Old-Time super group Sausage Grinder will be performing at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) on Thursday, September 27th at the Freight & Salvage along with Dom Flemons, Paul Brown and Mike Bryant! Tickets are available HERE.
Sausage Grinder members David Bragger & Susan Platz will also be teaching their popular Double Fiddle workshop on Saturday, September 29th at 3:00. Register HERE.
Sausage Grinder’s Chris Berry will be teaching a Dock Boggs Banjo Workshop the same day and time. Register HERE.
Sausage Grinder, from Los Angeles, combines the sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The members of the band are David Bragger, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle, banjo, washboard, vocals; Chris Berry, guitar, banjo, vocals; Pat MacSwyney, mandolin, tenor guitar, jug and Timothy Riley, jug, washboard, jaw harp, saw, bagpipes, mouth harp, mandolin, guitar, vocals. David is the proprietor of the Tiki Parlour label, which issues recordings and videos of old-time music, and has recorded an album of old-time fiddle duets with Susan, some of which will be included in Sausage Grinder’s concert set.
Come join us for an intimate fiddle workshop with old-time master musician Rafe Stefanini. He’ll be teaching just this one workshop during his week-long residence at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour.
Seating is limited so RSVP before it’s too late.
Rafe Stefanini has been at the forefront of the revival of traditional music from the rural south for over thirty years. His work on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is represented in over 20 CDs, both as headliner and as guest. He has been a member of such influential bands as the Wildcats, Big Hoedown, The Rockinghams and lately Jumpsteady Boys (with Bruce Molsky, Joe Newberry and Mike Compton). He has been a teacher at many music camps on fiddle, banjo and guitar. His performance DVD with Clelia Stefanini was the first release from the Old-Time Tiki Parlour.
“A lot of really great old-time musicians say Mike Bryant is their favorite contemporary fiddler. In his forty years of playing, Mike has spent countless hours sculpting the phases of fiddle music. He shapes a net of paths to travel through bowing, note choice, ornamentation and phrasing. He is able to listen to a tune and find its heart and then frame that essence within his own style.” –David Winston
Our 12th release, Bryant & Brown, is now available HERE! (We start shipping on June 22nd!)
Tennessee fiddle titan Mike Bryant has finally recorded a fiddle album with old-time genius Paul Brown on banjo. Marcia Bryant and Terri McMurray provide a powerful rhythm section for the entire album on guitar and banjo uke. Since word broke out that this CD was in the works, there’s been a roar of excitement (and disbelief) from legions of Bryant devotees in the old-time community. The CD features a 16-page booklet with photography by Paul Brown and Joseph Dejarnette. It also contains artwork by Texas fiddler Howard Rains.
This is the first CD available that features fiddle master Mike Bryant, a fiddler’s fiddler if there ever was one! Every track oozes with his heartfelt playing and inimitable bowing. He is a master of subtlety. With every listen, new secrets begin to surface. His playing on this recording will be deeply studied by many musicians and students of traditional fiddle.
We are proud to present the Old-Time String Band Weekend from the Tiki Parlour!
A weekend with three masters of fiddle and banjo hailing from Tennessee and Virginia!!
On Saturday, June 23rd at 7:30pm, Joseph Decosimo (Bucking Mules), Luke Richardson (Bucking Mules) & Cleek Schrey (Bigfoot) will be performing at Timewarp Records along with Los Angeles’ newest old-time band The SHAKYTOWN Ramblers (Nick Bachman, Pat MacSwyney, Steve Lewis and Laura Osborn!). Tickets and information HERE.
On Sunday, June 24th at 1:00, Joseph, Luke and Cleek will be teaching two workshops with a potluck in between!
–Cumberland Plateau Fiddling Workshop–1:00
In this workshop we’ll sample some rare fiddle pieces and stylings from the sandy soil of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Spanning north to south across Tennessee, the region has been home to a range of sounds—from John Sharp’s incisive, driving tunes to Oscar Overturf’s loping grooves to Blaine Smith’s swooping, squirrelly pieces. We’ll explore two or three delightful tunes drawn from the northern and southern ends of the plateau. We’ll consider the details of bowing in play. Participants will leave with a couple of tunes and a rough sense of the region’s music.
–Potluck and Old-Time Jam–2:30
–Tennessee Clawhammer and Fingerstyle Banjo Workshop–4:00
In this class we will divide our time between repertoire and right-hand refinement. Clawhammer and fingerstyles will be explored as well as tunings. Every skill level is welcome. Recording devices are strongly encouraged.
Joseph Decosimo, Luke Richardson, and Cleek Schrey explore Old-time sounds and repertoires on fiddles and banjo. This trio is the culmination of six years of collaboration between these Tennessee and Virginia natives. Composed of a Clifftop fiddle champion and two national banjo champions, the trio features members of prize-winning stringbands the Bucking Mules (Luke and Joseph) and Bigfoot (Cleek). In this project, these musicians explore the possibilities for nuance, ambiguity, and expressivity beyond the contemporary stringband sound. Drawing on their deep study of fiddle and banjos styles from Tennessee and North Carolina, they will draw listeners into uncluttered, spacious performances. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear these Southern masters!
The SHAKYTOWN Ramblers are a north Los Angeles-based Old-Time String Band performing all the hits from 19th and early 20th century rural America. Drawing from the old 78 and field recordings of long gone fiddlers, the band plays a wide spectrum of both Appalachian & Midwestern breakdowns, assorted rags and the occasional song. The SHAKYTOWN Ramblers features Nick Bachman on Fiddle; Laura Osborn on Guitar & Tin Whistle; Steve Lewis on Banjo; and Pat Mac Swyney on Mandolin & Tenor Resonator.