Play some West Virginia tunes. After all, June 20th is West Virginia Day, a holiday here!
Doesn't the Berea group play at the Visitor Center (depot) certain days all summer long? If someone had that info and shared it, maybe a bunch of us would show up and share some tunes!
Love to hear my dulcimer buddies chatting it up! Yes, I do think you two were paired up for the "Finding Do" (as in "Do Re Mi") activity we did awhile back. I encourage everyone to play with lots of different folks-- mix it up, get outside your comfort zone, meet new people, and widen your vision! You will be exposed of different ways to play the same songs, new songs--and possibly some new genres, and maybe learn a few tips you'll find helpful. I'm looking forward to gathering now and then throughout the summer, jamming and learning with folks at Kentucky Music Week in June and also at the Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival Labor Day weekend. But if you can't attend one of these special events or workshops, hopefully you'll find someone to join you on your porch with a cold drink this summer and you can swap songs, sing a little, and serenade the lightning bugs!
So glad to know someone else is visiting other groups. I think it's an excellent way to meet players who might line up with your particular style & others that don't. I'm in eastern Ky & have been visiting the group in Nicholasville over the past 6 months--next stop, Berea!
That's great that all were able to get together. There are groups here about 20 miles apart. Only a couple of them (or maybe 1) come to the meetings of each. I agree playing with other musicians who are "new" to you is a good, even great thing. Never been to Berea (yet.... hey I may be available) but I love Hindman and the folks there.
Today my dulcimer group from Berea KY got together with the Hindman KY group who came to Berea for a day trip. After they ran around town they came to our Multignerational facility to play with us. There were about 20 folks from Hindman and about 17 of us. Warren May came to listen as did Jean Ritchie's niece.
We had a great time together and a potluck afterward. We had so much fun that we are planning a trip to Hindman soon to play with them. Hindman is about 100 miles from Berea. I drive 90 miles round trip to play with the Berea/Richmond KY group each week. I am so fortunate to live close enough to take advantage of such opportunities.
I'm a fledgling intermediate player and my advice is to seize any opportunity to play with different groups. It's so rewarding. Dulcinina
It's only too late if you don't start now.