Winter 2018 Issue

2018: Oly Old Time Festival Schedule

Concerts, Shows, and Dances
South Bay Grange

Thursday Night Kick-off Dance (2/15)

7pm – 10pm            South Bay Grange
            Band:            The Bow Weevils         

            Caller:           Kelsey Nelsen

Saturday Family Dance (2/17)

2pm – 3pm               Downtown Oly – First Christian Church
           Band:              The REDS

          Caller:              Paul Silveria

Friday Night Events (2/16)

Saturday Night Dance (2/17)

 5pm – 6pm              Lounge Acts – South Bay Grange
                                   Misty Mountain Pony Club

7pm – 10pm             Main Concert – South Bay Grange
                                    Brograss
                                    Spencer & Rains 
                                    Riley Baugus & Sabra Guzman

10pm – Midnight     Late Night Square Dance
                                    South Bay Grange

                     Band:     High Waisted Ramblers

                    Caller:     Gabe Strand


Sunday Cabaret (2/18)

 5pm – 7pm               Lounge Acts – South Bay Grange
                                    Hawkproof Rooster
                                    Crow Valley Stringband 

7pm – 10pm              Main Square Dance – South Bay Grange
           Band:               Spencer & Rains & Friends

          Caller:               Maggie Lind

10pm – Midnight     Late-night Honky Tonk Dance
                                    South Bay Grange

                     Band:      Misty Mountain Pony Club
                                                           

​1pm – 3pm     South Bay Grange
Our traditional close-out of the weekend festivities. The Cabaret is open to anyone and we get a mix of festival performers, instructors, participants, and kids. If you’ve never been you’re missing out, and if you have attended, well then, you know what we mean. A sign up sheet is  usually floating around the registration table all weekend. Amazing things happen when we open ourselves up to possibilities!!


Workshop Schedule (all workshops are free!)

Workshop Location: Downtown Olympia at First Christian Church
Click HERE for directions to workshop venue

​Brown = Especially Kid Friendly

*All workshops run for 1 hour unless otherwise noted*

Friday (2/16) Workshops

Saturday (2/17) Workshops

12 Noon – 5pm
12 Noon – 5pm


12pm – 2pm (2-hour workshop)
Make a Crankie (all levels)
Church
– 
Koinonia Hall
Emily Teachout / Shanty Slater
Crankies are basically fiddle tunes illustrated on paper or fabric and cranked on a spool so that they roll by in time to the music. We will demonstrate a crankie we’ve made and then we will make one together. Maybe we’ll even perform it at some point during the weekend. Bring yourself and your creativity. We’ll have all the crankie makings.

12pm – 1pm
Absolute Beginner Clawhammer Banjo
Church
 Upstairs

Paul Silveria
Bring (or borrow!) a banjo and learn the fundamentals of the clawhammer playing style. I’ll focus on the mechanics of the right hand playing technique, breaking it into simple steps, and providing individual help with any tricky parts. I’ll go over just enough left hand stuff to keep beginners interested and playing. This workshop is great for absolute beginners with no string instrument experience, as well as three-finger banjo players and other string players who want to try out clawhammer banjo.


1pm – 2pm
Beginning Guitar
Church
 – Library

Ella Korth
In this beginning guitar workshop you’ll recieve tips on everything from how to hold the pick to ways to improve tone. Ella will go over basic chords and strumming patterns. Bring a guitar and don’t forget your pick!

1pm – 2pm
Fun Fiddle Tunes in GDGD (repertoire)
Church
 – Upstairs

Charlie and Nancy Hartness
This will mainly be a repertoire session of their current Cross G favorites, which will include tunes that are traditionally played in this tuning (or in Cross A), as well as a few that aren’t usually played crossed, but still fall nicely under the fingers. If there is time and folks are interested, Nancy and Charlie will teach a tune.


2pm – 3pm
Southern Appalachian Clawhammer Banjo (intermediate)
Church – Koinonia Hall
Riley Baugus
Techniques, Tips and Tricks, helpful for improving your clawhammer banjo playing. In this workshop, we’ll focus on some good technique, while learning a tune for context. We’ll also look at a couple of very helpful tunings, which can make it easier when playing in situations with lots of tuning changes. Riley’s basic style is the Round Peak Style from Surry County, NC. This workshop is good for advanced beginners, intermediates, and advanced intermediates, however all are welcome, as long as they feel they can some knowledge to help improve their playing.

