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February 2, 2016

Compton & Newberry with Sausage Grinder – Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m.

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry

The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is presenting an evening of Old-Time Music on Saturday, March 12 starting at 8 p.m. featuring Mike Compton and Joe Newberry — Sausage Grinder is very excited to be opening for these master musicians.

The concert is $20 and is at Timewarp Records, 12204 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. This is a great venue – David’s CD release party was held there a few weeks ago and we had a great time.

Get tickets here.

WORKSHOPS
In addition, Joe Newberry will teach a banjo workshop at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

Mike Compton will teach a mandolin workshop at Timewarp Records before the concert at Timewarp Records at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Workshop seats are very limited, so contact David Bragger ASAP to reserve your seat. More info at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour.
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October 2, 2014

First Old-Time Tiki Parlour DVD now available!

Old-Time Tiki Parlour DVD cover - Rafe and Clelia StefaniniVery exciting news —

Grinder David Bragger’s latest project, the Old-Time Tiki Parlour, is coming to fruition and the first DVD release is now available!

The Tiki Parlour project will be a series of DVDs featuring performances from some of the best in old-time music, with high quality video and sound. Take it from us they look and sound beautiful.

The first release features father-daughter duo Rafe and Clelia Stefanini and you can get a copy for only $18 at County Sales’ website.

More releases are coming soon (Dan Gellert will be the next one) and this project will only get more exciting as time goes on — do not miss this DVD!

Chris and David teaching workshops at Goleta

The 43rd Annual Fiddlers’ Festival (this year also the 10th Annual GVAA Art Festival) is Sunday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chris and David are teaching banjo and fiddle workshops (respectively) at 11 a.m. The festival is always a great time with lots of jamming, performances and of course the annual instrumental and singing contest.

Come by a workshop or jam and wish Chris a happy birthday!

More info on the festival here.

October 1, 2013

Goleta Festival time again!

Filed under: Main,News — Tags: , , , , , — Chris @ 8:30 pm

Goleta posterOctober means it’ll soon be time for the Goleta Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and Festival, always a great time with lots of jamming, great performances and of course the annual instrumental and singing contest. The festival is Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sausage Grinder will be playing from 11 a.m. to noon on the main stage, and Chris and David will be teaching banjo and fiddle workshops (times to be announced).

Other acts include Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Hay Dudes with Dennis Caplinger, The Brothers Comatose and more. For more info on the festival visit their website.

Hope to see you on the 13th!

 

 

June 20, 2013

Banjo lesson: Oh Molly Dear

Filed under: Main,Music/Video — Tags: , , , , — Chris @ 9:30 pm

Here’s the banjo tune Chris taught at the LA Old-Time Social — finally posted a lesson on YouTube on it! Hope everyone enjoys.

 

September 26, 2011

It’s Goleta time again

Sausage Grinder will be playing a square dance at this year’s 40th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention in Goleta, CA on Sunday, October 9. The festival starts at 10, the dance is around noon, and David and Chris will once again teach fiddle and banjo workshops later in the afternoon. And we’ll be hanging out and playing all day so come say hello.

This is one of the premier old-time events in Southern California (well, Southern-ish) – don’t miss it. There’s a great line up this year including Laurie Lewis, Eric and Suzy Thompson, Peter Feldmann and more, plus of course the contest. You can read more at the convention website or like their Facebook page.

Here’s some footage of the Grinder from last year jamming with Steve James, plus a bonus track of Chris on the contest stage with our friend Jennifer Fitzpatrick playing a little Memphis Minnie. See you there!

June 21, 2011

Banjo lesson: Dock Boggs’ Danville Girl

Here’s a banjo lesson — a full 20 minutes, thanks YouTube — on Dock Boggs’ banjo song Danville Girl. I taught this at the Los Angeles Old-Time Social last month, which was a bunch of fun. Hope you enjoy!

November 12, 2010

A banjo lesson – Marching Jaybird

Here’s (finally) the video version of the banjo lesson I promised at the Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention. The tune is Marching Jaybird; you can buy the original (and I highly recommend this album — Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians) here. Hope you enjoy the lesson, and if you don’t play banjo, if you watch a minute or so you’ll get to hear the tune.

October 8, 2010

Grinder in Goleta on Sunday

Be sure not to miss the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention this Sunday. David and Chris will be teaching fiddle and banjo workshops and you can hear performances by our good friends Triple Chicken Foot, the Foghorn Trio, and  excellent blues guitar/mandolin guy Steve James.  Plus other performances, more workshops and of course the chance to win a prize playing the instrument of your choice.

The Grinder isn’t playing an official set this year, but we shouldn’t be too hard to find jamming and having a good time, so come to the festival and stop by to say hello. More info on the festival below.

September 14, 2010

A banjo lesson – Groundhog

Filed under: Main,Music/Video — Tags: , , , , — Chris @ 1:03 am

We had a great time at the CTMS Equinox Festival on Sunday — we even had quite an audience for our early morning (for us) 10:20 a.m. show. David and I both taught workshops (me on banjo, David on fiddle), and I promised to post a video of the tune I taught so that folks could refer back to it.

So if you were there, here you go, and if you weren’t, I hope you get something out of this, too — it’s a quick demonstration of thumb-lead two-finger old-time banjo picking, using Doc Watson’s version of “Groundhog.” Enjoy, and leave a comment here or on YouTube if you have any questions and I’ll be glad to answer them.

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