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June 21, 2013 - Make Music NY with the triple A String Band at Malt & Mold and the City Reliquary.
June 25, 2013 - Old-Time Jam, Brooklyn Farmacy - Details.
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“Had a Dog is a remarkable CD. Alan has mastered not only the technical aspects of old-time music, but the aesthetics as well… would make a worthy addition to any old-time collection.” -- Newsletter of the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc.
“Alan Friend's singing and instrumentals are awesome! His backup musicians complement his performances perfectly. I highly recommend this CD!” -- Charles Moore, Brooklyn, NY.
"We enjoyed listening several times to the CD you gave us. We really like that CD. The songs and music are really good Old Time, and he has a nice voice.” -- Al Reynolds, Charlottesville, VA.
On "HAD A DOG" Alan performs some well-known as well as some less common songs and tunes from the United States' southern mountains. He sings, plays banjo and guitar, and, on one selection, even concertina, in a fiddle, concertina and guitar instrumental. Several musicians, including a few former and current members of the Chelsea String Band, join him. Featured are Julianne Carney – fiddle; Julia Friend – vocals; Michaela Hamilton – guitar; Bob Malenky – guitar; Dorothy Moore – fiddle; Robbie Wedeen – vocals, guitar.
ALAN FRIEND has been playing banjo, guitar and concertina, and singing traditional songs from America and the British Isles for many years. He is a member of the New York City-based old-time band "The Chelsea String Band" and formerly of the contra dance band "The Contrapolitans." He was a founding member of the former old-time band “Steal the Donut” and the traditional singing group "Buttermilk Channel." Alan has performed in concert solo and with numerous bands and singing groups at festivals such as the New Jersey Folk Festival, West Virginia’s Pipestem Festival, the Park Slope Old-Time/ Bluegrass Jamboree, the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), the Northeast Music Art and Dance Festival (NOMAD), the Kings County Opry, the Eisteddfod-NY Festival of Traditional Music and the Brooklyn Folk Festival. He has also played at coffee houses from Montreal to Washington, D.C., on local radio stations and at numerous community events. Alan gives banjo, traditional ballad, old-time string band and group singing workshops as well. He is a contributing writer for the Banjo Newsletter. Alan's recently released CD, “Had a Dog,” features songs and old-time tunes from the southern mountains, with guests on fiddle, guitar and harmony vocals. Alan is an Executive Board member and past President of the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc., also known as the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
|Old-Time Banjo||Alan gives private old-time banjo lessons, both clawhammer and finger picking styles, to beginning and intermediate level students. He gears the lessons to the proficiency and preferences of the student. Depending on what the student already knows, Alan may start with the basics and then move on to various left and right hand techniques such as the hammer-on, pull-off, slide, drop-thumb, pinch and simple roll. He teaches these in the context of actual old-time tunes, so that the student comes away with an ever growing repertoire. Alan stresses learning the traditional old-time way, by ear, but also gives tablature.|
|Traditional Ballads||Alan presents traditional ballads from the United States and the British Isles. He accompanies some on the banjo, guitar or concertina, and sings others a cappella.|
|Clawhammer Banjo||This is a hands-on old-time clawhammer banjo workshop for beginning or intermediate players, depending on the level of the participants. For beginners, Alan starts out with the very basics, and then adds various techniques such as the hammer-on, pull-off, slide and drop-thumb. He presents additional, more advanced material for intermediate players. Old-time tunes using these techniques are taught both by ear and with tablature.|
|Old-Time Jamming Essentials||Alan leads an old-time jamming session. The primary purpose of this "ensemble" instrumental activity is to learn how to have fun playing with other musicians. Participants are encouraged to actively listen to one another in order to create a great old-time band sound. Particular attention is paid to tempo and instrumental blend. Mostly standard tunes are played, starting at a slow tempo and playing up to speed as the participants become comfortable with the tune. More advanced tunes are chosen for sessions with more experienced participants.|
|Starting with the premise that everyone can enjoy singing, Alan starts by introducing songs with simple, easy-to-learn choruses. Participants are encouraged to sing the melody and add harmony lines as a song becomes familiar. Attendees are encouraged to contribute their own favorite songs as well. Songs are done by ear, without written music. Primarily, traditional songs, rather than commerical pop songs, are done.|
Next jam 6/25/13
|Wanna JAM? Alan leads an Old-Time jam from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain every other Tuesday. CONTACT ALAN TO BE SURE IT'S ON! Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. and play old-time music at this warm, friendly venue. Acoustic instruments only--- no electric ones. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize while you’re here, as well. The Farmacy is located at 513 Henry St. (at Sackett St.) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Info: Contact Alan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (718) 965-4074.|