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New Catters in the last 2 months?

katlaughing 08 Nov 99 - 07:27 PM
katlaughing 08 Nov 99 - 07:22 PM
Brendy 08 Nov 99 - 07:11 PM
Jacob Bloom 08 Nov 99 - 06:50 PM
Quirk Malarkey 08 Nov 99 - 06:28 PM
bbc 08 Nov 99 - 05:28 PM
Mbo 08 Nov 99 - 02:00 PM
bbc 08 Nov 99 - 11:36 AM
Metchosin 08 Nov 99 - 12:29 AM
Brendy 07 Nov 99 - 10:55 PM
Liz the Squeak 07 Nov 99 - 06:11 PM
Jon Freeman 07 Nov 99 - 02:08 PM
Mbo 07 Nov 99 - 02:05 PM
Margaret\W 07 Nov 99 - 01:33 PM
Caitrin 07 Nov 99 - 12:36 PM
Llanfair 07 Nov 99 - 09:14 AM
Mark Roffe 07 Nov 99 - 01:35 AM
bbc 06 Nov 99 - 04:36 PM
Liz the Squeak 06 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM
poet 05 Nov 99 - 07:02 PM
dollmaker 05 Nov 99 - 12:46 PM
Shimbo Darktree 05 Nov 99 - 10:41 AM
jaguar 01 Nov 99 - 11:48 AM
ericsymonds 01 Nov 99 - 09:25 AM
Metchosin 01 Nov 99 - 01:53 AM
Rick Fielding 01 Nov 99 - 01:08 AM
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McGrath of Harlow 31 Oct 99 - 02:10 PM
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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 07:27 PM

Here's a link to the new continuation thread.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 07:22 PM

Wow! Hadn't read through this one in a few days! Welcome to you all! Fascinating to hear about you all and where youa re coming from and been. If you have any questions or anything just give one of us a holler and we'll do our best to answer. It is wonderful to see so many "newbies" on here.

bbc - I'll start a new one thread and come back to put the link in.

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Brendy
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 07:11 PM

"Gobbler's Knob" was, or is, the name of the place where poor Bill Murray kept wakening up each morning with a chance to make right the mistakes of the day before, in the film "Groundhog Day". I think it is, according to the film, somewhere in NE USA.

The other connotation is too frightening to contemplate!! Breandán


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Jacob Bloom
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 06:50 PM

I connected to Mudcat this morning to look up the words to "The Good Old Way", because I heard it at NOMAD yesterday, and it's been running through my head ever since. I took a look at a few threads while I was here, and couldn't resist adding to the "modern traditional" thread - so I guess I should introduce myself.

I call contra & square dances, tell stories, and lead Klezmer dancing (although no one is quite sure yet what that is.) I also play pennywhistle and bones, and write the occasional song. I have the kind of memory which tends to retain song lyrics for decades after I've learned them - this must have been a very useful skill a few hundred years ago, but it's of limited value in these days of songbooks and sound recordings.

I have a website, which includes various dances and songs I've written. If anyone is interested, it's at www.gis.net/~bloom

Jacob


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Quirk Malarkey
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 06:28 PM

brendy, i can almost do you post with one breath. almost. --doodlezak


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: bbc
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 05:28 PM

Good one, Mbo! You & I are hopping from thread to thread together. We've got to stop meeting like this! BTW, one of our link gurus should start us on part 2; this is getting toooooo long!

bbc


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Mbo
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 02:00 PM

Bbc, could that possibly be "A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Mudcat Forum?"

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: bbc
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 11:36 AM

Caitrin,

My son, davidmc24, is also a high school senior. We live in New York, about 1 hr North of NY City. He is not too active in the discussion forum & has had a large part in making the resources site available. He's a serious computer guy, but is also dabbling in theatre this year, w/ a role in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Metchosin
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 12:29 AM

Could you enlighten me Brendy, we have a hill just down the road from us, that is also known locally as Gobbler"s Knob and I've always wondered what it meant or do I really want to know?


