Dayton Porchfest Was Great

The 2018 Dayton Porchfest is history now. If you haven’t heard of a “porchfest,” people in a neighborhood open their front porches or side yards to local musicians who play on a staggered schedule around the neighborhood. In Dayton, so far the porchfests have been in St. Anne’s Hill, a formerly old, run-down neighborhood where many of the homes are undergoing significant restoration.

Here’s the song I opened with, my “Fish in the Corn.” By the first chorus, I realized that a “helper” had retuned my 5th string down to G even though I had it tuned to A (with the help of a spike). Deering Sierra with a Kavanjo pickup in case you wondered.

Because of the staggered schedule, folks kept drifting in the whole time I was playing, and the front yard and sidewalk were pretty full by the time I finished. A good time was had by all.

Off the stage, I got to meet and reaquaint myself with many other local musicians, one of the most fun parts of any festival, something I really enjoy about the Madden Road Music Fest, where I gave an autoharp demonstration this year.

At the Dayton Porchfest, I used an autoharp on one song just for the fun of it. Unfortunately, it’s not my best instrument, but I’ve been researching the things for my readers, so I had to at least prove I knew how to hold one.


About Paul

Paul Race has been writing and playing all kinds of music since the 1960s, though he tends to favor acoustic and traditional songs. He has created resources like,, and to help other musicians get a good start on their own journeys.

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