Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Schedule for Spring 2015 RISK Session

Here is the schedule for the next RISK session:

(Note: NO MEETING NEXT WEEK, 3/24/2015)


March 31st
April 7, 21, 28 (No meeting during Spring Break 4/14)
May 5, 12, 19

Tuition, if paid by April 7th, is $30 (includes a $5 discount), or $5 per meeting.

We will continue to have some new guest artist until May.  More on that to come....

I'm grateful for all the good energy you all bring to RISK!

Kim Thal

Monday, March 16, 2015

All Irish at RISK this St. Paddy's Day!

Our last RISK of this winter session falls on St. Patricks Day, March 17. In honor of the Green Saint, we will run through our Irish songlist, including—

(In alphabetical order but not necessarily how we'll play them)

Banish Misfortune
Bear Dance
Blackthorn Stick
Blarney Pilgram
Brose and Butter in both keys (the other one goes Em--D,  G--D)
Gravel Walk
Irish Waltz (an Old Time tune, but still Irish-y)
Isaac Hannah's
Kesh Jig
Mairi's Wedding
Salmon Tails Up the River

If you have time to practice, do a little polishing and we'll have a rockin' great time.

PS: Wear your green or prepared to get pinched.....hee hee

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jonglement Catin, from Dave Lang

Here's another great Cajun tune, given to us by Dave Lang last Wednesday, March 4, along with Melanie Solenen on cajun accordion. It's "Jonglement Catin" loosely translated as "Think of Me Sometime (or not)." I've picked it up on YouTube (see link below) as "Jonglement A Moi (which my schoolhouse French translates just exactly as "Think of Me").

At SoundCloud, I've put up Dave's several recorded tracks of the song, divided into an "All Harmonies" and individual tracks for the various violin parts. Here's the link—

The guitar part is done with chords D & A, starting with D. As is traditional with learning Cajun music, we'll just let you learn this by listening. So get out your guitar, turn on a fiddle track on SoundCloud, get going with those (as Chris Anderson called them), the "Ker-Chunks," and you'll hear where D switches to A.

And here's a YouTube of a young Jimmy Breaux with his step dad U.J. Meaux and the Happy Cajuns on the old Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler show, playing the tune. Check out that weird guitar laying on the table! (Be forewarned if you grab your guitar to play along; they've capo'ed it up a few).

I won't be with you 'all for next Tuesday. Have a great time, and I'll join you on St. Paddy's Day!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Little Gal'll Fool Me

These are the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, an Old Time string band from NE Tennessee. From them, courtesy, of Johnny & Riley Calcago last Tuesday at RISK, we gained the tune "Little Gal'll Fool Me." Here's Riley & Johnny winging through: Riley first solo, then Johnny joins in on guitar, then Riley asks to do it again—"FASTER!"

For the violins, here's the sheet music for the melody:

And here's the guitar chords:
Next week, Dave Lang and company will be back to bring us some music from Cajun country.   Eeeee-ha!