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Black River Jam is a group of friends that play Old Time Music, in Phoenix Arizona. We play a range of acoustic instruments, including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, upright bass, Irish whistle, ukulele, banjolele, rhythm bones, bodhran, cajon, and washboard. We play a little bit of Irish, Appalachian, and Bluegrass.

Paradise by John Prine | February 2024 After Hours Barn Jam
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Paradise by John Prine | February 2024 After Hours Barn Jam

This was our last practice jam, before the Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival in two weeks. Ice Machine drives this song powerfully, while Songbird, Liltin' Lyn and Montana Mare soften it beautifully. Modal and Sensei take it to a higher level on twin fiddles. Appalachian hits it perfect on upright bass and Lightning does some pickin' on Tom's 5-String Mountain dulcimer. Paradise by John Prine Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival. Saturday March 2nd, 2024 @ 1:30pm + 3pm @ Sahuaro Ranch Park @ Olive Grove. 1:30pm @ The Maintenance Shed (25 min) performance of Black River Jam 3pm @ Olive Grove Come rattle your bones @ Lightning Mike's Rhythm Bones Workshop @ This is a 1-hour workshop & jam session, with Black River Jam providing the musical backdrop. Mike will ask for a couple of volunteers to come up and take a hand at bones playing. Black River Jam: "Ice Machine" Tom Braatelien on guitar + vocals "Modal" Mike on fiddle "Smilin' Kimmie" Wilson on fiddle "Appalachian" Tom Jablinske on banjo + upright bass "Sensei" Harry Zulch on fiddle + upright bass Tryn Rose "Songbird" Seley on vocals + guitar + mountain dulcimer + recorder + percussion "Accordion Lou" Mary Lou Kostecki on accordion + vocals "Jiggin'" Cookie Haas on mandolin + vocals "Montana Mare" Mary Larson on Irish whistle + bodhran + ukulele + vocals "Liltin' Lyn" Carolyn Allenby on vocals + ukulele + banjolele + washboard "Zippy" Jody Halling on fiddle "Lightning" Mike Baxter on rhythm bones + harmonica + dulcimer + bodhran + vocals
Bones Workshop Tunes l Boatman's Dance | February 2024 Barn Jam
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Bones Workshop Tunes l Boatman's Dance | February 2024 Barn Jam

This was our last practice jam, before the Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival, in two weeks. Ice Machine owns this song with his driving rhythm guitar and rustic voice. Lightning is having a ball rattlin' dem bones, while the fiddles and accordion soar on the melody especially on the final verse. This will be a fun tune for folks to play bones to at the Rhythm Bones Workshop & Jam. Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival. Saturday March 2nd, 2024 @ 1:30pm + 3pm @ Sahuaro Ranch Park @ Olive Grove. 1:30pm @ The Maintenance Shed (25 min) performance of Black River Jam 3pm @ Olive Grove Come rattle your bones @ Lightning Mike's Rhythm Bones Workshop @ This is a 1-hour workshop & jam session, with Black River Jam providing the musical backdrop. Mike will ask for a couple of volunteers to come up and take a hand at bones playing. Black River Jam: "Ice Machine" Tom Braatelien on guitar + vocals "Modal" Mike on fiddle "Smilin' Kimmie" Wilson on fiddle "Appalachian" Tom Jablinske on banjo + upright bass "Sensei" Harry Zulch on fiddle + upright bass Tryn Rose "Songbird" Seley on vocals + guitar + mountain dulcimer + recorder + percussion "Accordion Lou" Mary Lou Kostecki on accordion + vocals "Jiggin'" Cookie Haas on mandolin + vocals "Montana Mare" Mary Larson on Irish whistle + bodhran + ukulele + vocals "Liltin' Lyn" Carolyn Allenby on vocals + ukulele + banjolele + washboard "Zippy" Jody Halling on fiddle "Lightning" Mike Baxter on rhythm bones + harmonica + dulcimer + bodhran + vocals

Our band is made up of various musicians that play together as often as we can. We met through Phoenix Old Time Music Society, which many of us are members of. Find us the Glendale Foothills Library twice a month, and at the Glendale Folk Festival every year. We play a variety of tunes from Irish jigs, Scottish reels, waltzes, and polkas, to Appalachian Mountain Music and Old Time favorites.

"Sensei" Harry Zulch | Fiddle
"Smilin' Kimmie" Wilson | Fiddle
"Modal" Mike Fies | Fiddle
Tom "Ice Machine" Braatelien | Guitar
Carolyn Allenby | Vocals + Ukelele
Tryn Rose Seley | Guitar

"Sensei" Harry Zulch
Fiddle + Upright Bass

"Smilin' Kimmie" Wilson
Fiddle

"Modal Mike" Fies
Fiddle

"Ice Machine"
Tom Braatelien

Guitar

"Liltin' Lyn"
Carolyn Allenby

Ukulele + Banjolele + Washboard

Tryn Rose
"Songbird" Seley

Guitar + Recorder + Claves

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"Appalachian" Tom Jablinske
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"Lightning" Mike Baxter | Rhythm Bones

"Montana Mare"
Mary Larson

Irish whistle + Ukulele + Bodhran + Cricket

"Accordion Lou"
Mary Lou Kostecki

Accordion

"Appalachian Tom" Jablinske
Banjo + Upright Bass

"Jiggin' Cookie" Haas
Mandolin

"Lightning Mike" Baxter
Harmonica + Rhythm Bones + Bodhran

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