For the Labor Day holiday I took a break from writing and went up to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains for an Old Time music festival. Personally, I don’t play Old Time Music but my mom and dad do. My dad plays the fiddle and my mom plays the banjo ukelele. Yes, that’s right. The banjo ukelele.
|Banjo Ukeles by Accumulata|
So when we weren't listening to Old Time music we were dodging rain. Luckily, the worst part of Hurricane Lee held off just long enough for us to have a fabulous weekend.
If you’ve never heard of Old Time music:
-It originates from English, Scottish, Irish, and African folk music.
-It’s not blue grass or country music.
-It’s one of the oldest types of music in America other than Native American music.
-The easiest way for a newb to tell the difference between bluegrass and old time is the way the banjo is played. Old Time musicians use the Clawhammer method and Blue Brass musicians play notes in continuous rolls.
-It’s made for dancing—mainly square dancing, clogging, buck dancing, and flat footin’.
Hm. Now I kind of feel like I need to explain buck dancing and flat footin'.
Here’s a video:
Fun Fact: That's my dad singing in the video.
So yep, that’s what I did for the holiday!