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English Jon Help: Start of Folk Career: Guidance? (69* d) RE: Help: Start of Folk Career: Guidance? 21 Mar 09


Gosh. Well this is sort of embarrasing really. I've not been around much of late, but I didn't realise I'd got >entirely< back to square one! However, all these comments are just as relevant now as when I first asked, so thank you once again for your collective sagacity....I can't believe where the time has gone, though.

So...an update: In the last 8 years I have....

Quit my job as manager of a recording studio. Gone solo, performing pretty much exclusively English traditional song and self accompanying with various combinations of fiddle, mandolin, viola, english concertina, melodeon, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, piano and guitar (variously tuned DADEAD, DADEAB, CGCDGA, CGCGCD and various others with the possible exception of DADGAD and EADGBE). I've done countless barn dances, medieval banquets and period functions, learned to call, breath fire, write sonnets and make violins.

I've been in ill starred bands with some great musicians, some of whom win folk awards, and good working bands with fellow strugglers and stragglers on the road to obscurity. I made an album for Fellside which was hailed by the press as hugely significant and the next big thing and sold nearly two copies, and I've sessioned on all sorts of other records. I've busked when times were hard and moved to a town I hate in order to afford a mortgage.

I have had a small but significant sequence of personal disasters and been ill in the sort of way that necessitates the prescription of SSRIs and the removal of sharp objects from the house. I got better, so "here's a health to the doctor who eased all my pain". I suppose if I hadn't, I wouldn't be typing this. It's a funny old world.

I still do the odd bit of recording for private clients, and I sell melodeons at The Music Room 3 days a week, basically John Spiers' old job. I now play hurdy gurdy in a trio that people seem to like in spite of the fact that it has a hurdy gurdy in it and I'm generally older but none the wiser. I've got a great new guitar, courtesy of the exceptionally splendid Mr Colin Kendall and I've even started working on some new material. I say new, strictly speaking it's a couple of hundred years old, but you know what I mean. I'm currently trying to learn renaissance cornett and Eddie Van Halen's two handed tapping technique....I'll let you know how I get on with that in another eight years.

Best wishes all,

Jon Loomes




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