The Hoosier Hotcakes
Our album “Fresh from the Market” is available from us, at cdbaby.com, or on iTunes. We recorded at studio V here in Bloomington. To get a feel for our live performance you can view some photos taken by our friend Kevin Atkins at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. We enjoy playing for festivals, reunions, house parties, weddings, and anywhere our down-home family-friendly music is needed. There are also some YouTube videos of us in performance at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market
I play banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and sing. Eileen plays her wide variety of limberjacks and sings harmony on our extensive selection of tasty roots music.
Joe Dawson was a local fiddler who first learned from his father while growing up in the Salt Creek valley. His unusual versions of common tunes and unique fingering make Joe’s tunes a great resource for roots music. These are not hifi recordings, done with a little cassette player in his living room, but you get the feel for Joe’s unique fiddling style. They are all mp3s under a meg in size.
Billy in the Lowground Joe’s unique version
Corder Tune A variation of Too Young to Marry
Paddy Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cidar?
Double Lick Clog (Also known as Wilson’s Clog as played by the Hammons Family of West Virginia, and as the The Rustic Dance.)
Lotus was a good friend, and I was lucky to have seconded him on guitar or banjo while he played fiddle for dances and parties. His spirit lives on in the music and life truths he taught us. The Lotus site was my first try at web design, back in 1995.
The Lotus Dickey Hometown Reunion was the largest music gathering in Southern Indiana.
I was MC and Webmaster for this annual event on the square in Paoli, Indiana, for five years.
I always loved playing White River Bottoms with Lotus, with its local name and generic tune, it worked great for dances. Lotus learned fiddling with his brother Cyprien, as they perused a book of Irish and Scottish tunes. They also listened to radio, and heard the pop tunes of the era (the 20’s). Here is Cyprien playing Stone Rag. Lotus also loved to sing the old tunes, and had a large repertoire of traditional tunes including Lotus’ favorite, Annie Laurie. Lotus also wrote a multiplicity of songs. He used to say he was the youngest of an old generation, and as such, his lyrics often reflected Victorian speech and attitudes. Blue on Monday was a bit more modern (early 20th century) in that it involves some interesting chord changes and a lot of words. (Thanks to Paul Tyler, aka Dr. Dosido for the recordings.)
The PCB Blues is an album I produced in 1991 to highlight the community’s feelings about the planned PCB incinerator. Fifteen area songwriters offered their talents and there are 16 tunes, now in available for download in MP3 format. Performers include Metamora, Michael White, Ion Man, the Dead Beats, and the Hotcakes.
Highway 69 Revisited
For couple of years, Eileen and I played with
Jake Krack, with his mom, Dara, on guitar. From Jake I learned dozens of tunes from the West Virginia fiddling traditions of Melvin Wine, Lester McCumbers and Bobby Taylor. I created his original website, and played the Lotus Festival with them. I did some of my best five-string playing with Jake, his intensity, focus and friendliness made playing with him a real pleasure. Here are some MP3s recorded at Jake’s 16th birthday party December 16, 2000. There was a circle of musicians playing, including West Virginia master fiddlers Melvin Wine, Lester McCumbers, and Bobby Taylor.
Eileen and I spent a number of years Morris Dancing, here is a picture of us on May Day 2000 in front of Pygmalian’s here in Bloomington. We practiced Jan-May, with the majority of our performances in May, though we always dance for the closing of the Farmer’s Market in October, wearing black instead of our traditional whites. We dance in the tradition of Fieldtown (England), using sticks (to wake the earth) and hankies (to invoke the wind and rain), while the stomping of our feet brings fertility and growth to Southern Indiana.