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New Catters in the last 2 months?

Rick Fielding 26 Oct 99 - 07:19 PM
MTM 26 Oct 99 - 08:13 PM
Melbert 26 Oct 99 - 08:13 PM
26 Oct 99 - 08:29 PM
Ed Pellow 26 Oct 99 - 08:37 PM
Gint 26 Oct 99 - 08:44 PM
Jon Freeman 26 Oct 99 - 08:49 PM
kendall 26 Oct 99 - 09:14 PM
DonMeixner 26 Oct 99 - 09:15 PM
TheMuse 26 Oct 99 - 09:21 PM
Zeno 26 Oct 99 - 09:23 PM
Little Neophyte 26 Oct 99 - 09:43 PM
Clifton 26 Oct 99 - 10:34 PM
Don from Georgia 26 Oct 99 - 11:10 PM
Hutzul 26 Oct 99 - 11:17 PM
WyoWoman 26 Oct 99 - 11:20 PM
Cricket in Canyon Lake, TX 26 Oct 99 - 11:20 PM
JedMarum 26 Oct 99 - 11:47 PM
Rick Fielding 27 Oct 99 - 12:16 AM
Jon Freeman 27 Oct 99 - 12:44 AM
John C 27 Oct 99 - 02:22 AM
roopoo 27 Oct 99 - 03:15 AM
Owlkat 27 Oct 99 - 03:20 AM
Micca 27 Oct 99 - 05:20 AM
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Subject: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 07:19 PM

I've noticed (to my great enjoyment) a number of new names popping up over the last couple of months, and I just want to say welcome. I don't think many new people like to drop in and say "Here I am, and this is "who" I am. Kinda pushy, what? However if anyone would LIKE to announce their presence and let us know a bit about yourself, here's your chance.
Enjoy the Mudcat..but watch out for it's addiction qualities.

Rick


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: MTM
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 08:13 PM

OK, I'm game. My name's Mike Murray and I'm the music director for a cabaret theatre based in Indianapolis with franchises in Montana, Florida, and soon some other spots around the country. About half of my job consists of researching tunes and their cultural contexts for inclusion in original concept cabarets. I also write tunes for the shows on occasion, and perform in them as well. I've used the Digitrad database for a while and kind of happened upon the discussion forum, which is quite a neat little collection of musical hermeticists. I'm still curious about it's musical parameters--I love folk and blues but I work with a lot of other styles too, and I'm a bit afraid of asking the wrong question of y'all pundit types. Thats all. Seems like a nice bunch of cats to rap with.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Melbert
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 08:13 PM

Hi! I'm Mel. I'm based in Cheshire (North West of England). I play guitar (badly) and collect comic songs.

I'm 48 years old, have been happily married for eight years (but married in total for 27) and have three sons (26,23 &19) and two fine grandsons.

I'm a sales engineer with a large international engineering company and drive up to 1000 miles a week on business. The up-side is that I get to go to Ireland maybe eight-ten times a year where I have enjoyed some great music sessions, particularly in Cork and Kerry.

If I'm missing for a few nights here and there, that's why.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
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Date: 26 Oct 99 - 08:29 PM

Hi, I'm Shauneen Ward/aka Hummingbird, I'm 35, Live in Northern Vermont. I've been married for 13 years, have 3 children, 3 dogs (English Springer Spaniels), I guess that makes six children actually!! I'm a secretary for a physical therapist. I"ve been playing the guitar for about two years now, and am totally addicted to it. Well not totally, I have the three kids to take care of too. *S* I've learned much here at the MudCat, and am very appreciative of all the help I've received from all of you. I will continue to prowl the forum frequently!!! Best Wishes, Hummer.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Ed Pellow
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 08:37 PM

I guess I'm new - I've 'lurked' on and off for a while but have only just realized that it's not so cliquy as i expected - hi Mel, I'm in Manchester


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Gint
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 08:44 PM

Ok Ill admit it after sitting on the side lines watching, reading I have one major bitch complaint I'm hooked, I had to look in on the mudcat and what did I find, like minded people (you are people aren't you).

