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Bluegrass and Buckdancing: Day 5

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Tonight we, four of the writers of this week's retreat at Doe Branch Ink, took the meandering dirt road down the mountain to the main drag of Marshall, NC, where on Thursdays nights at Zuma Coffee there is a weekly bluegrass jam session.  

By 7 p.m. ten musicians had assembled — with fiddles, banjos, guitars, a bass and a piano.  Six men, three women, and a pigtailed fiddling eight-year-old girl.  Often the players include Bobby Hicks, formerly of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, now fiddling with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  The pickup ensemble tonight did just fine without him. 

Bold Moves:

*A guy who looked like Willy Nelson stood up alone and started the buck dancing (which is a lot like clogging) in the open space near the cash register.

*The little girl played lead fiddle on Tennessee Waltz.

*Ten people played pickup music in front of an audience; as the fiddler in the green shirt explained: they practice while they're performing.

*One of the writers who attended is so prone to carsickness that she had to take dramamine for the weaving 30 minute ride; she came anyway.

On the way out the door I put down the take-out I was carrying and joined the dancers for one round, as did the aforementioned writer. A born flatlander, I once took clogging lessons at a Y, and only know two steps and tonight I forgot one of them. Even so, it was so much fun that I wished I'd danced all night.  Next time…!

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  • November 4, 2011 at 9:45 am Reply

    let the music keep your spirits high , even if you must dance .  Aiki

  • November 4, 2011 at 10:58 am Reply

    Fun. Wish you'd caught some of the dancing! 

    • November 4, 2011 at 11:03 am Reply

      On the video, Peg? I didn’t shoot this myself, got it off Youtube; I did look for one that showed dancing at Zuma. Couldn’t find it. That would have been nice.

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