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Brendy
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 10:55 PM

How 're ye doin' lads and lassies! I've just registered myself a few minutes ago and thought I would say a general hello to you all. I was born in north County Armagh, lived in basically every other part of Ireland, until, 5 years ago, I moved over to Oslo, Norway. I'm quite fond of putting commas and semi-colons into text things, probably because I don't know what to do with my fingers while trying to find the next key on my keyboard. Punctuation notwithstanding, I manage to to keep a reasonably chaotic life as a full time musician, touring mostly Scandinavia (Norway in particular)on the go. I'm a trad head. Have been all my life. Those who know me will testify that single-handedly I am responsible for the dramatic increase in Norwegian imports of D'Addario guitar strings (they should be sponsoring me really). I play also with an East Clare fiddler, gifted blues guitar player, songwriter, and long time pal of Martin Hayes, Mark Gregory who lives in Trondheim (Mid Norway). We go under the name of "Gobbler's Knob"; rather tounge in cheek, I know, but sure It puts a smile on my face every time I see the poster. Been across to visit our American bretheren once or 2wice: St. Louis and Chicago; my kind of towns!!!! Catch you on the 'Cat Brendan


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 06:11 PM

Llanfair - how did I upset Les Barker? Let me count the ways....

The clue is in the nickname, and if you want to hear it, beg, borrow or buy a copy of 'A Cardi and Bloke'. I'm the one that sounds like a passing bat having hysterics. The first time I saw him, I laughed so hard I fell off the serving hatch I was sitting on, into the kitchen on the other side.

It has got to the point where I will be offered bribes to stay away from his gigs, and if he sees any of my friends, he will ask them if I'm with them, and runs screaming if they say yes.....

Shame, because I'm really rather fond of him in a way that probably isn't good for either of us.......

LTS


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 02:08 PM

Yawn - Seriously Maragret/W why should you think that what you had written might be boring. I (and I would guess most others) really are interested in knowing a bit more about other Mudcatters.

I wish I had your musical background.

Jon


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Mbo
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 02:05 PM

Caitrin! Welcome to Mudcat. You say you're a senior at a high school in Eastern North Carolina? What high school, and what city are you from? I'm up in Greenville at ECU, and am excited to have another Eastern North Carolinian on the Mudcat! How did you fare all the flooding? Did you make it through ok? I'm sure you'll enjoy all the musical adventures & highjinks we have here!

--Mbo (from Down East in Pitt County)


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Margaret\W
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 01:33 PM

Hello to all

What can I say without being boring?

I've grown up amidst the music of Northumberland from being a small child, and learned songs that my father's father taught him (and so on) without realising that not everyone has the sort of musical heritage that we have around here. Alongside the songs and dances, I learned to play the Northumbrian smallpipes from the late Joe Hutton - a lovely man and a great musicain with a wealth of tunes in his head - then stumbled into playing the flute and now spend more time than anything playing the fiddle.

I was lucky enough to be able to study music at York University where the staff were far-sighted enough to let me spend most of my final year concentrating on traditional music in my home area - if only I had the time to do that again now! Having decided that I didn't want to follow the classical route seriously, and being desperate to get back to my home patch again, I took up primary school teaching and am now headteacher of a small school in the Cheviot foothills - only 40 pupils aged 4 to 9, and I teach 20 of them full time.

I'm married to Andy who is a champion smallpipes player himself, and as well as doing lots of fiddle/pipes duets, we play in a group called Dishalagie with my dad (still playing the banjo and mandolin at the age of 74, and writing tunes too), a friend who's an expert moothie player with a six-sided mouth organ, and a singer who's just retired from being the last coble fisherman at Beadnell.

Well, I hope that wasn't too boring!


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Caitrin
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 12:36 PM

I guess I'm the youngun here, as I'm a senior in high school in eastern North Carolina. I've only been here about a month, and got almost immediately sucked in by the entertaining conversation. THanks to all for making me feel welcome!


