Bog standard performance of rock solid standards of the Auvergnat set. I play these with Le Bon Truc. My approach is essentially pretending I’m playing a one row. Going for the primitive.
Some great photos taken by daughter Brigid of our Mayo Street gig in Portland. Blue light. Who knew? Le Bon Truc is Gary Chapin, Barbara Truex, and Steve Gruverman
|Our trio at work|
|Dulcimer, Barbara Truex|
|Dancer, Marie Wendt|
|Clarinet hands. Like jazz hands, but cooler|
|“So, what are we playing next?”|
|We love each other.|
Yesterday, Le Bon Truc played at the Cafe at the Armory in Somerville, MA. It’s a great space and it was a great short set. We shared the evening with a fantastic Afro-Cuban-Brazilian drum and voice ensemble. They were mesmerizing. A friend in the audience shot some video on her phone and it came out damn good! She posted them on Facebook, so I can’t embed. Here are some links:
- D’r Maia (Alsatian)
- Hanter dro/An dro (Breton)
- The Western Sun (Waltz by Barbara Truex, questionable banter by me)
- Dodo Beline/Skye Boat Song
- Sliding into Last Base (nee Dill Waters Run Steep, waltz by Gary Chapin)
- J’ai Faim Toujors
|The other Le Bon Truc Trio!|
Quite the week for music and the squeezy stuff. Three rehearsals in the space of seven days, preparing for three different gigs. The quintet Nouveau Chapeau is preparing for NEFFA, as mentioned in a previous post. The Le Bon Truc Trio (with Steve on clarinet), is preparing for the Downeast Country Dance Festival (called DEFFA, but the acronym doesn’t quite seem to work). The other Le Bon Truc Trio (with Joelle Morris singing) is preparing for a performance at a French immersion school here in Maine.
L’Autre Bon Truc Trio: Rehearsal Compilation
Because I take a phenomenological approach to the box — as should we all — I enjoy sharing my process warts and all. Barbara Truax (Le Bon Truc plectrist and percussionismo) recorded our rehearsal this Saturday. It’s embedded above, and you can hear us — having not played for a year — finding our way back into collaboration. It’s clunky at moments, but it was really a good time. Enjoy.
|Barb and Gary rehearsing. Steve is off to the
left, also rehearsing.
On May 29, Le Bon Truc Trio (Steve Gruverman, Barb Truex, and myself) presented a concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Augusta, Maine. Barb recorded the evening and it came out great! So, I’ll be posting those recordings sur le blog. Here are two waltzes, each composed by a band member.
Saturday Night in St. Andrew is a beautiful waltz composed by Barb Truex. The dulcimer is well featured, but the accordion comes in and the trio as a whole really shines.
Saturday Night in St. Andrews by Le Bon Truc
Dill Waters Run Steep is a fast waltz I wrote many years ago, but which I still find very fun to play. People who haven’t been playing it for fifteen years seem to find it intriguing. Notice that I’ve left in the false start. It goes on for quite a while as I try to get back on the rails. Finally, I bring the festivities to a halt and restart. Just a little bit “you were there” verisimilitude!
Dill Waters Run Steep by Le Bon Truc