Recording a CD

It’s kind of a long story, but I ended up staying another week with Polo and Nadine after the Old-Time Weekend in Bécours.  Their band, Ida Red, invited me to record about 6 tunes with them on their new CD.  Of course, I was honored.  All three of them are grand musicians and it was […]

Sisteron: The Gateway to Provence

Do you remember the woman, Cathi, who I met at the festival La Motte en Provence?  The one who called American contra and square dances (in French of course)?  She is a dear friend of, not only Polo and Nadine, but of Philippe who I visited in Grenoble.  After she and I hit it off […]

Into the Alpes: Grenoble

If you have been following my trip right along, you already know that I have been incredibly lucky in my search for musicians, artists, dancers and creative-livers to visit.  I was lucky, once again, when I met Phillipe and his family at the festival Boulegan l’Ostal. He joined one of our jam sessions with his […]

Bal Folk

Bal Folk is the name for a traditional French dance gathering, often with live music.  The first time I met Joelle and Daniel was at a Bal Folk while I was still in Paris.  My then host, Dale, was brave and came with me though I’m not sure if he realized that we’d be whisked […]

Books and Banjos

Here’s a look at what I do when I’m  not making books.  I’m the one playing the banjo uke.  Pearl Mueller is on the fiddle and Ellie Grace plays mandolin, guitar and dances too! (which you’ll get a taste of at the end of this video).  We also have a myspace page.