I gave up piano at 12yrs old because my teacher wanted to teach me Mendleson, Bach, beetoven and I at 12 wanted joplin, swing, blues (very radical for Yorkshire)

By trade I am a retail manager:- Tandy, Virgin, WHS, after which I ran a Role-playing, wargaming, card gaming shop / store (ok...ok... I am the fat guy how sells comics in the simpsons, possibly crossed with Barny).

I now work on runnung shows, both medieval and RPG based

MY MAJOR COMPLAINT ABOUT THE 'CAT IS

At the tender age of 42 I have agian taken up the guitar

Curse and damn you all


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 08:49 PM

I think I've been around consistantly for nearer 3 months than 2. I live in Llandudno North Wales, I am 39, single, no kids, no pets and have been mostly unemployed for the last 12 years since a psychiatrist decided that I am schizophrenic.

Jon


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: kendall
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 09:14 PM

I've been around for a couple of months, shooting my mouth off at the least provocation. I live in South Portland Maine, divorced, retired federal conservation officer. Humorist and folksinger, I travel doing just that. So far from here to Texas to Scotland, and a hundred places in between. I have four recordings, two on Folk Legacy, one on Outer Green and one on North Country Audio. I read my book onto a tape. The book is a collection of Maine humor. Without question, Mudcat is my favorite spot on the web. Oh, and I'm 65, and not yet discouraged.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 09:15 PM

I am surprised that so many of you are stating that you are surprised at having become re-interested in playing an instrument again. Don't be surprised. It was bound to happen, like learning that you prefer Sapphire to Tangurey, Deli style rye to original flavor, reaquainting with a previous love.

By the way Gint, I'm looking for a copy of Xenozoic Tales #7 in NM/M and any original Eclipse AIRBOY art pages.

Welcome to the Cat.

Don


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: TheMuse
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 09:21 PM

Well, this thread is right up my alley tonite since I just entered my membership. I have indulged for about a month and posted a few comments but decided I may as well take the plunge and become official. SO, HI!

I was introduced to this wonderful (but VERY addicting place) by another member who has referred to me as his "Muse", hence, my nickname.

It seems that a lot of people have "lurked" and decided to come forward recently. Looking for a sensible bunch to enter the new Millenium with? ("Sensible" being open to interpretation of course.)

Briefly, I live in Central New York State, work in a bank and play the piano badly for my own enjoyment. Am approaching the big 50 and have decided to act like I am 18 again. It's a super tonic - trust me.

Thanks to all for making this place so inviting!


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Zeno
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 09:23 PM

Hi, I'm Zeno, an ancient philosopher born in 488 BCE (cept I didn't know it was BC at the time) in Velia, Italy. When I was 40, me and my pal Parmenides went to Athens to see what kind of trouble we could get into. We heard there was a pretty good folk scene there, but found none of it. I worked as a philosopher for a while, but it didn't pay very well and everything I said turned out to be bullshit, so I packed up my lute and lyre and hit the road. Some said I died in a fight for freedom against tyrants, but I was just asleep.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 09:43 PM

Oy, I'm so nervous

Well, lets see.............
I am a nutritionist specialized in vegetarian and natural foods.
You guys all get free counseling
I also work in a kidney dialysis unit as a renal dietitian.

During my summers I like to guide wilderness canoe trips. Very much interested in wilderness survival, edible & medicinal plants.

I wish I had a dog.

I've always wanted to play the banjo. Some how I found Rick which was my saving grace because I had no clue what folk music was and when he asked me what I wanted to learn how to play I said "Sweet City Woman".
Rick Fielding is a miracle worker.

So that's me.
And you guys are the best!
Sincerely Bonnie


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Clifton
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 10:34 PM

Howdy folks. I'm probably the only guy born and raised in New Jersey who says the word howdy. My real name is Dan and my wife of twenty years and I have two kids, a girl 18 and a boy 16. I've been playing guitar and singing variuos types of music for almost thirty years, although I haven't played for an audience in quite a while. I'm mainly into Irish and American folk, and many modern singer songwriters. I've been checking out the Mudcat for a few months, posted some nonsense and pretty much just trying to keep up with the sheer volume of material. I'd love to get back into music, but raising a family combined with shift work usually finds me playing solo.

