Friday, January 30, 2015

CTO … Sue Wilson & Betsy Kraus Will Play for Chocolate!

That's right … Sue Wilson and Betsy Kraus are THE Bake-Off Band! For 15+ years they've provided sweet tunes for the enjoyment of those satisfying their sweet tooth at the annual Chatham County Council on Aging's Chocolate Cake & Cheesecake Bake-Off.

Enjoy the music AND the winning cakes while supporting programs and services for older adults. $5 for adults ($3 for kids) gets you a plateful of samples from all the winning cakes, plus a glass of milk or a cup of coffee to wash it all down!

Be sure to bring a few extra dollars to purchase a cake to take home. After the cutting of the champion cakes takes place, the real fun begins. The rest of the cakes are auctioned off! Here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is. Buying chocolate for a good cause is a good thing, right? Believe me, there are no "losers" in this cake display!

Check This Out … Just the facts!

What:  27th annual Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake Bake-Off
When:  Sunday, February 8, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Where:  Eastern Senior Center, 365 Highway 87 N, Pittsboro
Why:  To benefit Chatham County Council on Aging
Who: Sue & Betsy are playing music, but we need YOU to make this event successful

Are you a baker? Register now! Bakers who would like to enter their favorite chocolate cake or cheesecake should do so no later than Wednesday, February 4th, 5pm. Click on the link above for more details.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday's Muse

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.  ~ Jack London

Friday, January 23, 2015

CTO … Enquiring Minds Need to Know, "What's in Marya's New Book!"

After my recent mid-week post appeared (Marya Katz Releases New Book of Hammered Dulcimer Arrangements) folks were asking - and I bet you're wondering … 61 tunes? What are they?!

Check This Out … The index of tunes from Marya Katz's newest compilation of tunes, Dulcimations VII, appears below. The book is full of (mostly) traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, breakdowns, songs, marches, waltzes, etc - arranged in 2-parts for hammered dulcimer - with lots of interesting notes about the tunes.

The work has been done! Get your friends together and start playing!

PS … Look for Marya Katz at the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival . She'll be teaching the beginners, getting them off to a good start!

Alphabetical Index of Tunes
(Dulcimations VII, Marya Katz)
  1. A Bottle of Wine and a Ginger Cake
  2. Ale is Dear
  3. Bannocks o’ Barley Meal
  4. Behind the Bush in the Garden
  5. Bile Them Cabbage Down
  6. Bottom of the Punchbowl
  7. Broad Run Picnic
  8. Buttered Peas
  9. Carolan’s Draught
  10. Chicken Reel
  11. Connelly’s Ale
  12. Drops of Brandy
  13. Drunk At Night, Dry in the Morning(in G) 
  14. Drunken Sailor’s Hornpipe
  15. Eat, Drink, and ... Be Merry!
  16. Farewell to Whiskey
  17. Fat Back Meat and Dumplings
  18. Feed Her Candy and Tell Her Lies
  19. Good For the Tongue
  20. Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part
  21. Haste to the Wedding
  22. Hunting the Buffalo
  23. Johnny, Johnny, Don’t Get Drunk
  24. Juice of Barley
  25. Kiss the Bride
  26. Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl
  27. Last Night’s Fun
  28. Little Brown Jug
  29. Little Burnt Potato
  30. Lizard Candy
  31. Meals on Wheels
  32. Merry Mountain Hoedown
  33. Merry Night at Tumble Brig
  34. Miss Ford Dances
  35. Moses, Hoe Your Corn
  36. Mug of Brown Ale
  37. Paddy, Won’t You Drink the Cider?
  38. Peas in the Pot
  39. Piece of Chicken and Cornbread
  40. Polly Put the Kettle On
  41. Reel des Onions
  42. Rum and Onions
  43. Saturday Night Breakdown
  44. Soppin’ the Gravy
  45. Stay All Night
  46. Stool of Repentance
  47. Sugar in My Coffee
  48. Sweet Milk and Peaches
  49. The Bottle of Brandy
  50. The Cup of Tea
  51. The Drunken Wives of Fochabers
  52. The Grand Picnic
  53. The Parting Glass
  54. The Roast Beef of Old England
  55. The Tipsy Sailor
  56. The Wine Testers
  57. Tripping up the Stairs
  58. Welcome Whiskey Back Again
  59. What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?
  60. When Sick is it Tea You Want?
  61. Whiskey Before Breakfast

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Marya Katz Releases New Book of Hammered Dulcimer Arrangements

This past Monday I attended Marya Katz's all-day workshop called, "A Toast to the Table" or "Eat, Drink, and be Merry!" in which she taught tune arrangements from her newly self-published book, Dulcimations VII. The tunes in the new book (61 in all) have titles related somehow to food and drink and having fun with friends. Sounds inviting, doesn't it?

The really fun thing about these arrangements is they are designed to be played with a friend! Each tune has been arranged as a duet … one person plays the tune, the other plays a harmony line or a rhythmic backup. Each part in itself is not too complex, but together they create a beautiful sound.

Suggested chord progressions are included, and while Marya's arrangements have been written with hammered dulcimer players in mind, they would be appropriate for other instruments as well. Perhaps you have a friend who plays the dulcimer ... or the recorder, or the guitar, or something else. You've been thinking it would be fun to try playing some music together, but you don't know where to start. This book gives you that starting place.

Playing music with friends is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things I do for fun. I encourage everyone to find a music buddy and start having fun!

Bonus:  It's a sure way to give your playing a boost!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday's Muse

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Forbidden Fruit Creates Many Jams

Ha ha! Got your attention! I found that bit of wisdom in my fortune cookie a few weeks ago.

No forbidden fruit here, but did you know that there is a slow jam scheduled once a month in Cary? I tend to assume that everyone knows about these things, only to be surprised that I am wrong!

The jam is designed for beginning to intermediate players … a great place to pick up new tunes, work on ear training, practice common repertoire with others, share ideas, try playing backup, meet new friends, and just have fun playing music! While it is especially intended for hammered dulcimer players, other acoustic instruments are welcome.

Here are the details:
  • Held the 2nd Sunday of each month, 2:00 - 4:00pm
  • Community of Christ Church, 912 W Chatham Street, Cary, NC
  • Viola Suddaby is the facilitator
Just missed the January meeting ... but why not put this on your calendar as you make plans to improve your playing in the new year?

Here are the dates for the next three months:
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
Contact Viola with questions or to be added to the email list.
Don't know what a jam is? Read this blog post from October 9, 2014 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday's Muse

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
~ Victor Hugo

Monday, January 5, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

CTO … Yes, it's January! Get Ready for Marya Katz's MLK Day Workshop

We have turned the calendar page and mid-January will be here before you know it! What better way to start the year than to attend a day-long dulcimer workshop?
Check This Out …  Marya Katz will continue her traditional offering of a day-long hammer dulcimer workshop in Winston Salem on Martin Luther King day. This year's topic will be "A Toast to the Table" (or "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry") - presenting a collection of duets for hammer dulcimer friends to play together.

I can't wait to catch up with friends and spend the day playing music. Won't you grab a friend (or two) and join me for an enjoyable day of music under the Marya's expert guidance? Here's the scoop:

MLK Monday, January 19, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm
College Park Baptist Church
Winston-Salem, NC

Fee: $50 pre-registration, $60 at the door
Includes lunch

Marya will send lead sheets out in January to all who have pre-registered.

To register, email Terry Lefler or Marya Katz.