The UCSB Performance Ensemble Of Hill-Billy Music, in a program February 20, 2008. (James Wimmer, Barbara Taylor, Jared Stein, Philip
Murphy, Sean Anderson, Tim Cooley, Erin Putnam, Peter Feldmann,
John McDonnel, Justin Charbonneau, and Scott Burkall.)
I’ve been having a great time playing music with a group of students at UCSB under the auspices of the Ethnomusicology Department. We’ve been learning about the music by performing it, and having a great time to boot. Today, we gave a 50 minute show complete with lots of banjo – fiddle tunes, a Baptist lined-out hymn, play party songs, ballads, a couple of country blues songs and a nice gospel quartet. The weather was forecast to be rainy, but though there was some wind, we managed to get the sun to make an appearance as well. As you can see, we had trios of fiddles, banjos, and guitars. It would have been nice to get a jug bass in there, but no empty jugs made their appearance as of yet. The class runs into March, and perhaps we’ll get a booking elsewhere in the community, if not on American Idol.
Thanks, everyone, for all your effort.