Dick Kimmel

Kimmel & Longtine











Kimmel & Longtine

Dick Kimmel & Pamela Longtine began performing together in 2014 in Minnesota stringbands and as a duo a year later. Their music is a diverse collection drawn from the old-time stringband music tradition with doses of folk and early bluegrass songs. Their new CD "Dick Kimmel & Pamela Longtine -- Fiddle & Mandolin," released May 1,2017, presents a cross-section of their music together.  Folk singer, Ron Miles writes, "What a splendid piece is your new album -- my traveling companion.  Instrument builder, Lloyd LaPlant relates, "Every cut on the new Dick Kimmel & Pamela Longtine CD is wonderful."

Pamela plays traditional music inspired by the fiddlers who carried dance tunes, such as schottisches, jigs, and polkas from Northern Europe to America. She specializes in rural American hoedowns and waltzes as well as French-Canadian jigs and reels. Pamela began playing for community dances and other events in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area in the early 1990s. She is featured on the 2011 CD, "The  Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project."  Pamela’s original tunes, one of her specialies, are carefully placed in the style of the older fiddle tunes.


Dick Kimmel is a traditional musician, who has performed old-time and other traditional music styles internationally for more than 50 years. He sings historical songs from the old-time, bluegrass, and folk music traditions, as well as performing original songs and instrumentals. Dick plays mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and guitar. He has been inducted into 3 music halls of fame: America’s Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2008, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He has recorded more than 2 dozen LP’s and CD’s, including 4 solo recordings.

In addition to concerts, Dick Kimmel & Pamela Longtine also present 7 concert-based programs entitled: Fiddle Fun - Passing Down the Tradition, Creeping Critters - Animal Songs, the History of Bluegrass Music, Talkin' Turkey Songs, Songs of the Environment, Beautiful Bugs - the Monarch Butterfly, Songs for a Healthy Planet, and Songsmithing - the Art of Songwriting.  A typical stage performance by Kimmel & Longtine opens with a rousing fiddle tune, such as “Little Betty Brown,” with Pamela on fiddle accompanied by Dick playing clawhammer banjo. This is a Central US tune from a version learned from Minnesota/Missouri fiddler Gail Heil, with whom Dick recorded the tune. Next Kimmel & Longtine, playing mandolin and fiddle, join with harmony vocals for "Buffalo Gals," a fast-paced song attributed to nineteenth century minstrel musicians. This is followed by an historic country song played on fiddle and guitar, “The Prisoner’s Song,” in a style faithfully representing the 1925 Vernon Dahlhart recording. For some concerts Pamela’s 12-year-old daughter and award-winning fiddler, Adeline Longtine, joins the duo for a twin fiddle version of "Redwing." This is followed by "Goodbye Old Pal," penned by Bill Monroe - the father of bluegrass music, but performed in a pre-bluegrass old-time style. Longtine then adds one of her originals, "The "Metamorphosis Stomp," followed by Kimmel's "Ride On By," an environmental classic that was a #1 record for Kimmel in the 1970s.. Kimmel & Longtine wind their way through various songs and tunes, each introduced with information on the selection and how it fits within our culture. Their audience is not only entertained, but learns about the music as well. A Kimmel & Longtine audience leaves their concert with big smiles for the music along with a newly-found appreciation for the acoustic music styles these musicians perform. DL-Online (Detroit Lakes, MN) describes the duo as "synchronous...watching Longtine and Kimmel play together, it's obvious the pair makes a harmonious musical duo..."

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Kakabeka Falls Waltz

I Wish I Was A Mole In the Ground