DAFF, Danish American Folk Music Association, has activities relating to traditional American folk music – mostly oldtime music.
Our main event is an annual gathering in September at Kattinge Værk. Located in beautiful surroundings near Roskilde. Musicians and dancers of all levels are welcome.
We also host a jamweekend in May/June. This is at a private home, so it’s only for members of DAFF. But you are welcomed to join.
If you live close to (or visit) Copenhagen, DAFF arranges a mothly Oldtime jam at Cafe Mellemrummet, Ravnsborggade 11, 2200 Copenhagen N. It is held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. the second to last tuesday of each month. Everyone can join and it is free.
DAFFs jam etiquette is as follows:
1. Everyone, no matter level of musicianship are welcome to jam, but please be prepared to play Oldtime. Let new people feel welcome.
2. Make sure there is room for new people.
3. In Oldtime the fiddle and banjo play in different tunings depending on the key. So do not change key too often. If we are in A then stay there for quite some time.
4. Keep the tunes in their normal key.
5. If you do not know the tune / song, hold back a little until you think you can play it.
6. Pay attention to your sound level. Be sure that the leading melody can be heard and that your neighbor can hear other people than you.
7. The person who starts a tune is also the one who stops it. This is done by lifting one foot, shouting or otherwise clearly letting others know that enough is enough.
8. Be sure you are in tune.
9. If you want to practice the tunes and licks, or show off, etc, then keep your volume down. It can be very distressing to hear more several people running their own show.
10. Support the venue. They are kind enough to let us jam. So invite your friends and buy drinks in large amounts