It’s time to make some music!  Come on out and join the fun!

When:    Tuesday  May 17

Where:   Genoa Coffee and Wine

                  2614 S Timberline Rd. #C101

                  Fort Collins, CO

Time:    7:00 p.m.

 Genoa Coffee and Wine is a wonderfully intimate venue run by truly terrific folks. We’ll be making ourselves at home there Tuesday night May 17 and playing a little livingroom bluegrass….and whatever else strikes our fancy.

We’d love to see you there!

Little Kenny & Neargrass Junction

(Ken, Kimberly, Jimmy, Eric and Vi the fiddler)



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Vi’s music is rooted in tradition, but not buried in the past. It’s innovative, eclectic, and fun.  Long Time Comin’ features a new spin on traditional tunes with fresh takes on modern favorites. On the CD, which features nationally recognized Jazz vocalist Mandy Harvey, you’ll find a little bit o’ swing, a little more funk, beautiful ballads, and some down and dirty blues (NOW with MORE COWBELL!).  Fortunately, the album is a lot more cohesive than this disjointed press release makes it sound.


AS SEEN ON TV! VI Wickam is an accomplished fiddler who has won contests all over the United States. Vi is a composer, songwriter, and he even sings. He’s from a musical family; the Wickam Family Band played all around Northern Colorado, including 3 years as the house band on the nationally syndicated but now retired Blinky’s Fun Club. Vi is an entertaining and engaging performer. Long Time Comin’ features a cast of expert musicians: Brent Hawley on knock-your-socks-off acoustic guitar, Jim Abraham’s toenail-singeing electric bass, and Chris Beers’ tasty drummin’. The siren voices of Mandy Harvey, Kristianne Gale, and Kimberly Schug add polish and will melt you in your seat.


Long Time Comin’ will be released at a familyfriendly and awesome party at Avogadro’s Number (http://www.avogadros.com/) in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 25, 2011 at 8:00PM.


For more information, promo requests, or an interview, please contact Vi Wickam at:


Vi “The Fiddler” Wickam

PO Box 270918

Fort Collins, CO 80527

Phone: 970-215-6366

Blog: http://www.vithefiddler.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vithefiddler

Announcing a new Meetup for Fort Collins Traditional Music!

What: January $5 Fiddling Workshop – Playing In a Band Part II

When: Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:00 PM

Price: $5.00 per person

Where: Magnolia Music Studio
210 W Magnolia Street (northwest corner of Magnolia and Mason)
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 481-8661

Hey All,

The first How to Play Fiddle in a Band workshop went well, but we really didn’t have time to interact and give each member an opportunity to "play in the band".

This time, we are going to be interactive. Greg Fisher has volunteered to help out, and we will be playing some fun oldtime songs and giving you all an opportunity to play lead and harmony.

The Songs we will be playing are:
Rollin In my Sweet Baby’s Arms – A
John Henry – G
Tennessee Waltz – D

The Keys listed are only suggestions, and if you prefer to play it in a different key, that is fine with me. 🙂

Bring your fiddle, and any other instrument you wish. Other instrumentalists are welcome as well. This will be a fun time, and less structured than most of the workshops have been.

Hope to see you there!


RSVP to this Meetup:

Who’s Invited: YOU!!!

What: CD Release Party – Long Time Comin’ – Vi “The Fiddler” Wickam

When: Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:00PM

Where: Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, CO

Come join us for the CD Release party for Vi Wickam’s long awaited CD, "Long Time Comin".

Save the date. It’s going to be a great time!

Admission is free, but we do request that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate for the Larimer County Food Bank.

This CD Features the following local favorites as well:

Mandy Harvey – Vocal

Kristianne Gale – Vocal

Kimberly Schug – Vocal

Brent Hawley – Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola

Jim Abraham – Bass

Chris Beers – Percussion

I hope to see you there!

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I had an awesome opportunity to open for April Verch last night at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins. I was lucky enough to also have Brent Hawley available to join me on guitar. Thanks to Rob at Avo’s, Brent, and April for helping make it happen.

 I’m going to be posting some videos from this gig. The first is cripple Creek.