West Philly Square Dance

The West Philly Square Dance happens monthly on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.  Live old-time music, all dances are called, and everyone is welcome.  My friends Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey of Hoot and Holler were the band this past Friday along with dance caller Donna Hunt, so I decided to do a... Continue Reading →


Folk Dance in Budapest

"Táncház, which translates as "dance house" is "a "casual" Hungarian folk dance event (as opposed to stage performances). It is an aspect of the Hungarian roots revival of traditional culture which began in the early 1970s, and remains an active part of the national culture across the country, especially in cities like Budapest. The term is derived from a... Continue Reading →

  Indianapolis based Jason Hathaway describes his music as Folk'n'Blues and I think that description is just about right.  His acoustic and electric performances are full of energy, fun, and a bit of music history about the songs as well.  I'm happy to say Jason and I go way back as college buddies in Terre Haute,... Continue Reading →

It's been a while since I've posted, but a lot has been going on.  I've been working on a new film project: Hoosier Fiddlers: A Documentary Celebrating Indiana's Fiddle Traditions.  The film is currently in production and I am spending lots of time interviewing and recording fiddlers from around the state.  It has been a lot of... Continue Reading →

Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention

After Clifftop, I was going to go home, but why not hit another festival? I headed over to the Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, VA.  These two festivals were pretty different: Clifftop = woodsy camp with small stage in a field & mostly old-time.  Galax (click for lovely photos from VirginiaFolklife.org) = you drive up and see a huge... Continue Reading →


After 2 years of failed attempts (car problems, etc.) I finally made it to Clifftop in West Virginia for the old-time music festival.  The official name is The Appalachian String Band Festival but everyone refers to it as Clifftop.  It is old-time jamming overload and it was wonderful!  I really appreciate being at a festival where... Continue Reading →

If you love folk music, the question is not "Should I go to Budapest?" but rather "Have I checked the airfares today?".   I was introduced to Hungarian folk music through folklorist friend David Stanley while visiting him in Budapest.  On any night of the week there is an amazing number of concerts and events... Continue Reading →

Mariachi @ Adobo Grill, 110 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Every Thursday at Adobo Grill Mariachi Sol Jalisciense performs from 6:30-9 p.m.-(which is also 1/2 price margarita night). Conversation is easy as the band plays with no amplification.  I love that Mariachi Sol Jalisciense  are great musicians and true entertainers- they sometimes stroll the restaurant to serenade tables and celebrate birthdays.  The guitarist, Alex, said the band they... Continue Reading →


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