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Old-Time String Band Class at Walker Creek Camp-April 7-10

David Bragger will be teaching the Old-Time String Band class at the Walker Creek Music Camp on April 7-10. He will also be teaching two additional old-time fiddle classes including his Will Adam: African American Fiddler class.

This class is designed for musicians who are interested in having a foot-stomping, great old time while learning to play tunes/songs from the great canon of old-time music. We’ll focus on some classic square dance tunes as well as some obscure bluesy pieces. We’ll also focus on the pulse and downbeat that makes this music so danceable and mesmerizing. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, basses, singers all welcome, also those fringe instruments such as ukuleles and autoharps.

Prerequisites: Students should have basic knowledge of their instrument, the ability to tune their instrument, a handful of common chords (guitar, mandolin) and know how to play some classic old-time tunes.

Bring: a recording device and a list of tunes that you know.

David Bragger is a performer and teacher of old-time music on a variety of early American stringed instruments. He is a world-renowned fiddle instructor who teaches workshops and private lessons around the globe. David is the director of the prestigious Old-Time String Band Ensemble in the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department. He is also the artistic director of the Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and a producer/workshop coordinator for the Los Angeles Old-Time Social. David is also the founder of the Old-Time Tiki Parlour where he documents the greatest living musicians of traditional American music for the premier old-time label Tiki Parlour Recordings. We are pleased to welcome David to our staff for the first time.

The Tiki Parlour Welcomes Howard Rains as Graphic Artist/Painter


We are so proud to have Howard Rains on the team. It’s a strong belief of ours that all of our contributors are steeped in the traditions of old-time music or folk art. Howard covers both territories! He and his wife Tricia Spencer have also recently released the critically acclaimed DVD & CD Set “The Spotted Pony” through Tiki Parlour Recordings!

Howard Rains is an artist and fiddler from Texas now residing in Lawrence, Kansas whose artwork and graphic design have been brought in to the Tiki Parlour fold. As much known for his fiddling as his painting, the New York Times has called Howard “an authority on old Texas-style fiddling.” Having worked as a graphic designer for many years, Howard now travels, performs, teaches, and records with his wife and art and music collaborator, Tricia Spencer.

As an artist, Howard Rains, for the most part, paints portraits and still lifes in watercolor and he is known largely for his portraits of old time musicians. The drawings are always done from life while sitting across from master musicians–listening and learning from them. Howard’s goals in painting and music are very much in line with those of the Tiki Parlour, to document and preserve our rich, living community of traditional music.