Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association



A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Fri-Sun, Feb 28 to March 2, 2014, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN


Chicken Train, Cajun Dancing, Clogging, and more!

Come join us in the Old-Time Dance Hall for some incredible old-time music, clogging, square dancing, and Cajun dancing. On Friday night there will be squares and other dances called by Shawn Glidden, followed by Cajun dancing with music by Ana & The Bel-tones, an up and coming all-female Cajun band from the Twin Cities.

On Saturday, join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for a performance by the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, followed by a beginning-clogging workshop. Ann Carter will call Family Dances from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Ann specializes in getting all ages and abilities out on the dance floor. Delve into the old-time style with Chicken Train from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.
Advanced and high-level intermediate fiddlers and banjo players should not miss John Herrmann and John Engle’s workshop on fiddle-banjo duets. Intermediate and high-beginner guitar and bass players wanting to learn how to back-up old-time tunes can come learn from masters Meredith McIntosh and Amy Hobbs. Then come give a listen to Chicken Train in concert at 4:00 PM. Take a dinner break or watch Spotlight On Singing from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Then make sure to make it back by 8:00 PM for more square dancing, called by Corey Mohan to the rhythmic mastery of Chicken Train. See you there!

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Our 2014 featured performers will be Chicken Train. Chicken Train is a four member old time band with fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass from Asheville, NC. The repertoire of the band combines a couple of streams of musics: North Carolina fiddling and African American folk songs.

Fiddler John Engle has been studying the playing of Tommy Jarrell and other North Carolina fiddlers for the past ten years or so with incredible diligence. He has transcribed Tommy Jarrell's entire repertoire with the bowings. The Chicken Train CD is a report of how John is playing that music today. He seems always to be refining his listening and playing. Banjo player John Herrmann has an interest in African-American folksongs that pre-date, or fall outside, the strict blues form. There was a time when music passed back and forth freely between black and white rural communities. John's interest is in songs from the black tradition that work well in the southern mountain style. Mary Hobbs and Meredith McIntosh fill out the rhythm section on guitar and bass respectively.

Chicken Train has a powerful and grounded sound that has momentum in both its instrumental and vocal selections. All members respect the tradition from which this music grew and spend many hours playing with friends in the Asheville area. 

Deering Banjos Old-Time Music & Dance Hall Schedule



7:00 Dance with music by The Gritpickers and dance caller Shawn Glidden
8:30 Dance with music by Mike In The Wilderness and dance caller Shawn Glidden
10:00 Cajun Dance with music by Ana & The Beltones


9:30 AM Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project Workshop. The Minnesota State Fiddlers Association has taken on the project of learning and transcribing all of the fiddle tunes from the Minnesota Fiddle Tune Project CD. We will teach some of the more basic tunes and jam on the others.

9:30 AM Learn to Back Up Fiddlers. A workshop for guitar/mandolin/banjo players on how to back up fiddlers, with an emphasis on playing back up at fiddle contests. This workshop will geared to people wanting to learn a new skill, support a family member or friend who is a fiddler, or just make a few bucks helping at area fiddle contests.

11:00 AM TBA 

12:00 PM Clogging Demonstration and Beginning Clogging Workshop with The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers  

1:15 PM Family Dance with live music and dances called by Ann Carter

2:30 PM Advanced/high-Intermediate fiddle and banjo duets workshop with John Herrmann and John Engle of Chicken Train.

2:30 PM Intermediate old-time backup on guitar and bass workshop with Meredith McIntosh and Amy Hobbs of Chicken Train.

4:00 PM Old-Time Stringband Concert with Chicken Train

5:30-7:30 Spotlight On: Singing. Spotlight On is an annual Winter Bluegrass Weekend concert held Saturday evening in the Music & Dance Hall (lower level) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and hosted by Phil Nusbaum. Each year, it features a different slice of local music and it is not necessarily bluegrass. This year’s theme is vocal group music and features the Balkan-centered Mila Vocal Ensemble, singers of sea chanteys and related sea songs The Eddies, and the local Sacred Harp singing group.

8:00-10:30 Square Dance with music by Chicken Train and dances taught and called by Corey Mohan


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To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.

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