It's nice to be a part of this.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Don from Georgia
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:10 PM

Hi, I guess I don't really fit in here. You guys are way out of my league but I do hope you will let me continue to watch in on you. I am seventy-one years old,nearly seventy-two and don't play anything but solitaire. However, I have a passionate love for music and dance; all music and dance. I guess my favorites are Irish and American folk songs and dances. My blood speeds up and I break into a senile grin whenever I am fortunate enough to see and hear those beautiful dances and songs.

I was born in Indiana and raised during the depression.My father could play any instrument made and he used to play his guitar and sing songs to his four children each night after work. They were songs like "The Letter Edged in Black" and "Cowboy Jack", and "The Last Roundup" and others that today would not be politically correct but at that time were sung without malice toward anyone.

Just before I turned sixteen I went to sea in the Merchant Marine because I was afraid that the war would end before I could get into it. I was on a Liberty ship in the Phillipines when I turned seventeen and when we got back home I enlisted in the Navy where I stayed for twenty years. I became a Hospital Corpsman and served in ships and hospitals and with the Marine Corps in the Korean War. I retired from the Navy as a Chief in ninteen sixty four and worked as a Medical Technologist until I retired again from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta in eighty five.

As I say, I am out of my league with you guys but I have already come to look for certain names in the forum and I like to read every thread. I'll just be in the background and will try not to get in the way. Don Personette Conyers, Georgia


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Hutzul
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:17 PM

I'm a recent inductee and I am hooked! I'm older than I look (I hope), have a husband and a cat, and I hope they never fall out of a rowboat together, because they'd both drown while I was trying to decide who to save first.

I've long been a collector of folk lyrics (a broad definition I make up as I go along). I play button-box (or chromatic) accordion. I learned by ear as a little girl (at first I only played when my father was not home, because I was not allowed to touch Dad's squeezebox. "It's not a toy" Pretty sneaky on his part, but he knew me well because I quit formal piano lessons after 2 years. I also torture two dulcimers, hammered and mountain.

I am of Ukrainian ancestry and in fact my grandmother's 7 brothers escaped Eastern Europe by forming a dance band and inching their way west. We did lots of singing and music playing in our family. Dad on accordion and harmonica; my brother can play anything with strings and my Mom is a great yodeller. Her thing was always cowboy music.

I find my self checking in to this site daily, and always find at least one thread of great interest. The first couple of weeks I thought you were all a clickly little bunch, but now I find myself right at home. (But I always thought "mudcats" were crawdads. Keep on the Sunny Side, everyone.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:20 PM

Aw, heck, Don. No one's in the way on the 'Cat, as long as they be relatively nice with others. It's a comfortable place with plenty of room for people to just be themselves -- or who they wish they were!

WElcome to all you newcomers. (I only met up with the Mudcat in May or so, so it doesn't take long to become part of the furniture around here. And yes, I started playing guitar since I started posting as well. I'm not much better than the day I started, but at least I'm giving it the good ol' Mudcat try.)

I'll look forward to getting to know each of you better -- and thanks, Rick, for starting this thread.

WyoWoman


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Cricket in Canyon Lake, TX
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:20 PM

I am probably the most recent addition though I would not presume to say that I added anything with my arrival. I was looking for songs/chords for my friend Roy who was flooded out last year. His whole collection of John Denver, James Taylor, John Prine, everything. I am trying to relace words and chords and will start a new thread called Roy"s Flood Project or some such. I agree with all of you that this is addictive. Wow! What a way to get hooked. I found Mudcat by chance.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: JedMarum
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 11:47 PM

Two months? That's about how long I've been participating in the forum, although I have used the database from time-to-time for the last year.

I have really enjoyed reading this thread; so many good stories.