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Llanfair
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 09:14 AM

Hi, Liz. I'm curious, how did you manage to upset Les Barker?
Welcome to all the new people, I'm an addict now, 'specially as it doesn't cost so much to be on the net. Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Mark Roffe
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 01:35 AM

Hey Mississippi John Cleaner, you are quite a writer. Looking for more of that stuff. Thanks, Mark


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: bbc
Date: 06 Nov 99 - 04:36 PM

Graham,

All jobs in the Tavern are on a volunteer basis. I was a barmaid there for quite awhile. Used to be coffee, cookies, & good conversation. I have to say, the direction seems to have changed a bit since I left. Whatever. You are welcome to become the bouncer, but we don't tend to exclude many. Use discretion or you'll find you've bounced our most upstanding citizens & then, what will become of us?! The pay stinks (I did get a shipment of gold from Donald Trump once!), but, oh, the tips! :)

bbc


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 06 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM

Well I supose I'd better do this bit, seeing as how I've poked my fourpence worth in everywhere else....

I'm known as Liz the Squeak, I'm about halfway, and live in East London, not too far from Micca. 'Twas he introduced me to this site, along with a lot of other things that are bad for me, so blame him...

I'm loud, Christian (not that you'd notice!), interested in chocolate, reading, singing, beer, chocolate, getting a job and screwing my former employers for everything I can. I'm asthmatic, have a 3 year old daughter who eats cat biscuits and hardly wears clothes (although today she has managed to wear 2 pairs of tights (pantyhose) and get holes in them both, both brand new.....), like chocolate, have done my time on the boards, worked in a military museum, do family history (genealogy, and yes I do know about the Mormon websites) and originally lived in Dorset, not that far from Stella. I have been a morris dancer (til the lungs packed up), still have a lot of connections with morris dancers (shut up Micca) and eat chocolate a lot. Oh, I build and dance with giants. And I'm known as the squeak because I upset passing bats and Les Barker.

Anything else???

LTS


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: poet
Date: 05 Nov 99 - 07:02 PM

Hi I may have said some of this on another thread, but here goes.
My real name is Graham and I am a Yorkshireman from Rotherham living in Guernsey (UK Channel Islands).I am 59yrs old. I started singing (unnacompanied) in the mid sixties I write poetry and have had four poems published in private collections, I play the Bodhran and sing with three groups The worst show on Earth, Me N im, and Esteves Capper and Drum, I ran the Guernsey Folk Club for 12yrs and a freind and I started the Guernsey International Folk Festival 15yrs ago and i retired from that this year. I love any LIVE music I wouldn't cross the road for a disco or Kareoke. Im easy going and Laid back most of the time but i do have the odd sore spot and speak before engaging Brain. I have found that whatever folk club you may walk into the people are different but the welcome is the same, as it is with the cat.

For those of you who are more recent catters than I welcome. for those ancient ones (regardless of bodily age) thank you for being what you are and letting me in.

Graham (Guernsey)

P.S. I was also a bouncer for 15yrs so if there are any vacancies at the Tavern??


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: dollmaker
Date: 05 Nov 99 - 12:46 PM

Yeah, we're new,too. Been doing folk music since the 60's(isn't that when it all started?)Come to Berea sometime and visit.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 05 Nov 99 - 10:41 AM

Don, it's great to hear from a SF fan. Zelazny is good...
but Vance is better!

And Catspaw49 (I assume that's your age, and that you don't
come from the 49ers ... you old critter you!)
You owe me for a new keyboard ... Aussie dollars, please!
I laughed so much that the tears ran into my keyboard, and
saturated all the electronic doohickeys inside. You are quite
a comic!


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: jaguar
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:48 AM

All right, I'm new here, I'll bite... my name's Jaguar, Jag for short, and yes that is what most people call me, barring my immediate family and my SO for some odd reason =) I'm a anthropology/history major, second-year in college, and one of the many things I want to end up studying is folk music migration... stemming from a long time ago, when my aunt and uncle and cousin and I used to sit around in their house in NC and sing all night. I play lots of instruments mediocrely =) but both my dad and my uncle play music professionally. Found this site doing a web-search for the lyrics to Mattie Groves and adored it at first site. From DC and WI (lived in the one, go to college in the other), and aspiring to go on a tour of Europe someday and collect songs and stories =)


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: ericsymonds
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 09:25 AM

