After only five lessons, the Riverside Folk Minstrels are already sounding great together! In this video you will see them jamming on “Boil Them Cabbage Down,” an old-time favorite for bluegrass pickers. We are working our way through the bluegrass/folk canon during this ten-week session. The most thrilling part of our sessions is hearing from parents that the minstrels are playing at home and enjoying music together. Part of our mission is to help bring music back to family culture–front porches, back yards, and living rooms! Music brings joy to the home and we hope that we will inspire our minstrels to do just that. Next year we plan to expand our music genres and add more teachers. Please spread the word!
These days we are working on the following songs:
Dear Old Sunny South By the Sea- Jimmy Rodgers
Wagon Wheel- Old Crow Medicine Show
East Virginia Blues- The Carter Family
Boil Them Cabbage Down- Anonymous
Can the Circle Be Unbroken- The Carter Family
Last week, Rachel Monroe, a fantastic music teacher and trombonist, joined us for the jam. All of a sudden, a bit of New Orleans added a wonderful flavor to the folk session. A great example of horns adding great tone to folk music is Bruce Springsteen’s album: Seeger Sessions.