I am a long time singer/songwriter. I live in Dallas with my wife and kids. We have two Whippets (crazy little greyhound looking dogs with springs in their legs). I love music, and play regularly at the Dallas area clubs. I played all around the Boston area, as well, when we lived there. I play all kinds of music, but I am a folky at heart and always seem to return to that style - but I've played blues, rock, blue grass and country as well.

The Mudcat's been a lot of fun. I came here for music but seem to get hooked by the political and social discussions as well.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:16 AM

Wow! This is fantastic. I went down to my friend Norm Hacking's open stage at the Tranzac tonight (in Toronto) and had a wonderful time, but coming back and meeting the "new folks" here is one hell of a treat. Trust me folks, it ain't a clique! I know cliques and I avoid them like the plague. Some of us are just REALLY hooked so you see our names up a lot. It's hard to believe that we really do have ACTUAL LIVES, but we do! I gave up my hour of TV every day, and I haven't missed it a bit. I hardly even think of Kendall, Jon, or Liam as "newbies, just more recent Mudcat friends. Thanks folks and keep 'em comin'

Rick


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:44 AM

Rick, although I am obviously aware that I have only been here a short time, Mudcat seems to be one of those welcoming places where you feel at home straight away.

I must admit that I hadn't realised that Kendall and Liam were also "newbies".

Jon


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: John C
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 02:22 AM

´Evening, all. Greetings from the bowels of Europe. Please allow me to introduce myself. Im a man with very little of either. Actually, Im an exiled Scot who´s been living in Austria for the last 22 years. Slowly getting used to it. 3 big, expensive, but very cool (so they say) kids. During the the day Im a carer for mentally-handicapped adults but in the evenings I play guitar in a couple of bands. Mainly traditional or traditionally-inspired stuff. Even do the odd (very odd) solo gig. Mudcap is marvellous - hasnt helped to keep my telephone bill down though. Incidentally, I definatly think my cold could almost be getting a little bit better.(maybe). Thanks to all who helped. What a kindhearted bunch you all are. And what a wonderful, warmhearted, gentle, caring, etc, etc person Gargoyle must be. Lang may HIS lum reek. Aw ra best, John.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: roopoo
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 03:15 AM

I think my qualification for this ran out yesterday! I joined at the end of September, having previously looked in a couple of times for information. Bill Sables kept dropping heavy hints so I signed up just in time for the group photo at Windy Bottom. I am nearly 48, married to Ian, a mining engineer for 23 years. 3 kids, 20, 18 and 13, of whom the older two are now at university. I have been assocoated with the Morris for the last 17 years, and have badly played the melodeon for about 8. I have also been trying to learn the piano for about 4 years and my youngest is better than me! I have lived in Yorkshire for the last 12 years after various other locations including 2 years in S.Africa and an overland journey home.I outed myself on the "what do you miss.." thread: I'm actually an Andrea! Mouldy is what I get called as I make salt dough models under the name of "Mouldy Old Dough".

mouldy


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Owlkat
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 03:20 AM

Hi, it's me, Owlkat.

New catters, is it? Alrighty then...

Actually my name is Martin. I've been listening to, and playing folk stuff for most of my life, having found a ukelele my folks stashed in the cedar closet and an honest to goodness Arthur Godfrey book of songs and chords, when I was about seven. I taught myself to play and have been trying to have a life ever since. I guess I've always been a folkie, even in my Led Zep, Rolling Stones, and Guess Who years. I've never really played well with others so I never got into the band thing. Something about the look people get on their faces and the way they tend to cast nervous glances at the door when I say, "Well, that wasn't bad, buuuuut, I HAVE AN IDEA".

I was the musical director for a production of Ten Lost Years in my theatre school in my home town of Montreal, and since we needed a banjo for the show, I ordered a Stew Mac kit, built it, learned how to play it, thanks to Pete's book, and so it came to pass that I became a banjo player. And verily, there did cometh to paff a great commotion and much flailing of handf.

I've done my share of touring, recording, and gigging in Canada, the USA, and England. I've been writing for some time, and the songs are getting to be actually not half bad. I'm making the final cuts for the next album at the moment. Oh god, please let them not all show up at the used cd store all at once.

