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.