Author Archives: barry

Two Loose Pegs. A day at the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market

We had a great time at the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market on Labor Day Weekend. The weather was cool, the market packed, the people fun and friendly, and the smell of delicious food all around. What more could you ask for a Sunday morning.

Would you like to see us at your local farm market? Tell your market organizer you want Two Loose Pegs at your market. Remember: Buy Local!

Burn’s Night at Aqus Cafe

Mark your calendars! We’ll be playing for the Burn’s Night Celebration at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

It was a great event last year. Superb food, good people, and lots of fun. I don’t know when tickets will be available, but it should be soon. I’ll let you know how to get yours as soon as I know. Seating is limited. Check back here for more information.

Street Performers and the city of Santa Rosa

I spent tonight at the city council meeting because I heard that they would be discussing permitting street musicians to play in the city. (…and it was hot and a really good excuse for not going to Aikido class, again. Sorry Isaiah).

Santa Rosa currently has a noise ordinance on the books that prevents playing music, or making noise with the intent to attract attention, anywhere in the city without an event permit, which would set you back $75 a day. (We found this out a couple years ago when we tried to play downtown and were greeted by police before we could take our instruments out of the cases).

The addition to the code discussed tonight would allow musicians and other street performers to obtain a free permit to play in the city as long as they obeyed some simple rules. The council voted unanimously, with one member absent, to approve the new permit. Aaron spent a lot of time working to get this done. (See Bohemian article here).

On the whole this is a lot better that the previous ordinance, if you can ignore the fact that we’re being asked to give up our first amendment right for the privilege of applying for a permit to express ourselves.

Pretty Maid Milking the Cow

We plan to have a tune of the week (or maybe the month…or some other interval yet to be determined) and share some of our favorite tunes. Maybe even encourage people to play them at the local sessions?  Well, yesterday, at the second Sunday session at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati, we played a tune called “Pretty Maid Milking the Cow”. Except for the title, it was completely different in every way from the tune I know by that name. I found the version I know in a book called Das Grosse Fiddle Buch that I bought in Germany many years ago.

[Edit: The tune only sounded completely different to me. According to Roxanne, the A part is the same as the waltz, The Pretty Girl Milking the Cow, that she played, but with minor accompaniment, but the B part had few similarities.]

Here’s a pdf of the sheet music: The Pretty Girl Milking the Cow
(I may have changed things a bit from the book).

Here’s a sample of just the melody:

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You can listen to a full version here. (It’s the last song in the first sample playlist).

Anyone have alternate versions of this tune by the same name? Leave us a comment.

I use Lilypond for my music transcription. Click Here for the Lilypond code

San Fransisco Scottish Fiddlers in Vallejo

Would you like to see scores of fiddlers playing? This is your chance! We’ll be playing with the San Fransisco Scottish Fiddlers in Vallejo July 10th, 2010, as part of Vallejo Art & Concerts in the Park Summer Music Series. Outside at Children’s Wonderland on 360 Glenn Street. Performance from 12:00 to 2:00. Admission: $2 (that’s right, two dollars).

Midsummer Celebration at Freya Lodge

A big thank you to all the fine folks we had the pleasure of meeting and playing for at the Sons of Norway Freya Lodge in Santa Rosa. Everyone was so friendly, the food was great, and we’re very happy to have had a reason to add some Norwegian and Scandinavian tunes to our repertoire.

Two Loose Pegs at the Sons of Norway Freya Lodge in Santa Rosa

Isaiah and Barry playing at the Sons of Norway Freya Lodge, in Santa Rosa