Our concerts “for grown-ups” remain an important part of what we do. We first began playing together because of a mutual interest in old blues. Over the years, we’ve expanded the repertoire to include old-time country songs; fiddle tunes; Cajun songs and tunes; New Orleans flavored music; jug band and novelty numbers; swing standards; British ballads; Irish and Scottish songs and fiddle tunes; Bluegrass songs; and, last but not least, banjo/washboard breakdowns.
Our repertoire is nothing if not varied. Our criteria for choosing material is that if we like the music, and think we can do it justice, we’ll try it. Fox and Branch have played at many festivals, community events, weddings, parties and senior centers. Our aim is to entertain and to draw people together to enjoy what we have in common.
American Roots Music – Workshops
The kind of music we play is best passed on in person, and we are always glad to teach groups some of what we know about music. All of our workshop offerings are flexible, in terms of how many participants are involved and how much time is available. We would also be happy to discuss any questions about a potential workshop that you might have.
Workshops we offer include:
Acoustic Blues Guitar
We share tips and techniques when playing old blues songs. Different styles of blues, including Mississippi blues, Piedmont style blues, Texas blues, jug band accompaniment, and blues from the southern mountains are covered. Blending two guitars is demonstrated. This workshop is designed for intermediate guitarists.
Here are folk songs that an entire group can do together. They include rounds, group choruses and simple harmonies. We provide instrumental accompaniment for some songs, while others are done acapella. The tradition of singing together is an old one, and we enjoy leading people of all ages during this workshop.
A Bouquet of Fiddle Tunes
Rags, waltzes, polkas, marches, schottisches, blues, and breakdowns are all part of the fiddler’s repertoire. We play varied, easy to follow tunes on fiddle with banjo or guitar accompaniment. This workshop opens up the world of traditional American fiddling.