Spring has sprung, summer almost come!

Hi Folks,
As spring has happened - almost without any notice at all - the garden is in and growing in Tucson and I am almost ready to head out on tour one of the summer. Yes, I said Tucson. In case you missed it I sold the Ohio place last fall and now am a full time Tucsonian. That means that spring here is like summer there and the garden here is in mid grow while I would be just picking seeds and cleaning up there. It also means I’ll be touring in the west this year.

I head out in a couple of weeks for the Strawberry Music Festival (it runs May 25-29 this year - Memorial Day Weekend) in Grass Valley, California. I will be helping vend with The Music Caravan booth - http://www.music-caravan.com/ and will have my books and CD’s there for sale as well as an assortment of items and instruments. I don’t have a performance at this one but hey, perhaps you can stop by and schedule a private lesson in our green room.  Then I hang in CA for about a week before a show and workshops at The Strum Shop in Roseville, CA June 9 and 10 where I’ll be doing a concert as well as a clawhammer banjo workshop and fiddle workshop. Right after that it’s CBA (California Bluegrass Association’s) annual Music Camp in Grass Valley http://cbamusiccamp.com/ - June 11-14 - where I am teaching a String Band Workhop. The camp is followed by the ever famous Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival where again I’ll be helping out at Music Caravan’s booth. Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and The Freighthoppers will both be at the festival as well (Bruce is teaching at camp) so there is plenty for the Old Time crowd at this one.

Since I have some down time between events and it is a long (strange?) trip up and back, I’m still looking to fill in some dates with “on the way” gigs. Think house concert, workshop or private lessons. Email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let’s get something going!

Not to leave my students for too long, I’ll be back in Tucson sometime later in the week of June 20 and plan to be around throughout July. I’ll be anchoring the Tucson Open Band for the July 15 dance so if you want to join in for some good old time music come on and “join the band”! I’ll also be playing the August 5 dance with my Cat Mountain Rounders.

Phew, almost up to date!

Okay, next up I am planning to head up to the Centrailia Campout August 13-20. Folks say it is awesome and I’ve just never been! ROAD TRIP! BUT of course y’all know me, I’ve scheduled a fiddle workshop and concert at Kennedy Violins in Vancouver, WA. The workshop is tentatively set for August 23 (a Wednesday evening) and the concert for Saturday the 26th at around 4. Details are still in the planning stages so stay tuned! I’m looking for some more gigs up that way (Oregon, northern CA) since be staying around until the Fall Strawberry festival which runs August 31 through September 4 before heading back down to Tucson (AGAIN) for some rest before playing the Phoenix dance Sept 9 with the Cat Mountain Rounders.

SO, a busy summer planned and I am looking forward to some travel to see y’all again. Get in touch if you want to schedule a lesson, concert, workshop or just to say “Hi” and I wish you all a wonderful musical summer ahead! Till then…

Play Nice

Time to travel west 2016!

Hello folks! Another summer in Ohio is coming to an end and it is almost time for me to load the truck and head west! No trailer anymore and yes, you have heard right from the rumor mill that it is also time to sell the Ohio Hippie-billie homestead. AND yes, the my last trailer sold last winter so it is just the truck and me heading back to Tucson via St. Louis gigs.

About 20 years ago I found a little place in Southern Ohio to call home. It was 40 acres and an old (1870’s) small house. There was even a mule grazing when I looked at it but I think he went home shortly after my purchase. Fast forward with getting the 40 acres next to it, cleaning the property, select cut timbering the land, putting in roads and trails and yes, saving – resurrecting? – the old house. Most folks who saw photos said, “So why don’t you tear it down and start over,” while my neighbor said, “Well, Dan, how come you aren’t living in it?” Well, it had no plumbing or electricity in it and he said, “Well, why don’t you did yo-self a hole and put up a little building?” so I did. I’ve been working on the place ever since. I’ve often referred to it as my “hobby house”.

Since then I got working starting with a handsaw, weed trimmer and a shovel. It soon grew to 83 acres, a nice garden, electric in the house, solid walls and insulation, new windows, county water, mod cons and a John Deere garden tractor to become the place you see now in my pictures. Some of you have even seen it in person with a visit, camp or residency over the years noting its progress and enjoying the land with me. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. It has been a journey for sure. But, like all things in life, it is time to move on so it is time to sell it and move on to the next adventure.

