This summer's tour was one of the most fun tours I have ever been on. What a whirl of performances! From the beginning of June to the middle of August, I performed somewhere around 35-40 times for a variety of events. A number of events involved multiple performances. Below are some photos from tour, but there are many more and I hate to leave any places and performances out, but if I didn't this post would be too long. For more photos of tour, visit http://www.facebook.com/traemcmaken/
I had fun performing at the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park campground, one of five performances I gave for the Boone Society, the Friends of the Cumberland Gap, and the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.
This is a photo of Jim Boynton, Danny Johnston, and me performing on Beaver Island. Performing with older fiddlers like Danny and Jim is alwaysa pleasure.
After a fiddle workshop I taught in Red Deer cabin at the Eve Glen McDonough Folk School, my young fiddler students explore the pathway.
This is a photo of a square dance I fiddled for on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Performing at Ogontz Camp for the Country Dance and Song Society's family week was a blast. I love fiddling for dances. The hall was amazing, and here is a shot during a dance from behind the backdrop constructed of branches.
I performed at the Great Lakes Folk Festival seven times, three solo sets, a banjo showcase, a fiddle showcase, and sat in with Bob Bernard and a couple tunes with Danny and Danny. This is a shot from one of my solo sets.
There were many more performances and I hate to leave any out. For more photos, visit my facebook at http://www.facebook.com/traemcmaken/
Summer tour is going great and full of adventures. Check out the Facebook page for regular updates on our location and shows!
Here's a review from my first gig of summer tour so that folks know what to expect!
"I think sharing the historical and cultural information on this area was of great benefit. I especially enjoyed hearing the 'old' languages that began in the area. I applaud Trae McMaken for his expertise and ability to convey the rich heritage in an interesting and thought-provoking manner."
"Trae McMaken is a storyteller and fiddler extraordinaire. His linguistic and musical skills help to demonstrate a time in history that would be lost without his work. Thank you Trae for sharing the stories of the Yadkin Valley with Yadkin Riverkeeper."
-- Judi Rossabi, Yadkin Riverkeeper Family Fun Day at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, June 7, 2014