Introducing,real name ,Eric.Great site to be on. Rhythm guitar player for two years with Bill Sables band Shananikins,have had an interest in folk/Irish music for some 37 years,yes I am older than Bill. Bill just looks older.Favourites:- Musician - Sam Pirt Band - Old Rope String Food - Anything Italian. Hope to hear from you all,eventually! Cheers, Gareth.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Metchosin
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:53 AM

Hi from the west coast of Canada. I'm new too. I have been spending a lot of time looking up folksongs here to see if you have all the ones that we know included. Pretty impresive site! Also I have been trying to see where one of my grandfathers learned his banjo and fiddle tunes, to see what part of the USA he spent 15 years of his life in. Could be a dead end, as songs travelled pretty fast even in the early 1900's.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 01:08 AM

Nice to see that there's quite a few new young'uns around here.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 02:19 PM

Yeah, I was about to go into all sorts of hip-hoorays myself......But we're glad to have you at 47, and you're welcome to stay til 87.........But then you have to leave.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 02:10 PM

Bugger - I got to Frankie's "four score and seven", and it started me feeling young. "Two score and seven?" Naah, been there, done that.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Frankie
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 01:38 PM

Uuuuhhh...... make that 2 score and 7 *blush*. A veritable toddler by SF standards.

F


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Frankie
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 01:06 PM

Hi,

I've been stopping in the last couple of weeks and always find something interesting going on here. I currently live in South Florida, am 4 score and 7 and am a musical omnivore who sings and plays the guitar. I never know what kind of tune I"ll fall in love with next, wether it's by O'Carolan or Ray Charles. Gotta' a feeling I'm in the right place.

Best Wishes to All,

Frankie


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 08:17 PM

Mead good. Black bogge beer better.

Daniel/Riverwind. You sound low in spirit. Pick up your axe and walk...

"Ah but when your day's done and your spirits are low
There's pubs and there's clubs, and there's sessions also,
Though the girls might be snooty, and the beer might be dear
If you sing us a song than you'll be welcome here."


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 06:47 PM

Yezzir we shur iz az yuh kin tell frum Don's offul gud punkchalizzashun an captalizzashun thair. sumtimes Catspaw lez me use his puter an I wont ta take this heer chanz ta say WELLCUM frum allus whut lives heer withen Catspaw. Weel we all doan rightly liv hith him and Miz Karen so mich az we kinda hang aroun thair house a goodly bit uv the time. catspaw sez we shud say hello now senz its huntin time an me an Paw an Buford iz gonna take the Reg boys deer huntin an in return fer which they gonna take usns Ice fission. Weer gonna be a trine ta git our guide bizness goin this year so we will jez say hi now.

CLETUS... fur PAW, BUFORD, an REG, REG, and REG


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 06:28 PM

Wow! Shimbo of Darktree Tower, Shrugger of Thunders. A real Pei'an Diety who is also a musician. I'm impressed. I meet Jack of Shadows once but that was years ago at dinner with Larmon Pels and Heidel Von Hymack.

Welcome to the Cat we are a well read and literate group.

Don


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Quirk Malarkey
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 01:12 PM

tom curley here. mountain dulcimer player with a minor in bodhran. it all started in a music store in norfolk, virginia back in '73 owned by one bob zentz. he showed me how to play a limber jack to bluegrass banjo and i've loved the music ever since. there is nothing like a parlor pickin' on a hot saturday night to stir me into wild folky abandon. i currently live on o'ahu, hawai'i in the middle of slack key paradise. i down loaded the data base and am determined to sing every last bloody song in it at least once. many happy returns to all of us. --doodlezak


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 12:36 PM

Another note of Welcome to all of you.....C# this time. Very important as you get older.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Ferret
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 12:21 PM