So the home is up for sale along with the land. 83 acres (m/l), house, garden, trails and stream. Perhaps it would be something you would like to carry on. If so, you can contact me by phone or email and I’ll put you in touch with the Wood real estate company. I chose them to represent me for several reasons not the least of which is Allen Wood’s father used to own it so he knows the property and can give you the real story of the place and even show you the best places to hunt – if that is something you enjoy. His number is 740-446-1066 but feel free to contact me first if you have any questions. And yes, it includes the mineral rights to the land.

On the way back to Tucson, I’ll be stopping in St. Louis to do Repertoire and Fiddle workshops at the Folk School of KDHX and a concert at The Focal Point on Saturday September 10th followed Sunday the 11th playing for the Childgrove dance. I will have some limited availability for private sessions on Sunday during the day and perhaps Friday afternoon depending upon when I get to town. I am still looking for a place to stay while I am there so if you have any suggestions or offers please contact me.

I don’t have anything scheduled after that on my way back to Tucson but if you would like to put together a last minute event Monday or Tuesday we can talk. I hope to be home late Tuesday or midday Wednesday. There I’ll unload the truck and hit the ground runnin’!

First up will be a visit from Conversations with Old Time Performers videographer Craig Evans to interview me for his next volume of that series. Band practice will get going pretty quickly too since Squirrelly Dan and the Cat Mountain Rounders plays the Tucson dance October 15 – FULL MOON! We’ll be in Las Cruces, NM on November 18 too. I’ll also be playing the Tucson dance with Buz Lloyd on November 5th.

Other scheduled highlights include an appearance at this year’s Tucson Meet Yourself on Friday October 7th at 6 PM. And I have scheduled Clawcamp West 2017 for March 10-12, 2017. Info and registration can be found on my website. That camp was large the last time I had it in Tucson so don’t delay if you are interested in some sun, fun and banjo.

My students are already asking when we will get started again and I do have space for a few more this year if you are ready to get started or advance your skills in Old Time Clawhammer banjo, Old Time fiddle, guitar or mandolin. The regular jams at the Rincon Market have been going on all summer so I’ll be excited to get back to those. September 26 is the first one after I get back.

Speaking of jams, last year I ran a Jam Workshop where we got to go over many of the regularly played tunes at a moderate pace and break them down especially for those who want to get up to speed and learn the tunes, ins and outs of old time jam sessions. It ran monthly. Do you folks want me to set those up again? Another suggestion was that we start to have a monthly tune repertoire workshop for the more advanced tunes where we likewise break them down and bring them up to speed. In either case, folks I’ve talked to seem to be willing to make a donation for those sessions. I’m figuring $15-20/session if I decide to do those and we’ll work from the repertoire books I have out with Mel Bay. Those include Old Time Festival Tunes; Old Time Favorites and my latest Beyond the Waterfall which came out in June. Let me know what folks think about that and we’ll get them going – probably in October – once I get back to Tucson.

That should bring us up to date for now! So, back to the cleaning, fixing and packing. See you in St. Louis or when I get back to Tucson. Till then…

Play Nice,
Dan “Clawdan” Levenson
www.Clawdan.com

Ohio time

I’ve made it back to Ohio after a long and gratifying trip. The land here is in good shape but the garden is in need of clearing and replanting and the grass needs weekly mowing! It is a lot of work but worth it. With many gigs this summer - Cleveland only a week away, Pittsburgh, PA concert the week after that! - I may not get the trimming done as much as I like but the paths to the creek should be clear for a walk in the woods. I will be in and out all summer and teaching both at home and by skype, but would love to have yall stop down for a tune, lesson or just a visit to hang on the porch and enjoy the country.

Speaking of the homestead, I think this is the year I will be putting it up for sale. I’ve started a facebook page at Time-to-Sell-the-Farm to start posting info on it in case any of you might be interested in having a little place of your own here is Southeastern Ohio. I have so photos up already and will be updating it as I can. Internet access can be spotty here but that is part of the charm!

The new book is out an you can order it now. Only $20 plus shipping gets it into the mail to you post hastily! I’ll be working on fiddle recordings of the tunes over the next week so hope to have the audio files up at CD Baby by the end of June.

Camp is also upon us shortly. Clawcamp East is July 8-10 this year. It was listed as “sold out” but I have had 3 cancellations so get in touch right away if you would like to join us.

