Mudcat Café message #987003 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61355   Message #987003
Posted By: GUEST,sorefingers
20-Jul-03 - 11:46 AM
Thread Name: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Subject: RE: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Can't say I know much, can't say I know a lot either!

Henry The Fiddler ..haw haw haw Last I seen Henry he was playing Celtic in a beer hall!

BG is popular among old folks who sit in foldups at festivals, stone faced and bored to death with the nth rendition of Orange Blossom Special played by some litte twirp on fiddle- who along with his folks thinks that he is freakin Pagininni. They say that in a crowd of 1000 BG fans you can see 500 feet tapping and 3 theeth clacking - but what would I know ...lol

OT is popular among happy helpers and the partying beer swillin young folks of the Midwest. They still gather to hear the great bands of the time. They do not sit in foldups, often at daytime meets I see lots of kids running about, and laughter is not a crime! Visitors to the USA may like to learn that most OT meets are not advertised, more likely they will be a sideshow at a Renaisance Fare or some other attraction.

The comment about players playing in the same key tells me either the writers are lying or the musicians are learning/mean/idiots or something. In double C tuning I can play in F and G without too much hassle. Fiddlers who say they cant switch key are lying!