I’m teaching at my fourth fiddle camp this summer at the O’Connor Method Camp in Charleston, SC and I couldn’t feel further away from snow. However, with fiddles, amazing friends and some of the best food in the country I couldn’t be happier. I managed to ski every month November – July in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. I did get my fair share of summer skiing and it was awesome. Next week, I’ll be at Rustic Roots, primitive music camp, in our third year (and I’m the director!) Check out our camp at www.rusticroots.net
I’m really excited for some upcoming ski videos which are almost done (including the skiing fiddler music video!) and in the meantime I want to post a little taste of that with an old time Cripple Creek, and another Montana ski video while I’m at it. I did ski an entire run while playing fiddle at Silverton Mountain, Colorado, where every single trail is double black..
Thanks to the fine musicians in the Bozeman based bluegrass band “Flatt Cheddar” I was able to meet a fine banjo player and skier named Andrew Schauer. He showed me around a couple of his favorite areas on and near Bridger Bowl after we played tunes the night before. It was a beautiful sunny day that turned into a snowstorm by the time we were skiing down the final zone. We begin this blog with 2 photos: the first, a dog playing the mandolin. the second, a nice panoramic view from the Bridger Bowl Ridge. And finally, a video proving that I did go skiing! I dug the music from out of the archives – Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers collaborating with Fribo at Celtic Connections in Glasgow last year! The amazing guitarist Ewan MacPherson wrote this tune “Soft as Snow on Shore Street.” Ewan, if I got that title wrong, I suppose my Scottish accent interpretation is a wee bit off, and maybe you’re better off with this version? Great tune regardless.
Since my last post, a lot has happened, including getting sidelined with a 24-hour bug in Missoula, (I was lucky enough to be in a warm bed at the house of fiddle student Carl and Becky the doctor) My Dad is back in Boston, I’m back in the world of the living and have been enjoying great skiing! Touring in and around Bridger Bowl near Bozeman was powdery and now I’m in Big Sky with my awesome ski buddy Nick!
The internet has been slow so I’m playing catch up with my videos – here’s the 2nd and last day of skiing Whitefish with my Dad. We couldn’t believe it was even more powder filled than the first!
After about 3000 miles of driving east to west, I’ve finally arrived in Montana!!! I met my Dad, Dave Reiner (see www.reinerfamilyband.com) in Missoula, MT and we drove together north for a couple hours, ending up at Whitefish! Just in time for our arrival, it’s been snowing by the foot! Today was tough on visibility but big on fresh snow and fun!
The music is myself playing the fiddle, improvising with my new looper. Thanks to String Theory Luthiery – Josh Rieck and Phil Bennett for the amazing opportunity to play in the space in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!
This trip has been really amazing so far, from last week skiing at Jackson and Targhee with my great friend Nick Economou, to now my Montana portion. Playing apres-ski at Moonlight Basin last Saturday was totally great, and I’m looking forward to playing there again this upcoming Sat. Feb 25th from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Headwaters Grille. I’m staying in a cabin in a canyon on the Gallatin River, and started playing my fiddle and happened to push record on my phone. What you hear in the audio file below is an improvised tune that I’m calling the Gallatin Waltz!
Here’s the view from my cabin!
picking my way down through the rocks, my first day skiing in Montana. Whoa! this hike was super gnarly…