Category Archives: Fiddle

Tempest on Bound for Glory

Tempest will be on Bound for Glory tonight! This is America’s longest running folk radio show (48 years and counting). We’ll be playing our mix of fiddle tunes, swing, and blues, with Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar, Eric Metzgar on drums, Erik Stabnau on saxophone, and Abe Nouri on trombone. More on our website,

The show is broadcast live from the Cafe at Annabel Taylor Hall on the Cornell University campus. You can hear it on WVBR (93.5 FM) in Ithaca, streaming online at, or in person. Live sets are at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30pm.

Ithaca Class tunes, Fall 2015

Here’s a tune list and some recordings of some tunes we’ll be doing in class this fall. My hope is that we’ll keep adding to this – as I teach you new tunes, and as you come up with others you want to share.

If you’re newer to the class, you can also look back through these tunes here, which we worked on in classes last year.

Angeline the Baker

The Butterfly

Rathlin Bog

Fig for a Kiss

Lisa Ornstein tune

Snow Snow Snow…

My appearance at the Rochester Contra Dance on the 25th was canceled, on account of the foot and a half of snow that the region received starting that afternoon. The dance went forward anyway, with musicians who didn’t have to drive so far to get there.

Hopefully the snow will not be so bad this upcoming Sunday (March 7), when I will be returning to Rochester to play with Jane Knoeck and Rachel Bell for the English Country dance again. Nadine Dyskant-Miller, the fabulous flautist in Tunescape and Confluence, will be playing a concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra earlier in the afternoon at Eastman Theater, which is two blocks from the English Country Dance. Come hear her fabulous music as well!

Closer to home, the O’Shanigans are playing at the Friday contra dance in Ithaca on March 5th. The dance starts at 8pm, and there’s a waltz jam before the dance, starting at 7pm. The ever popular “To Be Announced” is calling; I guess we’ll find out who it is when we show up…

Thank-you Dance Flurry!

The Dance Flurry was amazing! I’m so glad I got to perform at it, since it would have been amazing just go to it to jam, dance, and hang out there. Thank-you Barb and Nadine for inviting me to join you! Also, thanks to all of the wonderful folks who I got to dance and play in sessions with.

This weekend the O’Shanigans bring their rollicking energy to Binghamton on Saturday for an early contra dance at 7pm. I’ll also be playing with Jane Knoeck and Rachel Bell for the Rochester English Country dance on Sunday, which starts even earlier at 6:30. Also on the horizon is another performance with Confluence, at the Rochester contra dance on the 25th.

Tunescape stops in central New York

Tunescape will be playing several places in central New York this weekend. After hitting the Ithaca Contra Dance on Friday night (Feb 5), we’re heading to a school gig up in the vicinity of Watertown on Saturday (I’m not sure if this is public—if it is, I’ll update this post with more information), before winding up with the Syracuse Contra Dance on Saturday evening (Feb 6). Be sure to catch one of these gigs; our next dance in northern/central New York isn’t until March!