About us . . . well, . . .
. . . we grew up in the NY Capital District
area, in music and dance-influenced families, and live on the remains of a
small apple orchard in upstate, NY.
We joined our music and lives in marriage a few years after meeting; sang in coffeehouses and churches for a few more years, and after inheriting Jim's grandmother's violin, discovered traditional fiddle music. I switched from playing guitar to learning fiddle. After attending a few local traditional fiddle music jam sessions with Fiddlers Tour, Jim was asked by Tour jam leader (and dance caller)
Paul Rosenberg, to play for an upcoming community/family dance. With his strong "boom-chuck" rhythm, Jim immediately became the guitarist for the band, Tame Rutabaga. A few years later, we added in the fiddle, as well as mandolin and tenor banjo, and The FireFlies Band was born.
We honed our playing skills over the years, gathering new tunes at jams, and writing new ones. We played in various bands along the way; from an old-time fiddle band to contra and community dance bands, adding music to many events throughout Eastern New York and Western New England.
Still, we enjoy the freedom and fun of being a duo -- playing for the sheer joy of making music. If one person cracks a smile, dances a jig, or just moves a toe to the beat -- it's worth the moment. There's nothing like watching people react to live music; react to something we've just created. It gets into their feet, then works its way up to a smile. It brings us joy to see others enjoy what we do.
We're still learning, and we hope that everyone finds their own musical journey to be as much fun.
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A Few Words About Jamming
Can't say enough about jamming with other musicians, especially with those who are
more advanced in ability. Years of jamming is how we developed the list of hundreds of
tunes we play, as well as increased our abilities on our own instruments.
It's a great way to boost your tune knowledge, pick up different
styles or versions of tunes, learn new playing techniques (by listening/watching others around you), and meet good folks.
Traditional music is all about learning and passing on what you've learned. Music
has been handed down through generations, from back porches and kitchens, to
pubs and taverns around the world.
All we can say is -- find your
instrument, follow your musical dream, and pass it on.