Recently I've been doing more building and repairing of stringed instruments, and being the only person in Whitehorse, in the Yukon, who does that kind of stuff, I've been getting busier. I'm even teaching myself to fix accordions. But then again, how can you tell if they're broken!!! Oh man, sometimes I just crack myself up.

I've completed three banjoes, two basses, two electric guitars, an OM 18 replica, and I'm working on an original design mandola. I plan to finish it sometime in the next millenium.

When I'm not playing music, annoying the neighbours, fixing bikes, writing plays, riding my motorsickle, acting, or wondering just what the hell I'm doing up here in the far north, I play fiddle, trombone, tuba, plectrum banjo, and dance, sing, tell very silly jokes, and wear strange clothing, in a vaudeville revue, here in Whitehorse. And yes, I get paid for doing it.

I'm 43, sorta jewish, born on the cusp of Gemini and Taurus, and just one heckuva swell guy.

I'm really glad to have found this place. I love to drop in every night before I attempt to pummel myself to sleep. It's always worth the trip. You people are crazy!!!

There.

Can I have my jello now?

Oooooh. More cool whip. MORE!! I'm still not satisfied!

Later.

Mart. ;-)


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Micca
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 05:20 AM

Hi, newbies and others. I am a Celt (Scots+Irish) 54yo been listening to Folk, Blues, and music that doesn't need an expensive electronic setup to playall my life, it was a family tradition on my mothers side. Since the early 60s I've been around the Folk music scene sporadically. I do not play and instrument but do sing a bit(very badly.) I was introduced To Mudcat by my niece as a source of song lyrics as i occassionally write parodies, and enjoy the "one song to the tune of another"game (try Oh my Darling Clementine "to the Tune of "Bread of Heaven") I have only been posting a short time and have found you all afriendly bunch with alot of compassion and humour(NB you will get English spellings in my work) I like it here. I am based in London, England where I have lived since 1960, except for 3 years in the Merchant Navy, I am a professional Scientist on the Technical support side and a Pagan.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Banjer
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 05:51 AM

I think Owlkat (Mart) sums it all up in just 4 words when he said, "You people are crazy". I for one resemble that remark. I take this opportunity to welcome all who admitted to being hooked on this wonderful cybervillage we ahve here...


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 06:07 AM

Hi, here goes.... born in Africa of scottish parents, brought up in scotland and NE England. Now live in West Yorkshire. Married 24 years to same chap. 5 kids ages from 22 to 8 - boys 2 girls 3. Used to morris dance with Heartshead. Sometimes play melodeon for Slubbing Billies. I can only access mudcat at work as I am not conected at home yet. So many of my additions are a bit hurried as I dont want my boss to catch me. It is addictive and I better get myself connected at home or I may end up without a job... I love traditional folk music, I love being with people like me.

kindest regards

Patrish


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 06:24 AM

Hey Owlkat
Does Whitehorse still have that amazing whole grain bakery, and Mexican restaurant? I wanted to move there a few years ago but I wasn't sure I could handle the dark winters. Is that why you call yourself Owlkat?
Little Neo


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 07:19 AM

I was anxious to see how this thread went and its great!!! The funny thing is that so many at this point, I don't consider newbies at all. If I haven't said it to all though, welcome and we're all glad you're here. Best place on the net.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Davey
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 07:22 AM

Wow, there have sure been a lot of posts to this thread since Rick started it last evening. I'm Dave and I've been lurking for a few months and posting occasionally (I even started the now infamous Tipple, Tiple Ti Play or whatever thread)...

I've been a Rick Fielding follower since I first heard him play at the Trojan Horse coffee house (now defunct) about 16 or 17 years ago. Even learned a song he wrote back then, and still haven't sung it for my relatives in Sudbury (Pit Man Blues).

In my other life I'm a network support analyst for a major Canadian bank, and counting down the next 5 years to retirement. I got into acoustic music at the height of the folk boom in the early 60's and was influenced by Baez, Dylan, PP&M, and Gordon Lightfoot. Along the way I've picked up 6 & 12 -string guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo and harmonica, and recently a mandocello.

