This tune has been recorded all kinds of ways. Here’s a swanky bluegrass version by Chris Thile and Michael Daves…this one is for the guitar pickers and mandolin freaks out there. Here’s a more old-timey version played by Art Rosenbaum, Beverly Smith and and Erica… Read More
Here are Cathy Barton and Dave Para performing Down the River I go at the 29th Annual Lupus Chilifest, October 16, 2010. I found this on the YouTuber. I love the exuberance of this performance. Cathy Barton’s banjo bounces along like a boat shooting a… Read More
…so I only know it through song. Here’s Dom Flemons performing San Francisco Baby Or how about San Francisco Bay Blues by one-man band Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller…
Some infectious jazz for a Sunday afternoon…
Let’s go to Buffalo NY’s historic Polonia district in the 1970s and 1980s, and check out the Broadway Grill. Back then, up here in Toronto, I had no interest in polka and had no idea that in Buffalo, just down the highway, some of the… Read More
Back when I was playing a lot of button accordion, and hadn’t yet fallen hard for clawhammer banjo, I did a little busking in places like Kensington and St. Lawrence Markets. I played a hodgepodge of material, squeezebox music from various countries. I think the… Read More
Sheila and I with Emmylou and her adorable dog.
….and I wish I was a mole in the ground. Let’s have a listen to Bob Neuwirth and Eliza Carthy… This performance also features Kate and Anna McGarrigle on banjo and button accordion. I stumbled across this performance on the YouTuber and it stopped me… Read More
Geez you don’t hear much rock ‘n’ roll anymore, do you?
It seems the election coverage has been ramping up since the Labour Day weekend, as if the real campaign has only just begun. So far only one of the candidates in my area has been around to try to convince me to vote for him… Read More