I’ll leave it there for now. Till Next Time,
Play Nice,
Dan

Spring update

Spring update – 2016
Hi Folks,

Yes! Spring has sprung which in the southwest means it can be 60 one day and 90 the next. It’s ok. I like the sunshine! In the east it means 60 and sunny one day, snow and freezin’ cold that also means I’m still in the west, but time to travel is coming up soon.

The garden is continuing to thrive though I have scaled it back a bit to only the cactus and ornamentals so there isn’t as much to keep going over the summer.  I will be back east in time to put the veggies in and stay long enough to enjoy them.

Squirrelly Dan and The Cat Mountain Rounders (my latest trio) has one more dance on April 30 this season. Tom Crisp will be callin’ the squares. This one will be at our home park Far Horizon’s East (7570 E. Speedway) and is open to the public. Come on over and square it up or just hang and listen to the music. Clogging freestyle is always an option (no taps please).

My current plan is to leave for the east on May 19 or 20 and start my summer “tour” of the east.
The schedule so far:
May 21 – Las Cruces, NM – Concert and Fiddle Workshop
May 24 – Kansas City, MO – Clawhammer Banjo Workshop at The Fret Shop
June 17 – Cleveland OH – Concert at The Bob Stop
June 18 – Cleveland, OH – Jam Repertoire Workshop at Heights Music
June 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – House Concert at Curt and Annie’s
July 7 – Vinton (SE), OH – Daylong Fiddle Workshop at the Homestead
July 8-10 – Vinton (SE), OH – Clawcamp Clawhammer Banjo Weekend at the Homestead
August 11 – Mountain View, AR – Fiddle Workshop at The Ozark Folk Center
August 12 – Mountain View, AR – Judging at the Arkansas State Fiddle Contest – Traditional Style at The Ozark Folk Center
August 23 – Columbus, OH – Concert – Split bill with Annie Trimble at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
September 10 – Repertoire and Fiddle Workshops at the St. Louis Folk School; Concert that evening at The Focal Point.
September 11 – Contra Dance at Childgrove Dances.

This should put me back in Tucson sometime the week of September 12 for another music filled season!

In other news, I am expecting my new book Beyond the Waterfall: Extraordinary Tunes for Fiddle and Clawhammer Banjo to be out either late May (just in time for the trip) or early June (just as I get back to Ohio). Once I have a more firm date, I’ll start taking advance orders. Cost should be around $20-25.

Clawcamp registration is moving along too. I am planning on adding a fiddle day right before it. Thursday the 7th or Friday the 8th which would allow us a joint dinner as banjo folks arrive. Any thoughts please feel fee to let me know. clawdan.com/index.php?/workshops/clawcamp_east/ will give you the details on that one. Here’s a review of past camps from a returning couple:

“Dan,

Thank you very much for running Clawcamp. It is a terrific experience, and offers a wealth of learning experience and comradeship. I can not even imagine a better experience or environment to learn or to improve what you already know on banjo and fiddle.

Anyone who has worked with your instruction books or DVDs can attest to your skill as a teacher, and would agree that you create interest and excitement to learn with your method. The only thing better is instruction directly from the “hand of the master!”

And that’s not all! The homestead is wonderful, and South East Ohio is as beautiful as one could ask for - a genuine country environment and experience, far from distractions and interference. And an added plus are the other Clawcampers: In the past several years that Grace and I have attended, the gang at Clawcamp has been wonderful, fun, interesting, and have become friends we hope to see each summer. And if that were not enough, on the occasions when our presence is graced by the beautiful and talented Ms. Jennifer, Clawcamp is even better.

We wouldn’t miss it, and hope to be there this summer for more music, fun, and companionship.

See you then -

Pete and Grace
Silver Spring,MD”

Remember too, that if Camp doesn’t work for you I always welcome private students at the Homestead for lessons be they an hour or a day or more. I also hope to be able to continue with Skype lessons as well.

Finally, (well for now anyway) I am working on a West Coast Tour for the late fall of 2016. I have a SF/Berkley area date of November 5 already as a core of the trip. Please contact me if you feel you would like me to come “your way” (north or south) from or before that on route to or from Tucson!
I’ll be updating this as I get closer to leaving so stay tuned and…

Play Nice,
Dan

Winter in Tucson

Here’s a view from the office this time of year.

