Cold? Try some "Spice on Snow."
February 11, 2019 2:54 PM   Subscribe

The Freight Hoppers: "Fort Smith Breakdown." Alex Kehler and Jeremiah McLane: "Le Pruneau" on accordion and nyckleharpa. Dana and Susan Robinson: "The Flying Farmer." Mike Merenda and Ruthy Unger: "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Ida Mae Specker, Rachel Eddy and Brian Slattery: "Boil Them Cabbage Down" and "Big-Eyed Rabbit."
posted by mandolin conspiracy (9 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Just saying.....missing mandolin.....but cannot access first link so maybe it'shidden there. Good stuff that's worth a listen!
posted by mightshould at 3:53 PM on February 11

It’s in there. Keep looking...
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:13 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

I can remember "Boil Them Cabbage Down" being sung at Grandma's house. (Although it wasn't as popular as "Take An Old Cold Tater And Wait.")
posted by The Underpants Monster at 4:54 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

Oh fuck yes, that fiddler in the first video taught me to play music. They're playing approximately twice as fast as it's supposed to be played, and that is a transcendent feeling.
posted by twoplussix at 5:15 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

whereas the last video is approximately half speed. You can't really square dance to that.
posted by twoplussix at 5:15 PM on February 11

well, maybe I'm lying a little about half speed. It matters in this music.

Here's how it actually goes:

Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham doing Big Eyed Rabbit, Round Peak style
posted by twoplussix at 5:17 PM on February 11

Oh hello, my people!
posted by Polyhymnia at 5:52 AM on February 12 [2 favorites]

The music is ... OK. But I really like these people, I wish they were my neighbors.
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:30 AM on February 12

Yay Montpelier! I don't usually get to see much of the Spice on Snow Festival, so it's great that there's video.

I go to old-timey jams whenever I can (which is unfortunately not that often), and I love playing with Dana Robinson. So much energy.
Last jam I played in was on the Sunday of the festival, and Dana & Susan were there, along with Rachel Eddy, the fiddle player from 'The Freight Hoppers', and others.

Dana is the executive director of The Summit School (of Traditional Music and Culture), which puts on the festival.
Here's two more from this year- Green Mountain Playboys & Kelli Jones & Joel Savoy
posted by MtDewd at 11:34 AM on February 12

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