Ag Expo to mix old-time music with farming

Friday, January 5, 2001

The Storm Lake Area Arts Council is adding a musical element to this year's Ag Expo. They have hired farmer/musician Dave Losure and his wife, Mary Schaeffer-Losure, to the event on Jan. 12 to share their old-time music and niche farming operation.

Born in Sac City, Losure now lives near Kellogg. When economic problems forced him to cut back his sow herd, he began to rely on his latest enterprise, "Flying Pig Fiddle and Banjo." Losure works three days a week at Ye Olde Guitar Shoppe in Urbandale and one day a week at Reiman Music in Ames, where he teaches students to play old-time fiddle and clawhammer banjo.

He also repairs fiddles and makes banjos in an old oats granary on his father's farm and performs with his wife and friends in a dance group. The "Talking Fiddleheads" even have a CD out.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/04 Pilot Tribune.