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Concert Deets: Be there at 12:30 for sound check!

Dear Dear RISK!

Well, after about a million emails, we have straightened a few things out:

Luke, our sound man ( we're a real band!) wants RISK there at 12:30 for a sound check.  This isn't totally imperative, so if it's a major hassle, we can work without you for the sound check.  You can show up and then leave after the sound check (20 mins. or so) and then return to the O space at 1:45 for the show.  Or you are welcome to stay around and check the action, listen to the Onlies do their sound check and get warmed up.

Here is the Set List:

Mairi's Wedding (the usual arrangement)

Boil Em Cabbage Down:  Opening Potatoes (4)
                                          Play tune 2X
                                          Sing 1X (boil em cabbage down down, bake them biscuits brown brown,                  
                                                        the only tune I ever did learn was boil em cabbage down down)
                                         Play tune 2X

Isaac Hannah's :  Play entire tune 2X

Minor Swing:  Intro by Sandy;
                        AABA repeat entire form 3X.  On 2nd time, violins drop out for Shane and Kim's solos.
                        On last time through the final A part, we end with the rhythmic pattern:
                        We Are Ending the song ( on Am).

Hangu from Podoloy into Freylachs from Podoloy:

2 X through Hangu starting quietly on A part and building then right into Freylachs.
2X through Freylachs slowing a little at the end.

Please call or email if you have any questions about this list.

Let's have a great show, and do invite your friends.

It's daylight saving's time!!

Thanks to all for your time and support!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Onlies benefit contradance, Sun. March 9th 2pm @ O Space

Invite your friends and family to the contradance of the year!  Featuring Seattle's hottest youth string group, the Onlies, and benefiting folk music programs for youth on Vashon, this is an event not to be missed.

Open Space welcomes The Onlies to Vashon, headlining a Benefit Performance for RISK and RISK Jr.
As a venue that loves music, arts education, and joyful gatherings, we are thrilled to welcome The Onlies, RISK and RISK Jr. to our stage! This Benefit Performance will feature RISK and RISK Jr. opening the show. Over 25 Vashon kids and adults will take the stage to perform. Then, The Onlies will bring their amazing music and spirit, with a concert and dance sure to bring smiles to every face and a spring to every step. Larry Muir will call the dance portion of the afternoon.

The Onlies play original and traditional fiddle-driven music, with Celtic, old-time American, and Canadian roots. Members Leo Shannon, Riley Calcagno, and Samantha Braman are Garfield High School (Seattle) sophomores who've literally played together since they were two years old. Singing and playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and piano, they have developed a strong fan base throughout the Pacific Northwest, performing concerts, dances, restaurants, and pubs from Port Townsend to Palo Alto, CA. The Onlies have just finished their first full-length album, "Setting Out to Sea." The CD features six original songs and tunes, plus traditional and contemporary selections

Proceeds from the event will go towards the RISK Scholarship Fund, which supports music lessons and instrument rentals for low-income kids.