2pm – 3pm
Flatpick Guitar (all levels)
Church – Library
Kaj Litch
Kaj will teach a bluegrass tune and go over basic flatpicking technique. The workshop will be suitable to all levels, even with limited flatpicking experience. If people with more experience show up Kaj will explain how to approach soloing over the tune.

2pm – 3pm
Seconding on the Fiddle (all levels)
Church – Upstairs
Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains
Tricia and Howard will unlock the mysteries of their double fiddle sound with Tricia breaking down the seconding parts. Seconding on the fiddle allows a fiddler to focus on bowing and learn tunes more quickly. All experience levels and all instruments welcome.


3pm – 5pm (2-hour workshop)
Shape Note Singing (all levels)
Church
 – 
Koinonia Hall
Marla Elliott
Shapenote singing is an uninterrupted two-hundred-year-old tradition of American vocal harmony.  It is also called “Sacred Harp” singing after its best-known tunebook.  Sung a capella, in four parts, and LOUD, shapenote singing has been called “gospel-punk”.  The tradition includes a highly democratic and inclusive social structure.

3pm – 4pm
Cajun Fiddle (intermediate)
Church
 – Library

Lisa Ornstein
“Empty Bottle Stomp” is a great modal crossed-tuned classic from Wallace “Cheese” Reed–it’s a perfect crossover tune for old-time fiddlers who would like to venture into Cajun country and put some tabasco on their grits.

3pm – 4pm
Old Time Backup Guitar (all levels)
Church
 – Upstairs

Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains
This workshop will be all about the big BOOM and the little chuck, listening for chord choices, playing bass runs, and keeping time. We will learn about mid-west back up style and will talk about the important, yet often overlooked, role of the guitar player in old time and discuss how to assess a session so that your backup is right for the jam at hand. We’ll also explore a bit of Howard’s unique approach to finger picking that he learned from his dad. All instruments and all experience levels welcome.

3pm – 4pm
Singing
Church
 – Main Sanctuary (all levels)

Sabra Guzman
Tricks, tips and tools on how to become a better singer. There’s many paths on how to find your own singing voice, so we’ll concentrate on how to improve habits, practices and form to aid in making your own style blossom.


4pm – 5pm
Melodic Variations in Old Time Music (intermediate)
Church – Library
Tony Mates
This is not about big hairy improvisations at all; it’s about the little changes, here and there, that give your playing more life. We’ll look more at the left hand rather than the spending a lot of time on bowing. We will do some listening, and some playing. For intermediate fiddlers, mostly, but all are welcome.

4pm – 5pm
Singing While You Fiddle (intermediate)
Church – Upstairs
Maggie Neatherlin
Maggie will take a familiar old time tune and share tips and techniques for singing while you’re fiddling.

12pm – 1pm
Kid Jam (beginner)
Church – Koinonia Hall
Maggie Neatherlin
Maggie will lead a kid-oriented jam with familiar tunes. All acoustic instruments welcome. The instructors will help all interested youngsters participate and will be backed up by some of the regular participants in the monthly Olympia Kids Jam.

12pm – 1pm
Mandolin Tunes and Techniques (all levels)
Church – Library 
Jack Dwyer
We’ll learn an old-time fiddle tune – taught by ear, phrase by phrase – and cover some useful tips on picking technique that will help you play cleaner and more rhythmically.

12pm – 1pm
Calico Tunes on Fiddle (intermediate)
Church – Upstairs 
Sally Jablonsky
Sally will teach a crooked fiddle tune in Calico tuning (AEAC#), with an emphasis on bowing technique. All skill levels welcome, but it will be geared toward people who know a handful of tunes, and can learn by ear. Fiddles, and mandolins welcome! Bring a recording device.

