Day 4 @ Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp


Today was one of those days that I’ll remember . . . not so much because of camp (though today was a fun day), but because I was at camp.  Specifically, I was in the parking lot when I heard the knews that Michael Jackson passed away.  While heading home at midnight after a full day and 4hrs of sleep, I gave myself a healthy dose of Thriller and Off the Wall for company.  I think the cops who were strategically placed to intercept speeders at my second to last turn towards home could hear me singing to “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough.”

Casey’s Camp Jam Hour

Old Joe Clark (A)Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys - Bill Monroe: Anthology - Old Joe Clark
Clinch Mountain Backstep (A)Ralph Stanley - The Very Best of Ralph Stanley - Clinch Mountain Backstep
Swallowtail Jig (Em)Inisheer - Live Traditions - Swallowtail Jig
Ashokan Farewell (D)Jay Ungar - Songs of the Civil War - Ashokan Farewell
Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)Bobby Hicks - Fiddle Patch - Whiskey Before Breakfast
Salt Creek (A)Tony Rice - Guitar - Salt Creek
St. Anne’s Reel (D)David Crow - As the Crow Flies - St. Anne's Reel

Teaching: Repertoire (Slightly oddball tunes of the modernish variety)

Intermediate Class:
• Land’s End (D) by Tim O’Brien.  3 part jig with an intricate 3rd part.  Long been one of my favorites and beginning to surface in jam circles.

Advanced Class:
• Up on the High Road (Em) by Tim O’Brien.  2 part tune with lyrics.  It’s a haunting melody with very interesting chord changes.  There are also lyrics though we didn’t tackle singing.

• Big Country (E) by Béla Fleck.  AABA tune with very lyrical (and at times syncopated) melody…not your standard 4/4 fiddle tune. Great harmonic movement to accompany a more flowing melody.

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