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Hello Old Time Music Lovers! I don’t write often and hope you won’t mind me dropping you a note to let you know about a couple of music events I’ll be doing over the next few months in the Tucson area.

First, coming up February 13, a dance with Squirrelly Dan (Levenson) & The Cat Mountain Rounders - Dan fiddles; John Walkenbach - guitar; with special guest bass player Carrie Jackson. Might even be a few guest musicians but ya never know! The caller for the evening is Tom Crisp and we will be jamming the tunes for you starting at 7PM at Armory Park, 220 S. 5th Ave. - Tucson, AZ. Call Tom for more info at 520-885-6833.

Next – February 19-20 (just the following weekend) I have a combination of events that could give us a foundation for a winter Old Time fest or at least the illusion of one! Starting Friday evening February 19th with a solo concert by me, Dan Levenson at the Tombstone Livery (Rt. 82 North of Tombstone, 1/4 mile west of Rt. 80). It’s an evening of old time music – clawhammer banjo, fiddle, songs and stories. Call Cowboy Doug 520-457-3559. The Arthritis Brothers (you know them, John Beland and Co.) will open the show and rumor has it there might even be a little jamming after. SO, bring your instruments. Then the weekend continues the next morning at Beland’s Barn! (Well, in the house really but hey, it sounds good.)

Saturday the 20th, 9am(ish) I’ll be running a Clawhammer Banjo Workshop at John’s home in Sierra Vista. And speaking of jamming, Saturday the 20th is the regular Arthritis Brothers Jam at the Beland homestead starting around 1 and going until, who knows! If there is interest we could even talk about a fiddle workshop Sunday morning, but no promises there.

Next is the Tucson Dance on March 5. This one is at First United Methodist Church 915 East 4th Street, Tucson, AZ. Squirrelly Dan (Levenson) & The Cat Mountain Rounders - Dan fiddles; John Walkenbach - guitar; with bass player Jerry Weinert plays and dancing caller phenom Claire Zucker – the concertina queen of the west calls the figures!

THEN, it’s jam day! March 12 at Far Horizon’s East – our home – we have reserved one of the clubhouse rooms for an all day jam 1-9pm. Details are still open but suffice it to say we have a room and a kitchen for Old Time Music and food and drink all afternoon and into the evening. You have to RSVP for this one, as we need to have a list at the gate so they’ll let ya in!

Only one more hard date on the calendar April 30th – a bit off but never too early to plan – is another dance at the Armory Park on 5th Ave. Squirrelly Dan and The Cat Mountain Rounders (Carrie on bass!) again with Tom Crisp at 7.

There are more details and links at my website http://www.Clawdan.com. Go to the schedule page. I am also attaching flyers for the next few events for you to print and share.

I’ve also just finished up my new book, Beyond the Waterfall: Extraordinary Tunes for Fiddle and Clawhammer Banjo – 40 less than usual tunes to play at jams and amaze your friends! I’ll let you know when I have a release date but it shouldn’t be too long.

Clawcamp East is happening again this year in Ohio July 8-10. I already have the first registration so don’t miss out on that. Info and registration forms are on the website http://clawdan.com/index.php?/workshops/clawcamp_east/

BTW, I do have a few spots open for students through the end of April. Banjo, fiddle, old time guitar!

I’ll also be starting east to my Ohio place so I’m lining up gigs along the way and students and residencies for when I get back.

So, I do hope to see many of you at these events. Any questions feel free to write.

The Road West 2015

Well, it’s coming on that time again. Time to head west and leave the Ohio homestead and garden for another year. As always, mixed feelings. Got to see the sunflowers and harvest tomatoes and melons but not going to be here to see the leaves change. Had lots of great students, but there are my western ones awaiting my return. Would love to sit on the porch and read into the cool fall days but itchin’ to be traveling! Didn’t sell the Airstream yet, but looks like the old Avion is going to be going to a new home. SO, you get the idea. Well, when?

As it looks now I’ll probably be heading out next Thursday. I have several gigs along the trip back but I think I’ll start by going up to the Hillsdale, Michigan Old Time Fiddlers’ convention. At the Hillsdale fairgrounds, it is a wonderful laid-back weekend and I haven’t been there for quite a few years now. Fest is on Friday and Saturday the 14 and 15th, but I think I’ll go up for early arrival on Thursday. Time to go back and visit old friends, make some new ones and play some tunes.

