Our favorite radio station is KUNI at FM 91, a part of Iowa Public Radio. They have good music weekday afternoons and various weekend times, and Live from Studio One with touring and local folk/singer-songwriter/celtic/etc musicians on Monday evening at 7.
Legion Arts (CSPS) brings a lot of good touring performers to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Karen plays hammered dulcimer (see also about dulcimers, and Photos)
She sings and plays with the Deep Dish Divas ( facebook) (You Tube)
Bill does fiddle accompaniment and occasional harmonica.
Some of the groupings out of a large bunch of area musicians we've played with are:
The Ridgerunners (barn dance music)
Tim's Hooligans (celtic)
Pete Kies and Solid Spruce (original songs, old ballads, celtic and fiddle tunes)
Karen has also played backup for Glenn Lonsdale, a fine balladeer and very prolific writer.
We sometimes got to jam with the members of area bands hOly caTz and the Wild Shoemongers
In the last few years we've played at
Indian Creek Nature Center (Honey Festival and Maple Syrup Festival,
Monticello Heritage Center,
Town festivals (pictures are from the day RAGBRAI went through Deep River),
Linn Co. History Center,
All Things Scottish day at Usher's Ferry,
The former Mooney Hollow Barn Dance
A bar gig here and there,
Earth Day at Mt. Vernon park
A political rally the governor of Iowa spoke at,
Fundraiser for Project Children
The Fiddlers Picnic,
Private parties and organization dinners,
Civil War reenacters' ball (several times),
Dubuque Co. Historical Society ice cream social at the Ham House
Jakway Septemberfest in a Buchanan County park
The barn dance at Scattergood School
Dances at Morningstar in Fairfield, Iowa
sessions and Jams
are fun, and several (for mostly acoustic music) occur in the area
Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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FB & Co at Waubeek, usually the first Saturday of the month 8 PM
(kinda smoky and noisy but an appreciative crowd),
Whittier community center on second Saturday (quieter and very friendly),
Sunday afternoons at the Stone City General Store.
The annual fall Fiddlers Picnic in Iowa City is a great place to listen and jam.
Link to Dulcimer pictures
Bill trying to play and adjust the at the same time (not recommended)
Updated: 2017 Feb 21