New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Folk festival to feature fiddle music
Ambrose Bierce described the fiddle as “an instrument to tickle human ears by the friction of a horse’s tail on the entrails of a cat.”
Literally thousands of human ears will be tickled at the eleventh annual Texas Folklife Festival at the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio Aug. 5-8.
Music is just one aspect of this four-day celebration. The festival also features craftspeople who demonstrate pioneer skills and games, foods of more than 30 different cultural and ethnic groups and traditional folk dancing. Of the 6,000 participants who come together from all over the state, the fiddlers are some of the most entertaining.
Like many Texans, the fiddle’s heritage can be traced back to Europe. The first fiddle was probably made in Spain during the ninth century. At that time, the Gaelic word “fidil” emerged in Ireland; “viols” are mentioned by name as early as A.D. 1200.
By the Stradivarius era (the early 1700s) the violin (as is it called in classical music) became the most popular instrument in Europe. While formally trained musicians of the aristocracy perfected the art of playing concertos on the violin, the “common folk” were busy fiddling Irish jigs, Scottish reels and Welsh hornpipes.
Festival visitors hear these traditional folk melodies and many others from the King’s English String Band of College Station, the Houston Folk Orchestra, Reynardine of Austin and the Mason Family String Band of San Antonio.
The fiddle was brought to Texas in one form or
another by virtually every group of immigrants from Europe. Texas fiddlers developed in improvisational style of playing with a new personality called “Texas bluegrass.”
Bluegrass performers at the Festival include the Tennessee Valley Authority and Hill Country Ramblers of San Antonio, the East Texas String Ensemble of Nacogdoches, the Headwater Bluegrass Band of San Marcos and the Bluegraass Kinfolks of Buffalo Gap.
Bruce Roark of Devine will play bluegrass on his homemade fiddles. He is a member of the Devine Music Makers, who will play to Festival audiences from the porch of the log cabin on the Institute grounds.
Roark’s musical instruments are often rough-looking and unfinished. For the most part, his string music machines are not hollow. The solid block of wood may have a conventional shape or it may look like a block of firewood or a hoe handle with a neck and strings. The sound is originally Texan and the craftsmanship superb.
Mexican fiddle players — members of the mariachi groups which serenade visitors to the Mexican Market area — handle the instruments in a different manner. Since mariachi music is often fast and fiery, the playing tends to be florid and lyrical. Mariachis use more ornamental trills and turns than begrass fiddlers. But the instrument is the same and the Mexican-Texan fiddling style has become an integral part of Texas’ musical heritage.
Advance tickets are now available at the Institute, P.O. Box 1226, San Antonio, 78294.Bitore#ow# **fg] MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS #
Hand hewn string instruments are the specialty of Bruce and Mary Roark of Devine, who will be two
of 6,000 participants in the Texas Folklife Festival Aug. 5 8.
Circle Arts visits New York
The world is one big crap game, and the devil is playing with loaded dice.
It seems that way, at least, to the plaid-coated, tilt-fedoraed dice-throwers of Circle Arts Theatre’s summer musical, (inifs moi Dolls. Thwarted at every turn by prying cops, romantic dolls and lovesick fellows, they still prowl up, down, and even underneath Broadway in search of “a little action.”
After all, they’ve got an institution to uphold — the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York.
The girls, too, might be tempted to think the devil has the upper hand — even Sgt. Sarah Brown of the Sav-A-Soul Mission. She’d always wanted God to send her a sinner like Sky Masterson to lead to heaven. Instead, he led her to Havana, where she got giddy just
It’s a professional-quality production, from the reversible scenic sets to Jane Haas’s music direction.
Carol Kyle, as the Bible-waving Sgt. Brown, has achieved the perfect blend of propriety and female charm. When she takes her mission parade down Broadway, her costume and carriage are suitably prim. But those huge, expressive brown eyes let everyone know there’s a beautiful doll in there.
Kathryn Ward is delightfully nasal as Adelaide, the night-club doll who has waited 14 years for her wedding with notorious gambler Nathan Detroit.
Detroit is played by Circle Arts veteran Mel Pomerantz, who could have been air-lifted straight from the Bronx.
