Big Fiddle Show / Camp Possum Newsletter for November 11, 2020

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We’re doing seven live streams this week, including instructional session for fiddle, mandolin & guitar, The Wednesday Night Session, The Ukulele Tiki Partay Tune, The Big Fiddle Show Tiki Partay & Camp Possum on Saturday.

Camp Possum Wednesday Nite Session – 8:00 PM CT. CLICK HERE!

CLICK FOR THE BIG FIDDLE SHOW 8:00 PM Central Friday Night!

It’s an all Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes program. We’ll play some you know and maybe some you don’t. Someone’s going to win “Cole’s on the Mount”. The Tiki tune of the week is Darling Nelly Gray from 1858. Our special musical guest will be Ryan Jacobs from way up in Newfoundland. We’re playing a bunch of tunes for your enjoyment. Join in a mix of American and Canadian fiddle tunes. Chat with us on-line. Make requests via the Hotline (847) 920-7587 or message us at

The Ukulele Tiki Partay tune of the Week is a song from 1858 – Darling Nelly Gray. Join the old flip-flop wearing castaway for a quick lesson on this tune and then play along during the Big Fiddle Show Tiki Partay Friday night. 11:00 AM Central on Friday. CLICK HERE! 

CLICK HERE FOR CAMP POSSUM 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Saturday

We’re going to be playing a great hoe-down in C Breakdown from the central Ozarks region of Missouri. Notably, it was played by an African-American fiddler, Bill Driver, who was from the town of Iberia. The tune was first documented by R. P. Christeson in a field recording session in the 1950s.

Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ll refer you to this excellent article on Bill Driver for historical information.

Here’s a version we included in the 366 Fiddle Tunes project.

Then we’ll have our jam session from our growing collection of Camp Possum tunes!

Instructional Livestreams for Camp Possum

All livestreams are 11:00 AM Central Time. Immediately after they are archived and available at Fiddle is on Tuesday, mandolin on Wednesday & guitar back-up on Thursday. Just click the pic to go to the lesson of your choice. The livestreams will continue to be public during the “troubles”, but to review lesson in archive you need to be a patron. Join today!


The Big Fiddle Show now has a discord server.

What is discord?? It’s an online service that permits the creation of a community of folks with a similar interest. In this case, patrons & fans of the Big Fiddle Show. Think of it as Facebook without the toxicity and advertising.

What can you do with it. There are text channels you can use it to find out what’s going on with Camp Possum, The Big Fiddle Show and also new and featured offerings on our Patreon. You can post and comment. Most importantly you can share and interact with other members of the server directly. There are even voice channels which you can pop onto and share live video with other members to show something you’ve learned, share a new tune, etc. The best part is none of it is public. It’s only available to members of the server.

There is a free public space and patron-only areas. Check it out by clicking the logo below. If you’re a patron connect to discord with your Patreon account to gain full access.

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