Hope this link works: Roaring Jelly - Ceilidh at the Round House, Evanston, Wyoming, June 18, 2010
After we were selected to be one of the regional bands playing here and had two performances scheduled, one late morning Friday, and one Saturday afternoon, they e-mailed us and asked if we could also do the opening entertainment on Friday morning at 9:30, and play a dance workshop at 10:30, since one of their acts had cancelled. We said sure - you know the old adage about fools rushing in
The above video was our opening. Martin the lead fiddler played the solo strathspey Braes of Castle Grant, Sky our 17-year-old started the reel set with Red Haired Boy, then Bette (whistle/drum), Gordon (octave mandolin), Cathy (guitar) and yours truly on keyboard joined for another Red Haired Boy, and Soldiers Joy/Whiskey Before Breakfast. I played melody with the fiddles the second time thru Soldiers Joy.
We were in the restored machine shop here, so things are a little echo-ey, but it was a beautiful venue. There were also vendors in this building, so we all got our T-shirts with a list of bands on the back. It's really quite fun to share a billing with Old Blind Dogs and Molly's Revenge
The dance workshop was outside on a plaza between the machine shop and the partially restored round house, and then we were back in the machine shop for our regularly scheduled performance.
Molly's Revenge with vocalist Moira Smiley played the feature concert Friday night. Their band grew out of a session in California ten years ago. I had thoughts of claiming "oldest musician with a band" status, but their guitar player had me beat by 6 months. The vocalist and their highland bagpipes player had a "dueling banjos" set, and we all agreed the vocalist won. She was amazing.
On Saturday we played outside on the plaza again, and it wasn't exactly a storm, but when we played a tune called The Gale it was entirely appropriate. At one point the wind blew the guitar player's well-anchored sheet music off the stand, and the sound guy caught it, leaned over the stage holding it up, and said "can you see it from here?" Above and beyond the call of duty. The wind was so bad going from Laramie to Evanston on Thursday as I drove up that my gas mileage dropped from 42 mpg on other legs of the trip to 28
Old Blind Dogs played the headline concert Saturday night, and they were terrific. They're from Aberdeen, Scotland, and tour the US a couple of times a year. This time they played Los Alamos, NM, where our band is based, last Friday night. They recognized our T-shirts
There were sessions with all the musicians after both headline concerts, but I was so pooped Saturday I didn't go to that one. But getting to play music with musicians of the caliber of Old Blind Dogs and Molly's Revenge was a highlight.
Someone in the non-classical forum here at PW asked how far people would be willing to go for a gig, and I replied that I had put 2000 miles on my car this last week
It was a great gig for us - we did our two originally planned sets on Friday, then took the best and some of the tunes we didn't get to and made up a set for Saturday. Just doing the arrangements for that many sets really upped our game, and the music is great fun.
I think we have a couple of months off, and we're planning a gig at the restaurant where we do St. Pat's sometime in early fall. I think we have some new folks coming to play (the six of us that went to Wyoming are only half of our regulars) so there'll be some changes, but we've come a long ways in 10 years