I sing alone or with a group called Folkal point (about 2-3 gigs a year) and am a confirmed folkie who has become addicted to the Mudcat....

Yer all crazy.... DON'T CHANGE !!

Davey.... (:>)


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 07:59 AM

Now this is a fine thread! What a pleasure it is to get to know all you new folks. While I'm sure that the 'cat seems a bit cliquish at times, trust me--it ain't. We old-timers look forward to hearing more from you.

Bill Foster


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Freddie Fox
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 08:32 AM

I've already had a wonderful welcome through a different thread, but I joined a week or so ago because I was linked here in a search for elusive lyrics [sound familiar?] I'm 39, married with three kids, and I run the house, my husbands and my own businesses and used to play in and run a folk rock band. I'm therefore at home alone most of the time, and it's very nice to have a few people non-business-wise to talk to every now and then. I'm also a Christian and heavily involved in our local Church, but that's mostly evenings and weekends. I love reading and music, hate ironing and spiders [and no, I can do without comments about ironing spiders], and I play the piano, clarinet, guitar and folk flute - only the last with any degree of competence. Hi to all


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Mbo
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 08:47 AM

Hello, I'm Mbo. My real name is Matthew and I am 20 years old (soon to be 21!) As a former military brat (my father retired from the Marines Corps in May) I have been many places, and therefor technically have no "home." I was born in Albany, Georgia, and have lived in Georgia twice, California twice, Okinawa, Japan once, and North Carolina twice, which is where I live now. But, since both of my parents were born and raised in Philadelphia, PA before they joined the Marines AND 97% of their families live their, I consider Philadelphia "home." Right now (on weekends & holidays) I live with my parents in "the great metropolis" of Hubert, NC, about halfway between Jacksonville and Swansboro (the great metropolis consists of a post office, a barber shop, and a bingo parlor.) During the week I live here in Greenville, NC (about 85 miles from Hubert)in an apartment with my sister as we attend East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!)I am majoring in Communication Arts (or commercial art as it is sometimes called.) I love music--I've been known to listen intently to music on commercials, and even made a tape of my favorite computer game music. As for instruments, I play guitar and fiddle. I have had a classical background in both of these instruments, the guitar more so than the violin, and if it weren't for the size of my college major, I would be minoring in classical guitar performance (Villa-Lobos rules!) I've always been interested in Celtic music--when I was four, my mother asked me if there was a musical instrument that I would like to play, I said "Bagpipes!"(being of mostly Italian & German heritage it is strange that the perhaps 1/15 of my that MIGHT be of Celtic extraction has come to the forefront.) The total Celtic boom happened when in Fall of 1997, my NPR station replaced Weekend Radio with The Thistle & Shamrock. Thus began the downward spiral in Celtic music--and here I am today, playing Celtic music, singing Celtic music (even in public!) and writing Celtic music (I think my last composition was listing #54 on the Mbo celtic music tally.) I love being on Mudcat because there are so many people here that know things that a young fella like me can glean--from music to philosophy to politics. It is also a great place to get INTELLIGENT and in-depht conversations about folk & traditional music, which is (sadly) not one of the things you can talk to anyone on campus about. But I love Rock & Celtic & Classical & Opera & Jazz & world folk & yes, even some musicals (gasp!) "Praise be to 'Catters of the world, triumphant is their sword, allegiance is their word..."

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Andy McD
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 09:14 AM

Hi

New? I guess so. I only discovered this place last week. Wish I could remember how - but, hey, that's the story of my life!! I'm almost 31 now and have never felt so old as just now when I typed it. Scottish, single, pretty new - and naive - to folk music but hoping to get turned on to a few new things here. Into Dylan, The Band, Neil Young, Wilco and that kind of thing but I wouldn't rule anything out. I don't play any instruments or sing but I do indulge in a lot of wishful thinking about it. One of these days I may even get around to doing something about it....