From there, I head down and over to Kansas City, MO. The Fretshop there has offered to host me on Saturday the 22nd for a fiddle workshop in the am, clawhammer banjo in the afternoon and a concert that evening. Private sessions may be available by appointment as well, but contact me directly to set those up. That Sunday (the 23rd) is the Fiddle fest in Lawrence, Kansas – not too far a drive – so I may go over there just to visit and play some. I hear Howard Rains and Trish Spencer are supposed to be performing there which would be a treat to see as well.

Next I get to go back down to Mountain View, Arkansas and the Ozark Folks Center. I play Friday afternoon August 28, in the village then that night and Saturday the 29th on stage at their theater.

THEN the LONG journey west to help staff the Music Caravan booth at Strawberry Music Festival in Westside, Tuolumne, CA over the Labor Day weekend September 3-7. I’ll have all of my books and cd’s available as well as an instrument or two to sell. I should have some free time to jam a bit or do a lesson if anyone is up for it. Still trying to get in as a performer as well but no luck so far. Let me know if you can help there.

From there the journey back to Tucson. I should be home there by September 11th and ready to start teaching and playing there. I’ll be stopping in Los Banos, CA to drop the Airstream off with Toscono RV where Dave Morse can help you make it your own! He has sold me several Airstreams over the years and sold a couple of mine for me. He is a wonderful fellow so if you are still interested after Labor Day, see Dave.

As I said, I’ll be home to Tucson September 11 so now is the time to set up those lessons for this coming fall. In person or Skype, beginners or advanced techniques, Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Old Time Guitar or Mandolin. Give me a call and lets get ya going.

Finally, the last thing on the books at this time is the “10-10” Dance on, wait for it, October 10! Details on my web schedule but I’ll be playing as Squirrelly Dan and the Cat Mountain Rounders – John Walkenbach on guitar and Jerry Weinert on bass. Me? Fiddle mostly, perhaps some banjo, perhaps even a guest musician or two! Here’s what we look like!

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Might look to set up a regular Square Dance if there seems to be interest.

In the works are several other gigs in Tucson and planning for a winter Clawcamp. As we say in the music world, Stay Tuned!

Per usual, there are always a couple of days from place to place that I’d like to fill in. A house concert, workshop, lesson or two, especially on a Monday or Tuesday. If you find you are on route and want to host an impromptu event, please email me or call and I’ll work hard to help you make it happen!
Well, that’s the news for now. I’ll be seeing you! Till next time,

Play Nice,
Dan “Clawdan” “Fiddledan” Levenson
http://www.Clawdan.com

 

Back in Ohio!

Hi Folks,

I’ve made it back save between the storms and flooding. I didn’t even hit any rain until Nashville and the weather since I got here to Ohio has been spectacular. I’ve been busy mowing, digging, planting and generally getting settled in and cleaned up for another summer.

I did find studio space to teach skype lessons at and am now setting up students for Wednesdays. I start there June 3. I do have some students signed up already but there are a couple of spaces left. Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)asap to get started or to get back into the schedule.

The new Clawhammer Masters book - Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell is set to be delivered to me this week. Orders will ship by June 1.

Finally, I have 2 spots left for Clawcamp Bootcamp so do get your registration in as soon as you can if you want to join us. Limited enrollment.

Blog March 2015

Blog March 2015

Hi Folks,

It’s no surprise to most of you that I don’t write all that regularly here in the blogging world. I do aim for a quarterly note, but alas that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. SO, while I finally got a few minutes I thought I’d catch yall up on things.

Seeing the harsh winter in most of the country I am glad that I decided to make Tucson (well, western AZ) my winter home some years ago. Most of you know that after about 5 years in Yuma, Miss Jennifer and I came back to Tucson around November of 2013 and this past fall bought a more or less stable home in one of the mobile home parks on the east side of Tucson. After more than 6 months here it seems like a keeper. We have had some large and many small jams here and I have several students coming on a more or less regular basis. There is always room for more in person or by videoconference mediums such as Skype.

While I don’t miss the eastern winters (even WE had ONE snow on new years day), I do sometimes miss the Ohio homestead so I will be heading back there again this May for most of the summer. Home there is about 20 miles rural to the town of Gallipolis, Ohio and about an hour southwest of Athens, Ohio. Nicely located in the Southern Appalachian foothills on 80 acres of land, folks can come for lessons and camp, hike, hang on the porch and enjoy the country like I do when I’m there. Yes, students are welcome for an hour, a day or multi day residency. I also plan on doing my some gardening and house maintenance as well as some writing and some more video recording. I have also scheduled two camps this year.

