String Academy of the Plains Residency
Many thanks to our hosts Priscilla and Gordon Hallberg of the String Academy of the Plains for organizing a wonderful weekend of workshops, performances, and dancing with Run Boy Run. Here are a few pictures of our four day residency in Garden City and highlights from the weekend.
Demonstration at Garden City High School auditorium for their music classes
For thirty minutes, we performed for the band, choir, and orchestra classes at Garden City High School. In addition to talking about our instruments, traditional music, and our songwriting, we performed the following songs:
"Get Up Jake"
"Train on the Island"
High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) interview and on-air performance with Debra Bolton & Lynn Boitano on their Silver Rails Radio Show. We love public radio!
Bekah, Jen, and Grace sang “God Dipped his Pen of Love” at the community church service and invited the congregation to come to the square dance that evening.
Square Dance at the Congregational Church
30 people from Garden City and the Tumbleweed Music Festival came to jam, learn square dances, and dance the night away. It was a great way to close out the Tumbleweed Music Festival. Grace called the dances, with one participant joining in to call a line dance, and Matt and Run Boy Run providing the fiddle tunes. We were excited to have two brave youngsters from the local fiddle group “String Beans” sit in with us and learn rhythmic back-up.
Workshops and Group Jams
6 - 7 PM: One-on-one workshops with String Academy students
7 - 7:30 PM: Run Boy Run demonstration
7:30 - 8 PM: Group jam at the Congregational Church, led by RBR
8 - 9:30 PM: Fiddle, guitar, and singing workshops at the Congregational Church
About 30 participants attended our Monday night workshops, bringing a mix of fiddles, viola, and guitars. Participants joined in on the group jam at the beginning, playing fiddle tunes like “Boil the Cabbage”, “Devil’s Dream”, and “Soldier’s Joy”, and then worked with Run Boy Run to learn vocal and instrumental parts to Angeline the Baker. Everyone walked away with a new fiddle tune and a good experience playing in a group setting.