12pm – 1pm
A Visit with the Old Folks (all levels)
Church – Main Sanctuary
Brendan Doyle
Take a trip back in time as Brendan shares field recordings, photos, and stories from his visits over the years with Tommy Jarrell, Melvin Wine, Luther Davis, the Hammons Family, Wilson Douglas, and other traditional old-time musicians.


1pm – 2pm
All Ages Dance (all levels)
Church – Koinonia Hall
The REDS with Professor Banjo calling
This is a square dance that is especially geared towards inclusion of youngsters. Professor Banjo (aka Paul Silveria) will lead us through a set of slightly simpler dances with the goal of having everyone included and having fun. The REDS will provide the tunes.

1pm – 2pm
Mandolin (intermediate)
Church – Library
Tashi Litchi
Tashi will teach basic left and right hand technique, essential chord shapes and talk about backing up different kinds of tunes and songs on mandolin

1pm – 2pm
Old Time Fiddle (intermediate)
Church – Upstairs
Lisa Ornstein
Tommy Jarrell’s take on Cluck Old Hen is enough to make you shake your tailfeathers and start cackling. This cross-tuned A tune has it all– lots of blues, left-hand pizzicato, and drive to spare.

1pm – 2pm
Apalachian Singing (all levels)
Church – Main Sanctuary
Riley Baugus
Being from an area of the country rich in ballad and mountain church singing traditions, Riley will lead the workshop in singing some ballads and lined-out songs from the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. All are welcome, regardless of singing experience or perceived singing ability.


2pm – 3pm
Take a Trip to Ukulelia (all levels)
Church – Koinonia
Charlie and Nancy Hartness
We’ll check tuning, quickly review the basic chords in the Keys of C, G, D, A and F, then we’ll play and sing a few songs together. We’ll work on getting a solid, steady, percussive strum that will fit the groove when playing in music sessions. Please bring a uke in good playing condition, tuned GCEA.

2pm – 3pm
Old Time Guitar (all levels)
Church – Library
Patrick Lind
Let’s play bass and drums at the same time! Oh wait that’s old time guitar. While this workshop may go in any direction the attending musicians wish, it is likely that we will spend time on fun and functional bass runs in various keys. I’ll play fiddle for context and we can break down and practice small guitar parts as much as everybody desires. This format works well for a variety of ability levels.

2pm – 4pm (2-hour workshop)
Fiddle Tunes from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas (repertoire)
Church – Upstairs
Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains
Old Time Fiddle Tunes from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Tricia & Howard will teach fiddle tunes from the deep well of their repertoire of old time tunes from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas in this special, two-hour workshop. These are older and more archaic tunes than are typically thought as being from Texas and the midwest. All instruments welcome.

2pm – 3pm
Singing (repertoire)
Church – Main Sanctuary
Sabra Guzman
Let’s take some songs home with us! We’ll sing an array of old time and classic country songs to add to your repertoire. Chords for guitar will also be included in the printouts. Let’s sing!


3pm – 4pm
Partner Dancing (all levels)
Church – Koinonia Hall
Jack Dwyer
An intro to partner dancing for beginners and regulars alike. We’ll cover all the basic steps you’ll see out on the dancefloor, how to be better in your role as lead or follow, and some general do’s and don’ts.

3pm – 4pm
Clawhammer Banjo (intermediate)
Church – Library
Ella Korth
Ella will go over double thumbing and places to use it. You’ll also explore different tunings, and melodic and rhythm styles.

3pm – 4pm
Upright Bass (intermediate)
Church – Main Sanctuary
Eugene Jablonsky
Eugene will present an acoustic bass workshop on how to use the notes that are in between G, C and D. He will also teach techniques for playing energetic bass lines with less physical effort. Eugene will answer all your questions, if they are not about huge life decisions.


4pm – 5pm
Spoons (all levels)
Church – Upstairs
Milo Krims
Have you ever been eating cereal, hot or cold, or perhaps some soup, and the smooth cool feel of the utensil brings to mind an urge to use that spoon in a musical way? Well come on over to the spoons as an instrument workshop!!! Milo will be showing to you how to hold your spoons comfortably, keep rhythm, and even play a handful of tunes along with some fiddle tunes. Spoons will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

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