Clawcamp comes first – July 10-12. What is Clawcamp? Well, some consider it clawhammer banjo boot camp and others see it as just a nice chance to get away with their banjo and work on sharpening their basic skills and adding new more advanced ones in the company of about a dozen (max) other clawhammer banjo players. Perhaps it is really both! It is definitely as skills based workshop aimed at helping you become a better banjo player. For information about Clawcamp and to register to attend you can go to my webpage at http://clawdan.com/index.php?/workshops/clawcamp_east/ to find out more.
We are half full as of this week so I encourage you to register soon.

Next is Old Time Music Camp. This one is primarily for Fiddle and Banjo players to come together to work on playing together and building their repertoire. Other instruments are welcome (we had a mandolin player last summer) and encouraged to join us as we get into how the music is played within an ensemble context. We do some skills work as well, but the primary focus here is on the tunes. Again, you can go to the website at http://clawdan.com/index.php?/workshops/homestead_camps/ to find out more and register for camp.

The Road East: This year I plan on heading back around May 18 but that is a flexible date. The goal is to be back by Memorial Day weekend so tomatoes can go into the ground. That was always the idea back east, tomatoes in the ground by Memorial Day weekend. Sometimes you can push that a bit, especially in Southern Ohio, but Memorial Day is still the first considered “safe” date for planting.

BUT, I’ve also been a slug, which means I’ve basically ignored the “booking” world and not set up any firm stops for the route east. I haven’t even PICKED my route east this year. Yep, that means that I’m searching for gigs on route. Workshops, concerts, house concerts, lessons and all are fair game. Anyone up for sponsoring an event please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see if we can set up a show (or workshop…). In most cases all routes (I-10, 20, 30, 40 and 70) lead near enough or through St. Louis where there has been some talk of a workshop or two. However, like I said, nothing is firm yet.

I will be taking the Airstream but the drive will be a solo as Miss Jennifer will be at our Tucson place to keep working (she took a full time gig again this year – health care, yeah) and only coming east for a bit around my birthday (I’ll be 60, go figure) at the end of June and perhaps another one somewhere else over the summer.

The return trip west should be around the end of August. I’m booked at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas for some performances on August 28 and 29 after which I might head down through San Antonio to visit my older son Jon and his family at their new home there. Then back west to Tucson for another wonderful winter west. So, yes, anyone planning their fall schedule wanting to hire the Old Buzzard for shows along the west, it’s not too early in spite of my slacker ways.

Next week I’ll be involved again with the Common Ground on the Border shows March 12-14. You can find out about this fascinating event at www.commongroundonthehill.org/cgotb-about.html which is indeed related to Common Ground on the Hill back east. A three day celebration of music, art and culture. Then The Glendale Folk Festival up in Glendale, AZ (outside of Phoenix March 21 & 22) has invited me to do a performance and a couple of workshops there this year. Info on that can be found at https://www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation/specialevents.cfm including downloading a schedule of all workshops and concerts that weekend. And hey, it’s free! Hope to see many of you there.

SO, that about tells the story for now. I’ll try to write more often but…Till next time.

Play Nice,
Dan “Clawdan” “Fiddledan” Levenson
http://www.Clawdan.com

Author of Clawhammer Banjo From Scratch; Old Time Favorites and Old Time Festival Tunes  For Clawhammer Banjo (both are also available For Fiddle & Mandolin) and a host of other Mel Bay books as well as recordings both solo and with The Boiled Buzzards Old Time String Band.

Summer at the Ohio Homestead 2015!

Hi Folks,

Welcome to July in Ohio! That’s right, still here in Ohio for the summer. Homestead Old Time Camp for banjo and fiddle together is coming right up. July at the homestead. There is still time to register for one of the 3 spots still available.
The Banjo Hangout Tunetorials have been going well. There are 6 up already and it will keep me busy doing weekly tunes. And Tunetorials is exactly what they are. Each tune is played three times up to speed, then three times slow. In those I start with a basic version and build the tune each time through. Next I play just the basic version slower before starting to break the tune down into phrases. Each phrase is played 3 times. Once in full view, once for the left hand (fingerboard) then once for the right (stroke). We do all of that once more with the advanced version too. Quite a workout! Each lesson runs about 30 minutes and only costs $6. Currently the tunes are coming from my latest book Old Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo. I plan to do fiddle versions as well but those have not started yet. Let me know what tunes you might like to have and see as well as how these videos are working for you.

