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GUEST,jonesey Happy Birthday, Anthony James Donegan (26) RE: Happy Birthday, Anthony James Donegan 29 Apr 02


Thanks McG...It's alive and well then here in the States. I've posted ad nauseum about the 'jam band' I've got with my nephews and son(sometimes, but we make him play bass...lol). It started as a 'guy hang' on Wednesday nights when they were in their early teens and their parents had split up. We did pretty much what I'd learned from Mr. Goodman about keeping music 'accessible' and only ran afoul of their Mom when we'd raise dust from pounding on the couch cushions with drum sticks. Got my nephew a set of brushes the following week and he brought in his snare and hi-hat and thus our basic sound was born. Guitar, mandolin, snare...I use kazoo and harmonica as well. When we play at social gatherings we try to include people with any kind of percussion. Hair combs, brushes, knives and forks, even the 'hambone' if nothing else. From what you all describe we're a skiffle band!? How about that! lol Wait 'til I tell my boys! Have read a great deal of writing on various musicians from the UK/Ireland and the two phrases appearing consistantly in just about everyone's history from Mick Jagger to Bert Jansch, Dafydd Iwen to the Chieftains are 'Lonnie Donegan' and 'skiffle'. Thanks again guys I think I get it...No Lonnie-No Stones, Beatles, Animals, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Incedible String Band, Yardbirds, Cream, etc. Made people think "well if he can do it so can I." He needs to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if he's not already. Happy Birthday indeed!! Plugging his name into my search engine as soon as this is posted.


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