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Austin Steamers ~ Austin, Texas

A little more than a year ago we listened to Ben Hodges and Jenn Miori as Hem and Haw present one of the tighter sets on the stage of the Austin Friends of  Traditional Music’s Mid-Winter Festival. We have been following their musical exploits and accomplishments from the northern New Hampshire since. We are eagerly waiting for the Carper Family‘s appearance at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival this summer.

We were blessed with the opportunity to hear the Austin Steamers comprised of Ben Hodges on mandolin and vocals, Joe Sundell on banjo and vocals, and Sean Tracey on guitar and vocals.

Good stuff!

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4 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

Second Thursday of the Month – CTBA Open Mic at The New World Deli, Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas: The Live Music Capital of the World

Second Thursday of the month, Open Mic Bluegrass Night with Eddie Collins managing the flow and The New World Deli graciously providing the space. We went expecting  college kids and young people shopping their bluegrass chops but instead found a bunch of second-lifers similar to ourselves ‘a pickin’ and a grinnin”. The three man bluegrass string band Flatiron shared the stage with Eddie Collins and any number of folks with stringed instruments willing to jump in for a song or two. The range was from ‘one and done’ to a number of folks with very polished presentations.

Capturing images was another case of ‘the tyranny of mic stand and cords’ combined with low light and a small stage space. We did our best.

The ‘crop tool’ earns high marks here.

Duane Calvin & Alice Moore of ‘The Better Late Than Never’

Bluegrass-Gospel Band

Mr. Eddie Collins, CTBA

Wide bluegrass envelope here : bluegrass flute!

Amazing number of banjo pickers in the crowd: Why is that?

‘Tie-Dye’ Jay Blincoe!

Her own words: ‘high maintenance ‘ and ‘naked without the guitar’!?!

We tried to do a fair and balanced job of capturing and presenting all the talent.

My apologies to the one bass player I know I missed.

Could have done better with folks names but maybe folks will supply me with names through their comments.

Great place: serving a good and hearty reuben sandwhich.

Good talent and friendly people – a super supportive atmosphere!

Nicely done Mr. Eddie Collins!

I would come back next month were I in town.


14 Jan 2012