The same applies to Bill Pomerantz, a man of small stature and overwhelming stage presence. As gangster Nicely-
Nicely Johnson, he's the anchor for the chorus numbers: “Guys and Dolls,” “Siddown, You’re Rocking the Boat" and the second act’s “Crap (lame Dance.”
Curt Pfannstiel, as the charming, deceitful Masterson, doesn’t do too badly either. And Circle Arts veteran Tom Henderson pulls an astonishing Marlon Brando imitation as Chicago gangster Big Jule.
The musical score is loaded with catchy duets, trios and multi-part company numbers. We’ve seen songs like that fall apart in small theaters but Haas, with her four-person orchestra, holds them together.
(in i/s mol Dolls will be on tonight and Saturday at 8:15, and continues Thursdays through Saturdays for the next two weekends. There will be a matinee at 4 p.m. July 18.
Tillis at Texas
Country lovers will be heading for Texas Dance Hall tonight, when the legendary Mel Tillis takes the bandstand.
On Sunday, Texas Dance will host a benefit stomp for St. Peter’s & St. Joseph’s orphanage in San Antonio. The dance will run 7-11 p.m.. with music by George Chambers and the Country Gentlemen.
On area screens
Brauntex Theatre, 290
W. San Antonio — I 'm lox (PG). Shows at 7 and 9 nightly. Also Tmn (PG) with nightly shows at 7:15 and 9:15.
Matinees Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All seats discounted Monday night.
Cinema I&II, Walnut
Square — A tnt it (PG), with daily shows at 1:30, 4:15 (discount show), 7 and 9:30.
Also E.T. Tin
E.i Du Ti rn stroll (PG).
Show times 1:55, 4:45 (discount show), 7:30 and 9:55.
In area clubs
Bavarian Village, 212
JST ,, fcfcr
Girl’s Shorts & Tops Girl’s Sundresses
Boy’s Shirts & Shorts
Toddler Girl’s & Boy’s Wear
25 % off
Infant Wear (Select Group)
25 % off__
(Hunt ti'Tnt Shoppe
380 Landa St.
New Braunfels, Texas
W. Austin — Tonight: Entertainers from Wurstfest. Saturday: The Bavarian Village Band.
Bluebonnet Palace, III
35 South — Tonight: The Abbey Edition. Saturday: Clifton Jansky.
Bronco's, Courtyard Shopping Center — Tonight and Saturday: The Smith Band, featuring Fred and Jamie.
Loop 337 — Tonight: Clifton Jansky. Saturday: Barbara Fairchild
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Wednesday 5 thru Sunday 4
ENTERTAINERS 5 From WURSTFEST J
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Faust Hotel Bar, 240 S.
Seguin — Tonight and Saturday: Joe Brunelle on guitar.
Gruene Hall — Tonight and Saturday: Clay
Heidelberg Halle, IH 35 North, west access road — Saturday, 9-1: Sundown. Sunday, 6-10: Moonlight Express.
Oma’s Sausage Haus — Tonight: Die Kleine Kapella.
Roadhouse Lounge, Startzville — Saturday: Special appearances by
two recording bands: Blast, 8-10 p.m. and The Mystery Dates, IO p.m. to midnight.
Texas Dance Hall, U.S. 281 South Tonight: Mel Tillis.
Texas Junction, 262 W. Jahn — Tonight: The Grapes of Wrath. Saturday: Drugstore
Wagon Wheel, FM 300 at Sattler — Saturday: The Westernaires.
Wolfgang's Keller. 295 E. San Antonio Bill Knighton piano.
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Sn im Turn. Xix! I**// closes Saturday at the Main Theatre on the Southwest Texas State University campus. Show time is 7:30 tonight and Saturday.
The Teen Theatre of Spotlight Theatre Arts Group Etc. (popularly known as S.T.A.G.E. of Bulverde), will open July 16 with Pm f nut •»/ d, oho by Robert Nathan.
Shows will be staged at 8 p.m. July 16,17 and 23 at Bulverde Elementary School. For ticket information, call James Jahnsen at 438-2339 oi Amy Hudson at 438-7855.
The Teen Theatre supports actors between the
ages of 15 and 19.
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