BOB STANE SAYS: I have been trying to book Sausage Grinder for 5 years and finally got them. Let us make sure you are there and that they come back.
Sausage Grinder is Los Angeles’ classic old-time and country blues band. They combine the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends. Sausage Grinder’s performances have been described as “reminiscent of an old Mickey Mouse cartoon” and as “visceral and joyous – a blast from the past with a nod to the immediacy of the future!”
The members of Sausage Grinder: Chris Berry, guitar/banjo/vocals; David Bragger, fiddle/mandolin/banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle/banjo/washboard/vocals; Timothy Riley, jug/washboard/jaw harp/saw/bagpipes/mouth harp/mandolin/guitar/vocals; Pat Mac Swyney, tenor banjo/mandolin.
Sausage Grinder has performed at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention, the Portland Old-Time Gathering, the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest, the Los Angeles Old-Time Social and recently appeared at the Gainsborough Old-Time Festival in the United Kingdom. Members of the band have also taught workshops at many festivals including the renowned Blues Week and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Washington.
We are pleased to announce that Sausage Grinder will be performing alongside Dom Flemons, Thompsonia, Spencer & Rains and many others at the Folkworks’ Folk Roots Festival! Sausage Grinder’s David Bragger and Chris Berry will also be teaching workshops!
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019
10AM to 10PM St. John’s Presbyterian Church 11000 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
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
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.