Brer Bucktown’s Blog: May 8

One of the best things about the Bucktown Revue is the fun things we get to do because of the show.

A few months ago, Bucktown friends Kelly and Tammy Rundle asked us to record an instrumental version of Tell Me Ma, an Irish song, for their documentary about historic barns.

How often do you get a chance to have your music be part of a movie soundtrack? It was a first for us.

Five members of the Barley House Band (Kristi Ruud, Amy Klutho, Korah Winn, Bob Rosensteil and yours truly) got together at the Bucktown Recording Studio, sometimes known as Mike and Carol’s basement. With Matt Manweiler producing, we recorded and mixed the track.

It was a true thrill to be a part of The Barn Raisers. (For more on the documentary, check out its website.)

Sunday we did our second collaboration with Kelly and Tammy. We met the filmmakers at historic Nebergall Knoll Crest round barn between Davenport and Blue Grass to shoot a Tell Me Ma music video.

As cool as it was to film the video, it was a real privlige to get to explore the barn, which is on the National Registery of Historic Places, and meet its current owner, John Penne.

Round barns were at the apex of early 1900s ag technology. The round barn’s first floor was designed to have horses on one side and cows on the other, all facing in toward the middle to make it easer to feed the livestock, milk the cows, and remove the manure.

An ingenious horse-powered pully system hoisted hay to the second floor, where it was piled around a center feed shaft. Once the barn was filled for the winter, the farmer would fork hay into the center shaft to the hungry animals below. As the hay level sank lower, the farmer pulled boards out of the shaft, keeping it level with the hay and also making it easier on the farmer’s back.

We’ll let you know when Kelly and Tammy finish the music video. We’re all excited to see it. We look forward to having John be our guest at the Bucktown Revue sometime soon. For more on the barn, check out its Wikipedia entry.

— Brer Romkey

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