Tripping Up Stairs
Jan Drechsler: piano
Bob Mills: banjo, mandolins, fiddle
John Pranio: fiddle, 5-string banjo
Tripping Up Stairs was a misnomer from the start. Named for an Irish jig, we became very popular playing old-time music for contra dancing. Our recording has some Irish tunes, but the feel of the album is old-time music.
Inspired by Alan Jabbour, Tommy Thompson, and Sandy Bradley, we developed a historically valid -- and exciting -- piano-driven style of old time music that people seemed to like a lot for contra dancing. John's fiddling is very back-beat, percussion-oriented; my banjo style grew to match. Jan's piano playing is right on the money for where the beat is in old-time music, and her chords are just the right mix of stubborn and innovative.