Opie’s Deli Jam

Local musicians and music teachers Liza and Mark Woolever got a jam started at Opie’s Deli in Plymouth.

Opie’s reminds me of Ithaca. The guy behind the counter has his grey hair in a ponytail. They emphasize wholesome, natural, least-processed foods. Their bread comes from a local bakery run by nuns. (The bakery is part of a farm that also raises beef and produce.)

We play in the back room. There are a bunch of fiddles, a couple guitars, banjos, and mandolins, a fancy washtub bass, a bodhran, a whistle, a flute, a group of listeners, and me. Everyone is either a student and / or a friend of the Woolevers’. One of the listeners has a hammered dulcimer and takes my card, saying she’ll get in touch about maybe starting lessons.

Mostly we play fairly slowly; mostly we play songs with three chords and keep them that way. For two jigs we also take time to play them a few times at dance tempos, which is fun. People sing when there are words.

It was refreshing to get out and play.

And the French onion soup was fabulous.

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm  Comments (5)  


  1. Sounds like a really fun time! Glad to hear you are hooking up with other musicians after moving.

  2. Dear Marcy
    I,m kaveh.I play santour (iranian dulcimer)
    I have some question about dulcimer,about strnigs,wire,pedal and …
    I havent your email address and I Leave a Comment.
    can i have your email address ? please send your email address to my email

  3. Kaveh, I recommend you take your questions to EverythingDulcimer.com — I am pretty sure there are some santour players or at least more knowledgeable folks over there.

  4. sounds great, I am having a folk art gathering (2nd annual) at my place of business just outside of Plymouth and am looking for musicians that would play for a while just for the exposure.Trying to get a “thing” going on a limited budget. Will advertise so your band will get recognition. if this is enough for you to be interested please let me know. I would love fiddle, dulcimer, banjo type musicians. love to hear from you.

  5. Phyllis,

    I haven’t been back to that jam since I wrote about it in April 2008. Please give me more information about your event — date, time(s), etc.

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