I also like sports. I have a season ticket for my local soccer team (Motherwell). They're not very good. I also love gridiron - the Washington Redskins are my faves. The past few years they've not been very good. As far as baseball goes I choose to follow the fortunes of the Seattle Mariners. Yup, they're not very good. Little wonder my hair is going grey....

Anyway, that's me. Looking forward to finding out about this thing called folk from you 'catters!

Cheers

Andy


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Blackcat2
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 09:37 AM

Greetings all

I'm Blackcat2 but my real name is Tom Cook. I got blackcat from the fact that I help run a coffee house at my Unitarian church which we hold on the 2nd Friday each month - the first oe was on a Friday the 13th - hence the name. I work in data management school textbook pubilsher's Harcourt Inc. in Orlando, FL. I try to avoid the theme parks, though I do enjoy that I can look out from my 4th floor ofice and watch dolphins cavorting at Sea World.

Musically, I'm a member of the Folk Music Ensemble at my church and I'm a "hardcore" Celtic singer who kinda wishes his last name was Clancy. But no matter - i perform mostly a'cappela as I don't play guitar - I do play the spoons and jews harp and am currently learning the bohdran. I occasionally play with a good friend who can do anything with a 12-string and we have a ot of fun lettig people get us drunk and have their way with us in the local pub (musically speaking that is!

I'm single, 33, born in S. California but have lived the last 20 years in Florida, am an lay minister, and have a whole bunch of friends who love me bu tell me I know way too much stuff.

Pax yall


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Bert
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 09:42 AM

Wow, what a great crowd of new friends we have here. I don't have time to respond to you individually but, like Banjer, I'm going to steal a quote from Owlcat who claims to be "just one heckuva swell guy". Well I gonna say that applies to all of you "swell guys and gals" Welcome aboard.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Tootsie
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 10:12 AM

Mai name is Toosie, I'm shy. I live in California and Seattle and everywhere all at the same time, I can do handstands and wiggle my toes, is that folk? Love the thread creep, reminds me of uraveling spaghetti. The best thing about folk music is that ther are so many kinds. My idol is Lonesome Larry and the Utility Co. I absolutely hate bag pipes, otherwise I am normal.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 10:32 AM

Blackcat2, your a minister? Whew, finally some help for Joe Offer. We're an urully bunch at times. Now if I could only find a Mudcatter who lives in Toronto and fixes cars!

Rick


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Ely
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 10:42 AM

(Another newcomer). My real name is Alethea. I'm not originally from anywhere; I was born in New Jersey and lived in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Colorado before landing in Spring, Texas (a suburb of Houston--Lyle Lovett country). I am a senior at a small college in Iowa and recently switched from a biology to a history major, which was probably one of the craziest things I've ever done. I'm 22, no SO, have a younger brother, an elderly calico cat, and an American Eskimo dog mix (recently acquired from an animal shelter, but that's another story altogether).

I took piano lessons when I was a [younger] kid, have messed around on pennywhistle and hammered dulcimer (which was a bit of a failure since I used to wear bifocals). I played with a square dance band here at school for a couple of years, which forced me to become a better, if still mediocre, back-up guitar player. My main instrument is the mountain dulcimer, although I admit my playing style has become somewhat distorted since I've spent the last 4 years trying to make myself acceptable to fiddles and mandolins ("Why, yes--that is a capo. Let's play a jig in E minor.").

I like old-time and bluegrass music, some C&W, Celtic, ragtime (hmm, I should probably start working on that piano again), acoustic blues . . . My parents didn't grow up with folk music themselves but always had it on hand when I was little.

Other than that, I'm into history (especially the American West & Civil War) and horses, and have a number of "lesser" interests involving old cars, architecture, Volkswagens, and folk art (graphic, that is).


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Blackcat2
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 11:15 AM

hey all

well, Rick, I am a lay minister with my church - fairly unofficial, but I lead a fair amount of services in my church and others around Florida, and I'm in charge of adult religious education as well. I cannot promise to be an expert, but if there's ever any theological folk msic questions out there, I'll be happy to put in my $.02

By the way, I know someone in Toronto who used to BUILD cars - Buicks, I beleive. Probably not much help. But check out the Car Talk web pages (from public radio in the States) at Cars.com - there might be some reccomended mechanics up your way.

pax


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 11:17 AM

Damn Fielding...this is getting better and better. Remember how long it took to get this kind of openess from folks a year ago? (Think about the "boilerplate" threads and how guarded everyone was).....Must be something right about the joint if all these great folks can be this trusting.

