Words and Music

This is my personal blog, where I can document my interests in words, music, concerts, travel, and guitar-building.

Tag Archives: bluegrass

Grey Fox 2013

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival was on July 17 – 21 this year. This was my second trip there…last year I didn’t post a review until November, which meant I didn’t do a very thorough job of it. This year, the festival occurred during the middle of our Maine vacation, so I got to come […]

Splinters at Roslindale Open Mike

The Splinters were feature act at the Roslindale Open Mike on June 10, 2013. That means you get to do about 1/2 hour set or more if they like you. We prepared 6 songs and a couple of more in the wings, just in case and got to all of them for about 40 min. […]

The Splinters at Somerville Porchfest 2013

Somerville, MA – May 18, 2013 – J and I signed up for Somerville Porchfest, porch graciously provided by Jennifer Badot. We played from 2-4 pm. At first there were only a handful of people there, but pretty soon bikes, dogs, and roaming gangs of people stopped by. It was a windy day and we […]

Grey Fox Festival 2012

Walsh Farm, NY. July 19-22, 2012. We attended the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival this year. I’m just getting around to writing it up, but it would certainly take a long time to capture all its awesomeness. Summary version: 4 days of listening, picking, and sweating. Yes, it was hot and dry for the most part, […]

Peter Rowan and Tony Rice at the Wilbur Theatre

April 21, 2012. Boston, MA – Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, along with the Travelin’ McCoury’s came to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre for a night of “The Music of Bill Monroe”. They played 2 sets of just under an hour, including the encore number. All of the tunes were songs written or recorded by Bill Monroe. We […]

The Splinters Play Oh Susanna

J and I played at the West Roxbury Open Mike, which J emcees each month. The video below captures our performance of Oh Susanna. We first played this tune up in Maine one weekend just goofing around and it stuck. After each taking a chorus for improvising, we play together in a counterpoint before taking […]

The Splinters Music at Nourish

J Johnson and I did a mini-set at Nourish Open Mike run by Ellen Schmidt. That means instead of the usual one song per act we got to do three songs before the feature act. We started with the fast fiddle tune, June Apple, then slowed it down a bit with Ook Pik Waltz, and […]

Splinters at IBM Centennial Celebration

As previously tweeted and facebooked, J and I played at the IBM Centennial Celebration at the Museum of Science. Both of us being IBMers made it convenient, for sure. The event was an “IBM’s Got Talent” show with about 10 acts, ranging from rock and bluegrass to show tunes and dance numbers. I especially enjoyed […]