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National Old Time Music Festival in Siouxland, Le Mars, Part 3

22 Sep

Within a seven day span there is a lot of music happening at the National Old Time Music Festival in Siouxland in Le Mars and which this and other posts can barely do justice. But it’s a nice event, geared for families and people who want to relax and hear some old timey music in an outdoor setting, weather permitting.

Visitors listen to some gospel singing during the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Musicians coordinate with one another to play back up for each other during the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A number of performing coming from around the U.S. and other countries as well, to share their talent and play with others as each does his or her job in keeping alive music of another generation and era.

David Green, Avoca, second from right, sings and is accompanied by Terri Avery, Rowan, far left, Ed Tryon, Sioux City, second from left, and Fred Larson, South Omaha, NE, right, at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Visitors listen to David Green, Avoca, second from right, sing and accompanied by Terri Avery, Rowan, far left, Ed Tryon, Sioux City, second from left, and Fred Larson, South Omaha, NE, right at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And with the talent that attends the festival the music has a good chance of remaining important and relevant in many people’s lives for years to come.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

National Old Time Music Festival in Siouxland, Le Mars, Part 2

14 Sep

 

The National Old Time Music Festival is an interesting find in Siouxland in that so many people make their way to a small community like Le Mars to attend. One such couple came from the Queensland area of Australia, Lloyd and Sue Back. He does folksy story telling through his songs and has produced a few albums and was receiving recognition at the festival and so they decided to attend. They said they were a little taken aback after their finally arrived in Le Mars because there was no taxi service and it took a little doing to get from their motel to the fairgrounds where the festival takes place. But being a small town, they found someone willing to drop them off as it was on their way to their own destination.

Lloyd Back, of Queensland, Austrailia performs at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Another gentleman who travels and performs but calls Austin, TX, home was relaxing before playing again. Barry Schmick talked about his love of his harmonicas and did a short demonstration as explained how each has its own particular niche. And one could tell he loves to play and hang with like-minded people as he could find at the festival.

Barry Schmick, Austin, TX, demonstrates some of his harmonicas at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Barry Schmick, Austin, TX, demonstrates some of his harmonicas at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Barry Schmick, Austin, TX, demonstrates some of his harmonicas at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Then it’s always a treat to see “local” people perform such as Elaine Peacock of Elk Point, SD, that is in Siouxland proper. Elaine quit her “real” job a few years ago to pursue full time her lover of music and has not looked back. You will see her performing around the area as well as donating her talent to fundraisers to help her local community. And she is always making new friends as people volunteer to play while she sings.

Elaine Peacock, Elk Point, SD, center, sings and is accompanied by other musicians during the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Elaine Peacock, Elk Point, SD, center, sings and is accompanied by other musicians during the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

There is such a feeling of family at the festival as people renew their acquaintances from previous years and make new friends. And probably make plans to see one another again at the next year’s get together.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Musicians and visitors alike renew old friendships at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Vern Billingsley, Wyoming, center right on fiddle, performs with some friends at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Visitors two-step to the music during a session at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

National Old Time Music Fest in Siouxland, Le Mars Part 1

10 Sep

Again this year the National Old Time Music Festival stopped by in Le Mars, Iowa for a week of traditional music that covers a lot or area. And of course people from all over attended both as musicians playing and people attending to listen. It’s a joy that such an event takes place in Siouxland and fun to hear the various styles of music performed by a variety of people.

 

The day I attended midweek saw fewer people attending than I remember when I last visited in 2015. But the audience still enjoyed what they saw and the performers who entertained them.

Laurie Miller, left, of Berkeley, CA, Cynthia DeMarco, center, of Boone, and Teressa Franklin of Wood River, NE performing at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Nancy and Allen Jenson of Heron Lake, MN, center left and right, perform and are accompanied by Mike Rysdal, seated left, Sioux City, Cozette Hemen, Alcester, SD, far right, and Terry Durr, Le Mars, seated back right at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Visitors listen to Wee Willie, right, perform with some friends at the 43rd annual National Old Time Music Festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And I had heard that the entire production of the festival may make a permanent move to Fremont, NE. Bob and Sheila Everhart began the festival a couple of decades ago keeping alive the tradition of playing live old time music.

There were so many performers that I will visit some more of them in the next few days, enjoying hearing live music waft over an open area on a nice summer’s day with some good folk who sat back and enjoyed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Finding Inspiration in Siouxland, Le Mars

29 Nov

Late summer I attended the 41st Annual National Old Time Music Festival held in Le Mars, Iowa. It’s a nice event and fun to see and hear various musicians performing and just jamming together. Two performers I came across took me by surprise. The two women, Elaine Peacock and Isabel Trobaugh, are residents of Elk Point, SD, only a few miles from Le Mars.

Isabel Trobaugh performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association's music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Isabel Trobaugh performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association’s music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Elaine Peacock performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association's music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Elaine Peacock performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association’s music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The surprising aspect of meeting them is hearing that they are living out their dream of performing music.

Often people find inspiration from their teachers, parents, coaches, celebrities, military, police and fire personnel, and even politicians. A national politician who made the rounds during the Iowa caucus season in 2015 said his hero and inspiration came from a person name Cordell Walker, Texas Ranger. A fictitious character created and portrayed by actor Chuck Norris, who during one of the episodes told his partner Trivette that one should never believe what politicians say. Surprising with so many real heroes and people who can inspire. These two women live in the area and are known in some places better than others and are real inspirations because they are fulfilling dreams that mean something to them and gives testament to the fact that it is never too late, and one is never too old to follow your heart and succeed in something you believe in.

 

 

 

 

 

National Old Time Music Festival in Siouxland, Le Mars

15 Oct

The National Old Time Music Festival held in Le Mars, Iowa occurred in August and I sometimes I am not prompt in getting timely items posted. The festival happens at the Plymouth County fairgrounds and brings together people of all skill levels to perform or possibly just jam with other musicians.

When attending this event, I like to record some sound because as much as I like photography, there are sometimes those events where sound and motion are important to give a viewer a better idea of what is involved. And for a viewer like myself it is a nice day spent listening to “old timey” music and shutting out the outside world for a short while.

 

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Old Time Music in Siouxland, Le Mars

4 Sep

I have lived in the Siouxland area a little over a decade now and while amazed, am not surprised that I keep finding events and places I have not visited, for which I am the poorer for it.

One such event in Le Mars, Iowa, that this year celebrated its 40th year, is the National Traditional Country Music Association, Inc. It is a 7-day festival at the fairgrounds celebrating old time music, much like was played in the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou”. It touches on a lot of genres and like any music festival, the halls and grounds ring with music. If not from the stage shows, then from the impromptu jam sessions that occur.

I only attended one day, but it was a day filled with an overload of music. The evenings are attended by more people when folk are off work, but there were a fair number there during the day as well. As is often said, “it was a good time had by all.” And an event well worth the time to visit and just enjoy the music that early America grew up on and is still played today.

I recorded a couple groups playing and posted. One the groups is an all girl band, Twang,  with one mom and four young ladies from Arkansas. Their playing is very tight and are simply amazing.

 

 

I also heard Glenn Douglas Tubb, nephew of Ernest Tubb.

 

 

I saw Roni Stoneman jamming with some other musicians on the grounds. Stoneman played a number of years on the the TV show Hee Haw. A program my parents watched and enjoyed. Other notables did perform and will be performing. A worthwhile event to attend and just forget about the daily events and immerse oneself in music.

The Ohio River Minstrels

 

 

 

Ronnie Jay Wheeler

 

 

 

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

 

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