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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!

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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!

 

 

March 12, 2013

Sausage Grinder is back!

Sausage GrinderHello everybody! It’s been a while but after a not-so-brief hiatus, Sausage Grinder is back with more of our usual foolishness. We’ve been practicing away in the Old-Time Tiki Lounge and have some new tunes and a new lineup.┬áDavid Bragger and I (I being Chris Berry) are extremely pleased to have the lovely and talented Susan Platz join us on fiddle, washboard, banjo and vocals. We’ve been playing with Susan for a couple of years now and are thrilled that she is joining us.

We’ve got some new shows lined up, although we can only tell you about two of them right now. First is the 8th Ever Old-Time Social, which runs from May 16-18. David and I will be teaching fiddle and banjo workshops in the afternoon of Saturday the 18th and then Sausage Grinder will be playing a square dance along with the Hollywood Bollweevils, Jessie Milnes, Emily Miller and Friends and callers Susan Michaels and Amy Hofer. It’s a great time and we hope to see you there.

Then on Sunday, May 19, we’ll be playing from 3:30-4:30 at the Dance Barn at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival. This event needs no introduction — come out and jam, compete, what have you. Watch out for rattlesnakes and drink plenty of water.

If you’re wondering what happened to our Grinders Emeritus, Bobby and Margie moved far far away so Bobby can continue his genetic experiments, and Matt and Josh have moved on to play with Nick Bachman and Max Ward in King Baby — they’ll be playing Friday night at the Old-Time Social so be sure to go and check them out!

We’ll have some more gigs to announce very soon; until then here’s a little taste of Sausage Grinder 2.0. Enjoy!

June 21, 2011

Fiddle tunes from Jim Bowles

David taught these two fiddle tunes from Kentuckian Jim Bowles at the Los Angeles Old-Time Social last month. He plays the tunes up to speed and then gives ‘em to you slow with the bowing and a bunch of cool playing tips.

Christmas Eve — ADAE tuning — key of D

Kate’s Got a Wooden Leg — GDAE tuning — key of G


Find out about lessons from David on our contact page.

Read more about Bowles here.

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