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Slaid Cleaves ~ Fischer Haus Cantina

After touring his latest CD : Still Fighting the War this time last year, Slaid Cleaves found his way back to the Fischer Haus Cantina in Fischer, Texas in the Hill Country somehwere between Wimberely and Blanco.

His musical chops earned and dues well paid : Not SXSW and not Not SXSW as well.

slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-001Accompanied by Chojo Jacques of Dripping Springs on fiddle and mandolin.slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-004 slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-018A tip of the hat to both musicians: balance and interplay, mutual respect for one another’s talents and skills.slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-028 slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-034 slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-042Slaid has honed his craft well.

Great  musicianship, stagecraft, songs and story telling.slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-071 slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-077 slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-094Slaid and Chojo owned the Fischer audience:

Many were Hill Country Texans who  related immediately and directly to Slaid’s stories, remembrances and song lyrics.slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-115

The Fischer Haus Cantina is a laid back open air venue, wonderful for the type of music presented here.

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Expressive music played and voiced expressively.slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-128 slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-130

A ‘Mainiac’ of a Texas Singer-Songwriter: great music and the perfect end to our Austin live music experience. slaidcleaves-3.15.2014-140


16 Mar 2014

Zilker Park


Wyatt putting Zilker Park through its paces.


Texas Blue Bonnets

22 Mar 2013

Austin Children’s Museum

Austin Childrens’ Museum

Destined for a new twice-the-size building!

Great place for kids. Great place for adults in the company of kids!


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Wyatt will attest to a wholly enjoyable and exhausting day.

Austin Childrens’ Museum

21 Mar 2013

Austin Friends of Traditional Music ~ 2012 Mid-Winter Festival

Corpus Cristi to Austin, a full days drive for us anymore, had us up early, stopping to get breakfast along the way and arriving to an unscheduled unreserved camping spot at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. This is one of our favorite State Parks probably due to its proximity to live music.

Sometime recently the heavens opened up on this area and ended the drought with an exclamation mark: 4 inches of rain! Everything is green.

The drive left us tired and beat but we persevered and got ourselves into town to the Austin Friends of Traditional Music Mid-Winter Festival. Got there a touch late and left early but the acts that we saw and heard were great: klezmer fiddle to Chinese zither music, old time music bands to tight bluegrass duos, West African drummers to 16 and 17 year old Texas state mandolin and banjo champs, and a hurdy-gurdy man to boot.

Blue Buckskin Winchers

Sometimes you just have to embrace the mic stands and mics as part of the composition!

Yuan Li Chang

This acoustic duo playing and singing off that single mic hit a home run with me. Very tight. Excellent presentation and musical repertoire.

Hem and Haw

There are gun-slingers and then there are banjo-slingers!

Hurdy Gurdy Man

Judging from the presence and participation of her students this fiddler (FiddLisa ~ Lisa Schneider) must be one hell of a teacher!

Third Rail

Youthful Bluegrass A Capella

Good stuff, all of it!

Kudos to AFTM!


Austin on Dwellable
30 Jan 2012

The Siekers ~ Sunday Bluegrass Gospel Brunch ~ Threadgills South, Austin, Texas

Back in the day German immigrants settled the Hill Country of Texas.

Latter day Teutonic bluegrass tribes have continued to settle the Austin area in the persons of Rolf and Beate Sieker and their bluegrass bandmates Howard Kalish and Vance Hazen.

Beate plays rhythm guitar and provides vocals, Rolf plays the banjo and provides vocals as well, Howard on fiddle and Vance on the bass. Together they comprise the Austin-based bluegrass group, The Siekers.

The Sieker Band played Threadgill’s Sunday Bluegrass Gospel Brunch.

They presented a lively repertoire of bluegrass gospel tunes as well as a number of  get-up-and-go bluegrass tunes.

Finally a big enough stage to access and work different angles.

Tim and his sound machine!?!

If the spirit moves you (and it did)!

Good music played well.

Good clean fun!

17 Jan 2012