Bill in Alabama--Glad to see you back up and running. Musta' got the problem fixed. Was it server?

My server is about to cut off to move their equipment today, so I'll cut this short. But....

ANDY McD -- We here at the 'Cat operate (in conjunction with the CIA) the "Neil Young Center for the Terminally Screwed" out in Montana. You'll find some of our folks checking in there on a regular basis. The CIA uses the place to train crazed tiple bands for the overthrow of various governments or to advance their caause in one way or another. A new wing was recently opened there and Bert was one of its first occupants, the "James Taylor Rehab Center for Catatonically Bland." He's out now, but still undergoing treatment on an outpatient basis.

Once again, WELCOME ALL !!!!!!!!

Spaw - along with Cletus,Paw,Buford,the Reg boys,and the Cleigh O'Possum


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Bert
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 11:24 AM

Ah! we don't all possess your eloquent turn of phrase 'Spaw.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Loretta Grace
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:25 PM

Well, I'm 21, I live in Manhattan NY (and love it to peices). I'm an English major (can't spell) and I hang out with these trad Irish bands WAAAAY too much which is why I'm here. BTW, any fans of a capella here? Loretta


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Ma-K
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:36 PM

I'm here after a couple of months of afraid to jump in. We live in southeast Iowa. I came here from the upper Big Horn Basin, near Yellowstone Park in 1960.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Ma-K
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:48 PM

Sorry I hit the wrong button. I enjoy playing my lap dulcimer on the porch of our Log Village, Stage Coach stop-Inn.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Jigger
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:50 PM

I'm Jigger, known in the real world as Sarah. I'm 24 and find myself thoroughly enmeshed in the non-profit museum world in Boston.

Folk music came to me in the guise of a lovely young man whose sister played in the Nashville folk band "Bards of a Feather." This young man courted me with folk music, and we ended up dating for several years. He broke my heart to go to grad school in Minnesota, and I broke his by staying in the east. I still can't hear the Danny Carnahan "True Thomas" without dissolving into tears.

After leaving college, I found myself missing folk music and the camaraderie of singing or playing with a group (lots of choirs and orchestras in college). I settled in Boston last year, and have just recently been learning tin whistle. I sing a bit and am enjoying getting my ear back.

You'll find me lurking around Mudcat occasionally. I'm always good for a sardonic comment or bizarre medieval fact.

Jigger


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Peter T.
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 01:01 PM

I have long felt that being able to do handstands and wiggle your toes is essential to folk music, which is why I do not consider myself a folkie. I have been trying to do handstands all my life, and failing (sob.). Toes I can do. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Mudjack
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 01:14 PM

WELCOME ABOARD


Our community is growing and with so many new Catter's, Thank you Rick for the good sense to start this great thread.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Blackcat2
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 01:17 PM

Hey Loretta

Do you mean a'cappella Irish/Celtic singing? if yes - that's primarly what I do. Old style to modern.

Do you sing?


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: sophocleese
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 01:27 PM

Well I've been here about 2 months now, where has my life gone? no wonder my living room's NEVER tidy. I sing quite well, play recorder less well and commit atrocities on guitar and bodhran. Another guy in our local song circle and I are getting together to do occasional local gigs (shameless plug - Corner Coffeehouse in Newmarket, Ontario on Dec. 10 - shameless plug over). I'd been checking out the place for lyrics for awhile before I accidentally clicked on a thread. Before I got together with the other guy I mostly sang a cappella traditional English and Scottish tunes.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Micca
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 01:47 PM

Query, is a capella what we Old worlders call "unaccompanied" or is it a more specific unaccompanied singing. I ask as previously it seemed to refer to Jazz or otherwise more improvisational singing. We are indeed "divided by a common language"


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