CJS blog Music, community, radical politics, and the occasional ray of sunshine, on blogspot.com. This is the most current material, including the epic "100 Greats in 100 Days" project--which is kicking my ass!
Brothers and sisters in music
Chipper Thompson Alabama-Taos roots rocker
Roger Landes Bouzouki virtuoso
Randal Bays Fiddle master
Gearóid ÓhAllmhuráin Ethnomusicologist and concertina virtuoso
Grey Larsen Flute/whistle master
John White "Dr Jolt"- keyboardist, improvisor, educator
Jann Cosart Early strings virtuoso and Altramar colleague
Larry Young Fiddler; my oldest (earliest?) musical collaborator
Sam Bartlett Great three-way (bluegrass, old-time, Irish) banjo virtuoso
Jessica Ziegler Top-notch Irish fiddler and musical "baby sister"
Jeff Sherman Master violin-maker and bodhranist
Kay Stonefelt Frame-drummer and duo-partner
Heather Maxwell Adou Singer, dancer, linguist, ethnomusicologist, duet-partner
Jacques and Virginia Cesbron Dancers, teachers, choreographers
Last Night's Fun
Last Night's Fun Traditional Irish music (flute/whistle, guitar/voice, bodhran/voice, banjo/bouzouki/box) from Lubbock TX.
Thomas Binkley The late, great, incomparable medieval-music master Tom Binkley. They broke the mold.
David Baker The indestructible jazz master. A 50-year career making jazz players. My teacher.
Larry Baeder The self-described and well-deserved "baddest Jewish blues guitarist from Kansas City." My principle jazz guitar teacher.
Dean Magraw Zatoichi of the guitar. Wes Montgomery and Norman Blake's brilliant mutant offspring.
Dick Bauman Folklorist and semiotician; a key shaper of my own thinking.
Henry Glassie Anthropologist, folklorist, and author. He sets the bar.
Peter Burkholder Musicologist. My dissertation advisor and still one of my most trusted professional mentors.
Tom Mathiesen Musicologist and Ph.D. coach. Possibly the most brilliant intellect I've ever encountered.
Austin Caswell Musicologist. The crazy/brilliant uncle I wanted and never had
Friends and relations
Angela Mariani Still my most treasured musical partner
David Smith My big brother. How to write, and think, and create housing that people can afford.
Justin Smith My little brother. Master craftsman and "man of his hands."
Rebecca Weller Brown My baby sister. Writing, public policy, community advocacy.
Rich Remsberg (and Lisa Nilsson) Old friends from Bloomington. Music, arts, design, archival research.
Dagom Ganden Tensing Ling monastery Bloomington Tibetan monastery. Revered teachers and treasured friends.
Trijang Buddhist Institute Home base of Geshe-la, revered teacher and friend
Ossian USA - best trad-music vendors on the Web Mary Lou & Charlie have been great friends to the music and the musicians for many years. Even if it costs a couple more bucks to buy from them--do it anyway. They have an inventory that amazon, cdconnection, cdbaby, etc can't even touch.
Clareen Banjos Best Irish tenor banjos in the world, and
Shaskeen, the greatest ceili band. Trad artists & resources
Andy Irvine Kieron's excellent Andy Irvine site: resources, clips, lyrics, gig schedule, etc
Andy Irvine Andy's own site: links, road journals and diary, lyrics, etc
Irishtune.info Alan Ng's exemplary online database indexing recordings of tunes. An invaluable resource for learning.
Fiddler's Companion Andrew Kuntz's enormous database indexing print and recorded appearances of tunes. Huge and indispensible.
CJS at TTU Faculty bio on the TTU School of Music website
CJS courses at TTU Websites for courses (password-protected)
TTU School of Music School of Music home page
CJS Geocities site Lots of educational material here
"Irishmusic.com" essays on instruction These are instructional essays that I wrote for Dan Beimborn's irishmusic.com site. Technique, ear-training, repertoire, etc.
The Celtic Shores Chris Smith radio program on TX public radio station KOHM (89.1 or kohm.org). Live, streamed, and archived.
Harmonia Home page for Angela's nationally-syndicated public radio program on early music.
Public policy/arts advocacy
Caprock Celtic Association Celtic music, dance, language arts and cultural events for the South Plains
Caprock Early Music Early music advocay, concerts, and educational presentations for the South Plains