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 Steve Schmeck
& Sue Robishaw


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Robishaw Schmeck Fayette 2011 NLLR

Old Time Acoustic Dance Music and Ballads
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Lively, Fun, and Upper Peninsula Home-grown
It just makes you feel good!

Welcome to the lively world of ManyTracks Music! We enjoy and play a variety of music, focusing mainly on old time dance music from many areas, as well as ballads and songs both old and not so old. Whether by ourselves or with others, informally or in a band, we have fun sharing a wonderful array of acoustic music.

We've had the great fortune to play with many wonderful musicians on stage and off and appreciate all those opportunities and experiences. And our audiences, both old friends and new, continue to be very special to us. It all makes an inspiring and uniquely satisfying circle.


Steve and Sue -- Fiddle and Guitar

From being interested listeners and sporadic plunkers on the guitar to being fully immersed in playing music feels a lot like jumping in without knowing if you can touch bottom, which you can't so you might as well settle in and ride the waves. And what a ride it has been. Both fun and challenging, playing music has broadened our world in a great way.

Some years back Steve decided he wanted to learn to play the fiddle. Since he didn't have one on hand, he built one. His octave violin turned out beautiful and pleasing. He started playing and I dusted off the guitar. It was fun and we started collecting fiddle tunes. As nice as the octave violin was, they really needed a regular fiddle. After a start with a cheap fiddle (later to be cut apart and turned into an electric practice fiddle for which it was better suited) he found his "real" old German fiddle -- what a delight. Fiddle music abounded in the house, and the cats even seemed to enjoy it (to our great surprise).

We learned some tunes and ventured out into the world. Thanks to a wonderful array of patient U.P. jam musicians we learned much more than we would have had we stayed home. It's a sharing kind of music. We soon found ourselves well immersed in that lively entrancing circle of traditional music.

There is no end to where one can go with music; there are so many areas to explore and tunes to discover. We're having a good time with both the old and the new -- tunes, songs, musicians, and friends -- sharing our music, and discovering something new almost every day. It will be nice to share some of that music with you! And if you've been thinking of diving in yourself? Do it! It's fun.


What do we play? Old time style dance tunes from Europe or North America, traditional songs and ballads, folk songs both old and contemporary, and occasional forays elsewhere. Some choices are unique to a setting or band, some tunes crop up most everywhere. We play for dances, for parties, for weddings; as background music for dinners large or small; for festivals and special events; for jams and for no reason at all. Here are some of our tunes we might play for you or with you:


Angelina Baker
Cold Frosty Morning
Fair Jenny's Jig
Farewell to Whiskey
Finnegan's Wake
Girl I Left Behind Me
Golden Slippers
Goodbye Girls Going to Boston
Jackie Tar
Jamie Allen
Marie's Wedding
Old Joe Clark
Pop Goes the Weasel
Red Haired Boy
Road to Boston
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Sadie at the Backdoor
Seneca Square Dance
Soldier's Joy
Up the River
White Cockade
Yankee Doodle


Battle of Aughrim
Arran Boat Song
Ashokan Farewell
Darling Nellie Gray
Hector the Hero
Life Let Us Cherish
Londonderry Air
Margaret's Waltz
Midnight on the Water
Over the Ice
Ragvalsin Waltz
Rosin the Beau
Si Bheag Si Mhor
da Slockit Light
Tis a Gift to be Simple
Tombigbee Waltz
Tommy Bhetty's Waltz
Un Homme Marie
When Irish Eyes are Smiling

And many fun old "campfire" or
      sing-a-long songs such as
O Susannah, Boil Them Cabbage, and Shortnin' Bread


Bango's Tune
Give Me Your Hand
Davy Davy Knick Knack
Jenny Lind Polka
Lucy Farr's Barndance
Sturres Schottis
Viola's Favorite Schottische


Crossing the Border
Danny Boy
Girl I Left Behind Me
Golden Slippers
Goodnight Irene
Loch Lomond
Puff the Magic Dragon
Red River Valley
Star of the County Down
Tennessee Waltz
Tiny Fish for Japan
When Irish Eyes are Smiling

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updated 10/18/2012


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