Here’s a video that showcases a remarkable musician and a powerful strand of old-time music that many Americans know little about. Master Métis fiddler Jamie Fox spent a week at the Parlour filming, teaching and performing. This also marks the beginning of a new project for Tiki Parlour Recordings that will come together over the course of the next year. Enjoy the video and pictures!
On Sunday, Jan. 13th, 2019 we are offering one of the rarest and most special fiddle workshops we’ve ever hosted…
The Tiki Parlour is proud to announce a fiddle workshop/potluck/jam with one of the premier voices in the traditional Métis fiddling of Montana. Only 15 seats available for this workshop, so RSVP immediately.
This workshop will explore the Métis (Native American) fiddle styles of North America, particularly of Montana. We will cover tunes that are “crooked” (free-metered) reels and will focus on the Métis duck dances (tuning the fiddle AEAC# and these particular tunes work great for playing for square dances). We will learn traditional tunes, working on bowing, ornamentation that makes the Métis rhythm unique. All tunes will be taught by ear. Students are encouraged to bring a recording device.
Jamie Fox is a Métis fiddler of the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes. She grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation of Northern Montana where she was immersed in a lively fiddle and dance tradition in the community. The tunes and dancing played there derive from a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures – local Saturday night dances were a positive bridge in the racial divide of what it meant to grow up on the reservation and be mixed blood.
Potluck Lunch: Noon on Sunday, January 13th.
Fiddle Workshop: 1:00
Old-Time Jam with Jamie Fox & Friends of the Parlour: 3:00
Workshop Donation: $40
Jamie Fox is one of the most coveted and well-known young
players of the Métis fiddle music, which grew out of a mixture of
Celtic, French, and Native American cultures.
When Jamie was five she used to go around and make like she
was a fiddle player. A fiddle came to her that Christmas. The
Michif tradition of fiddle playing on the Fort Belknap
Reservation was on its last legs just as Jamie and her brother
Vince fell in love with the tunes. Old Fatty Morin was still
around, and the Doney Brothers were still playing, but that was
about it. Jamie and her brother Vince, through their love of the
Michif tunes, brought a new healing to an old discord between
cultural sectors of the tribal society. As word got out, others on
the reservation and along the Montana Hi-Line were incredibly
enthused to see youngsters taking on a music that was in
jeopardy of vanishing.
Jamie has been fortunate to play with master traditional Métis
fiddlers Jimmie LaRocque and Mike Page of the Turtle
Mountain reservation, Johnny Arcand of Saskatoon, and Fatty
Morin in Montana. Additionally, she has been mentored by
Métis elder Al Wiseman of Choteau, an archivist of Michif
fiddle tunes. Although having expanded musical interests, and
learning numerous tunes and styles from many traditions, her
experience with elder Métis fiddlers is exceptional and singular.
Those old-style, customary example, traditional-lineage players
firmly root Jamie in the Métis tradition deep into the 19th
century. Coming from within the tradition themselves, she
represents the continuance of this generation maintaining a style
and repertoire that dates back to the fur trade era of the 17th
century and the first generation of European and Aboriginal
mixing in the upper reaches of the North American continent.
Rafe Stefanini’s blistering old-time fiddling and David Bragger’s burly banjo playing make this one of the most anticipated duet recordings of the year. Recorded at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour, this CD features 17 tracks of mesmerizing fiddle/banjo duets sourced from early traditional masters such as Y.Z. Hamilton, Clyde Davenport, Cush Holston, Esker Hutchins, French Carpenter, Wade Ward, Delbert Hughes, Narmour & Smith, Fred Cockerham, John Salyer and more!
This album showcases the mastery and prowess of one of old-time’s finest fiddling super powers. It is also the first album that features old-time musician David Bragger exclusively on clawhammer, 2-finger and 3-finger banjo.
The CD contains a 16-page booklet showcasing dense historical background for every tune, instrument tunings, artwork and photographs. The artwork is by Tiki Parlour veteran artist Angelina Elise and the graphic design is by famed folk artist and Texas fiddler Howard Rains. (This CD will ship at the beginning of December 2018!)
“Holy Smoke” is a quirky and satisfying collection of uncommon tunes played with an infectious oldtime groove impossible to ignore. Rafe Stefanini is as commanding and skillful a country fiddler as has ever drawn a bow. He is accompanied by the ever-energetic and appropriate David Bragger with his intuitive mix of melody and rhythm. This is unapologetic music straight to the point played just like you want to hear it played. Enjoy. — Mike Compton
This is a wonderful selection of rare tunes expertly played. Even the few you may think you’ve heard, well — you haven’t heard ‘em the way Rafe and David play them. Rafe delivers tune after uniquely crafted tune, all worthy of his reputation as one of the great fiddlers of his generation, and David’s masterful backup on banjo suits each to a “T.” — Brad Leftwich
“This is no ordinary collection of old-time tunes. Indeed this is something rather special…” — Old Time News (UK)
This CD is a KILLER-DILLER. One of the best banjo-fiddle duet records I’ve heard. Fantastic combination of drive and wit with super-duper precise musicianship. Plus very hip and unusual tunes. — Tom Piazza
Happy Holidays from the Folks at the Tiki Parlour!
Looking for “old-time” and traditional music gifts for your friends and loved ones? Each year we compile a holiday gift guide to help you out! We’ve included many new releases from the world of old-time music, some must-have classics AND items from the Tiki Parlour Catalog!These suggestions are based on recordings, books and art that we have heard and love!Feel free to send us more suggestions!
It’s a wonderful thing to support traditional artists!
Enjoy a vintage cocktail at your next old-time jam with an official “Banjo” Tiki Mug! The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is obsessively dedicated to the preservation and promotion of folk art and folk music. We jumped at the chance to work with artist/musician Tyson Graham to design authentic tiki mugs with old-time flare!
Each Tiki Parlour mug is hand made in the foothills of North Carolina by potter and musician Tyson Graham. The mugs are wheel thrown, decorated with slips, and screen printed with the Tiki Parlour banjo. These vintage style Tiki mugs feature the logo designed by fiddler/animator Nick Bachman. These tiki mugs are crafted in the style of the great vintage tiki mugs from the 40s and 50s. All profits go to Tyson Graham and towards future Tiki Parlour releases.
Tyson Graham uses colorful redware ceramics to depict the seasonal variations of life and nature in the foothills of Western North Carolina. Working primarily with gas fired red earthenware and slip decoration, he creates functional, hand painted pots adorned with flowers, birds, leaves, trees, as well as musical instruments. By decorating large numbers of pots serially, with fluid brushwork and quick sgraffito (scratching through the clay to create lines), he pushes patterns to the point of abstraction. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina and apprenticed under Claude Graves of Little Mountain Pottery. Outside of the studio, he enjoys playing Old Time music and backpacking the trails of Appalachia. Tyson is currently based at Little Mountain Pottery in Polk County, NC.