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Sun., Nov. 9, 2008, 8:35 a.m.

The jams in the hallways…

Good morning, Netizens...

Since wandering through the Spokane Fall Folk Festival nearly always means you will encounter musicians from various disciplines of music “jamming”. What is jamming, some may ask? It is 'an expression used by musicians to describe performing together without a set purpose or itinerary. a 'jam session' is often between musicians who do not usually play together and just play for the fun of it.'

Well, as you have seen, the Fall Folk Festival is about the dance, and is inclusive of all ages and cultures, as it should be. However, when it comes to music, the Fall Folk Festival surrounds itself, immerses itself up to the neck with music of all kinds. It goes one better that after the performers climb off the stage, you can generally find them in the hall jamming with other musicians from professionals to rank amateurs.

In this picture we have a wonderful blending as Arvid Lundin, one of Spokane's most-gifted Celtic fiddle players who hails from a long line of musicians, is jamming in the hallway with a fully-kilted Scottsman blissfully listening to him play. Both his father and uncle, who are now well up in years, have been constant performers in recent years, despite their advanced ages. Carla Carnegie of Crooked Kilt fame is his cousin. So you see, music runs deeply in the veins of this prodigious and totally-gifted family.

Arvid truly can make a fiddle sing, both as a performer and luthier, but what is somewhat infuriating to others, is that he makes it appear so simple which it is not.


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