gaia's garden • santa rosa ca • 11 apr 2012
"We are a talented group of instrumentalists playing the traditional dance music of central France on unusual instruments, including the hurdy gurdy, button accordion, and French bagpipe, as well as the more familiar piano accordion, fiddle, pennywhistle and guitar."
This is delightful folk music from the villages in the center of France, and French villagers have danced to it for hundreds of years. You'll also probably hear some Parisian musette music, which some of us play.
We are a "session", which is not the same thing as a performing band. We don't know in advance what tunes we will play, and we don't rehearse together. Instead, we rely on our musicianship and knowledge of the genre to choose and play tunes on the fly. It's spontaneous, relaxed and participatory. (Talk to Mitch if you play an appropriate instrument and want to participate).
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Santa Rosa French Folk Music Session
We'll be playing at Gaia's Garden Restaurant, 7-9 PM, on the SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Please try their wonderful international vegetarian buffet while you listen to music you likely won't find elsewhere!
what next - label: Hurdy Gurdy
my hurdy gurdy playlist on YouTube