|Owen Marshall, Mia Friedman and Ari Friedman|
3/14/13 at Ashland Coffee and Tea - Photo by Kay Landry
Because I'm not good at picking up new tunes on the spot and/or playing by ear, we mostly stuck to tunes I could already kinda play. Some that we did included Coleman's March, Out on the Ocean, My Love is in America, Nail the Catfish to the Tree, Twin Sisters and Silver Spear. Going from style to style and key to key with no restrictions.
We only played for an hour or so, but it was an extremely positive experience that will help push forward this hobby that has now become an obsession. It was a pleasure meeting these musicians and I would say look out for Ari and Mia Friedman with Owen Marshall if they are playing in your area, and/or Owen's Irish traditional band from Portland, ME called The Press Gang. (Check back soon for a review of their CD).
You may also want to check them out as potential instructors at Maine Fiddle Camp or elsewhere. Mia's singing and fiddling was sensational, Ariel's cello seemed to be divine, and Owen Marshall's guitar accompaniment and lead playing puts him in a category with the world's best. They made Maine Fiddle Camp sound like it was awesome, and I wouldn't mind some more exposure to that New England style of playing!