On the home front, the garden is in, mowing happening and I even harvested my first cucumber last week. June 28 to be exact – my birthday present this year! Tomatoes are hanging on the vines (none ripe yet, dang!), more cucumbers growing, beans, melons and basil are all coming along and of course the flowers. The Black Eyed Susans are not doing as well this year. Great foliage but the flower petals are being eaten before they bloom! Internet suggests Japanese Beatles – I have found some – but if any of you have any ideas let me know. I’m missing the great yellow hedge of flowers in front of the porch. Trumpet vine is thriving and so is our hummingbird population – hmmmm… might be a connection eh? Cardinals, robins, woodpeckers, and this year, the Eastern Towhee has made several appearances – right up on the porch! He’s not shy – but we haven’t seen many goldfinches this year.

Other work this summer includes finishing up the latest Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell – Clawhammer Masters book with Bob Carlin. I hope to have it to Mel Bay this month and released shortly after that.

I am taking students here at the cabin while in Ohio. Hour, afternoon, day or longer. It’s a chance to come to the country and work on your instrument away from it all. I’m a bit internet constrained this year here as we are far enough from town to NOT have any cable or strong phone lines so I have to limit my time on line. That has caused me to have to suspend skype lessons for the while, but if I have enough interest I may be able to get a studio in town to go in once a week.
I am starting to plan the return trip to Tucson and gigs along the way. The current plan is to leave Ohio on or around Labor Day and take a couple of weeks getting back.

Finally, it looks like Miss Jennifer and I will be playing Saturdays at the Gallipolis Farmers Market. That starts on July 12 for us and should keep us playing throughout the summer except for camp weekend.
Not much else new for now. Reading a lot, hanging, gardening and mowing, a visit from you perhaps. Keep an eye on the website (http://www.Clawdan.com) for gig updates.

Fall gigs include Tucson, a dance in Phoenix and a special concert at the NAMM’s Museum of Making Music. October 25 for that one. It is the close of their special Banjo exhibit, which runs all summer. I’ll have it up on the website soon, but for now, http://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/ should get you to their site.

Feel free to email me about upcoming events and as always…
Play Nice,
Dan

Schedule filling in

The schedule is filling in and has FINALLY been updated! Lots happening starting with a concert on Valentine’s Day evening. Join Dan in Tucson for an intimate evening of fiddle, banjo, songs and stories of the road.

Long year comes to a close

It now finds Miss Jennifer and me in Tucson, Arizona again after almost 6 years in Yuma. It was time for a change but it has been a very long, strange and stressful trip this year so we are working to relieve some of that. We will be taking more shorter trips like the next one up to Seattle and back at the end of March and early April.

I promise more updates and more of the story later this month (I hope) but thank all of you who have been checking here to see “what’s up with Dan” and wish you a great holiday season and wonderful New Year.

Remember the Yuma Old Time Fiddlers’ contest comes up January 10-12, 2014 and I plan to be there followed by a trip to the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA where I’m playing the dance on Saturday the 25th of January then a short hop over to Santa Barbara for a House Concert there. Ajo, AZ Fiddle campout and contest starts on Thursday January 30 this year so check that one out too. We should be there, Airstream in tow!

I will also be playing dances in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, Feb 8 and Tucson, AZ the following week in Tucson on Saturday February 15 (same date as the Tucson contest, btw). I’m working on setting up a concert in both of those towns right around those dates so stay tuned as we say. More and details coming later this week.

Till then, Play Nice,
Dan

No more international orders

Dear friends outside of the US.
It has become very costly to send orders out of the US these days both in dollars and time (customs forms and such AND international charge card fees) so I have had to stop taking international orders. Please don’t worry as one reason that I have found that companies such as Amazon have all of my materials available for international customers with very reduced and often free shipping fees.

SO, while I am glad to you are interested in my products, please know that it is with your interest at heart that I now ask my international friends to order in this way.

I will continue to process US orders as I have been so feel free to contact me for orders within the United States and I will endeavor to get them out with the most possible speed I can.

Play Nice,
Dan

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