Join Nicole and I for a live, online, streaming concert on July 14th, 1:00pm Pacific Time. Yes, you can watch us from your own home while still in your bathrobe. $5 suggested donation, top tipper gets a banjo uke Aaron restored or crafty stuff from Nicole. http://www.stageit.com/the_quiet_american/hard_times_and_good_times/25677
Aug 17th in White Salmon, WA. Workshops, Open Mic, Cocnert, Mya-Moe Shop Tour, Local food/beer/wine! http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/ukulelePicnic.html
Very limited space available, so register before it's too late!
Hey Everybody- Here is a duet I wrote for Gordon and Char and a link to print out the tab.
You can get the tab here: http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/documents/Roxy'sWaltz.pdf
I will be teaching this piece on our west coast tour in May. Cheers!
A well written review from AmericanaUK of Wild Bill Jones:
Martin spent four days with us learning new music, jamming with the locals, playing gigs and drinking wine. Very productive. Also, we went out to Paul Lestock's shop and he picked up an Arrow octave mandolin, which you can hear on both of these vids. It was inspiring for us to have someone around who really plays the same style as us. Most of our friends in the Gorge lean towards jazz and swing more than we do. So, it was nice to just play some old time stuff for once. www.martingilmore.com
Hey Friends- Please join us for a live internet concert on April 6th at 6:00pm PST. You can watch us perform and chat with us and other fans at this site: http://www.stageit.com/the_quiet_american_and_martin_gilmore/old_timey_goodness/19822
Joining us will be Martin Gilmore, a great folk/bluegrass guy from Denver. A real treat!
One of the most exciting things about folk music is how often it changes. Dozens of singers have worked and reworked old legends like “John Henry” and “Stackalee,” freely blending fact, fiction, and myth. At every step in the process, the story moves a little further from real history, but then also comes to express deeper truths about where it’s been and where it’s going. The Quiet American’s Wild Bill Jones project, a concept album about the legendary man’s life, has a similar feel. Mixing gorgeous original compositions with traditional and contemporary ballads about love, betrayal, and death, Wild Bill Jones adds rich perspective to the familiar story, while also adding a new layer of myth to the legend. The traditional “Keys to the Kingdom” is not a boast by Jones’ defiant killer, and Daniel Johnston didn’t write “True Love Will Find You in the End” about Jones’ onetime lover Posey. But, together with stunning original works by the husband and wife duo, the selections give a remarkable subtly and complexity to an already haunting legend. As with earlier folk legends, myth and fiction can express a greater truth.Wild Bill Jones is available now through CD Baby.
Historian, musicologist, teacher, folky, traveler, hot picker, etc....His records and scholarship have been my guiding light for 10 years now. I met him once and took a lesson at his home in Virginia in 2006. The formal dining room of his old "plantation" house was full of instrument cases! We went on the back porch and spent the afternoon picking banjo together. He wouldn't take any money from me, cause the people who taught him wouldn't either. (gulp, shrug, gasp, Dock Boggs, Tom Ashley, Tommy Jarrell, etc...) In hindsight, I should have broke up my band, quit grad school and moved into his guest room with no hesitation. (would he have had room for Nicole too?)
But that didn't happen and here we are, still missing his presence, RIP. Here are some great vids of him:
I finally got around to organizing all the clawhammer ukulele videos on to one playlist. I hope this will be helpful to all of you who recently ordered the clawhammer ukulele book. Enjoy!