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Old-Time Tiki Parlour: Dan Gellert

Enjoy this full set of Dan Gellert tunes from David Bragger's Old-Time Tiki Parlour.

Old-time musician, documentarian, and teacher David Bragger has brought these living legends to the Old-Time Tiki Parlour where he films and records music rooted in an ancient America. He is devoted to documenting today’s living masters of traditional old-time, country blues and early Cajun music for the critically acclaimed label, Tiki Parlour Recordings. Each film focuses on an artist performing their music without a set list, rehearsals or commercial agenda. It is old-time music in its purest form. This is “music from the true vine,” as Mike Seeger would put it. The videos are shot beautifully in the visual landscape of the Tiki Parlour, a space devoted to a collection of old instruments, master performances and the passing down of traditional music. The incomparable traditional funk meister Dan Gellert on solo fiddle and banjo! He is a cult legend in the old-time and blues worlds. These are Gellert’s first recordings in over ten years. "Beyond the real and the instructive, there you find Dan Gellert, nosing around, lurking about. Yes you can learn from watching him play, as I have, but it's a bit more like stumbling into a pure music experience without the need for a practical use. What's it all about? There ain't no book you can read. There ain't nobody can tell you," as Al Einstein used to say." - Ry Cooder