Hi I've been on the cat for a little while now and have had a lot of help from you all. [That takes a lot of patience]. I think this is a great place to cum and chill out or have a chat and a lark or a drink in the tavern. My name is Graham but ferret to all my friends. I am 42 and I have been a dark age/medieval re-enactor for 27 years all those on dark cold winter mornings it often feels like 127. I am a single parent and I got in to folk song 1972 throw re-enactment with many a night sat round the campfire sing [well that's what we call it. We can murder any song.] I like song with something to say and with gut's not twee songs, song from the people. I live in the Kent U.K. and I am dyslexic so if my spellchecker gets it wrong I probable wont notice so pleas be patience I do try to get it right. I collect folk songs good and bad new and old, and in this the Cat has been very help full. As for big Mike all that black stuff you can keep it the worst thing to cum out of Ireland sins Terry Wogan [those in the US may not now who that is if you lucky] and as far as I am concern I will resave all of the black stuff for you. Give me a good mead any day. Some of the best chats I have been with people that I have not all ways agreed with as it make you rethink your views. As for being addictive I had not noticed [I don't look at my phone bill] tfic. I would send in I pic for the rouges gallery if I can just figure out how. And lastly a big thanks to you all at the Mudcat.

All the best ferret


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 12:09 PM

Nope, it didn't come up as a "blue clicky thing" ... b*gg*r.
Never mind, the address is correct.
Shimbo


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 12:05 PM

OK, I'll add my bit to the list.

My name is Ian Clarke. My nick was taken from a book
titled "Isle of the Dead" by Roger Zelazny - the sci-fi
buffs will know it (probably).

I am from Tasmania, Australia, and currently live in Brisbane
Queensland (also Australia).
My second job is as an accountant (that's the one that pays)>
My first job is folk singer (with guitar), and that's the
one that does NOT pay. I started singing folk in the mid
60's (hey, stop calculating my age!), stopped doing it
publicly for around 25 years, and have started again.
This happened because I was listening to a singer at a
resort hotel where I'd gone on business, and he noticed I
was watching his chords (settle down! I mean the ones he
was playing, not wearing). He asked me if I would like to
do a couple of numbers, as he believed it was the easiest
way for him to earn his crust. So I did, and realised how
much I missed the old folk clubs. Well, I have since found
an old-style folk club, and we run each Wednesday night.
Any visitors to Brisbane are welcome (no cover charge!)
and more info can be sourced from (and I'm not going to get
fancy here): http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/eltonjohn/168/folk.html
Hope that comes up right!

Shimbo


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 11:23 AM

Oy Davey, do I really have to bring my instrument to the January 2 event. Somehow I've got to get over being so nervous. When I have a lesson with Rick and I want him to hear something new I've made up, I get so scared that I can only play it if he leaves the room and listens from a distance where I can't see him. I think I need a therapist. Actually, what I need is to start a Thread about fears and anxiety playing music around others.

Rana hopefully we will be meeting one of these day
Max, I went to the bar once, it was an awful experience. If it wasn't for MMario and Catspaw I would have been crushed by the frisky dog, and left to die of hypothermia in the garden where they put me to nap.
Little Neo


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Mississipi John Cleaner
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 09:15 AM

Good thing this box is little cause my life ain't much to tell.

I see there are a lot of mudcat johns. Down the Mississippi they call me John. They don't call me much though - mostly just yell. So I rock and sing my made up blues:

It's hard for a fat little old white guy to exploit the blues It's hard for a fat little old white guy to exploit the blues Singing all day don't buy you a half a pair of shoes

But you mudcat women respect men who sing and clean toilets. I sing the blues and clean toilets so you can call me Mississipi John Cleaner.

I may rock my chair on delta porches these days but you ain't raised much money for that old folk music manglers home yet, now have ya? I been in the industry. Back in 42, maybe the year that Bill Lowndes disappeared, walked off into the mountains with a flask of Slippery Shenandoah and never returned, well back then I was told by Mississouri Tarpaper Roll Thomas to 'get into the industry man, take a janitorial job, take anything, just get in man.'

So I got me a job as janitor at Moon Studio. Moon started me off cleaning toilets - I had no janitorial senority ya know. I cleaned well. The bowls were so shinny you could eat out of em. Maybe I cleaned too well. No one signed me a recording contract and a lot of clubs wouldn't let me sing.

Started having trouble with women back then. They were ok until I sang, then they grew cold and distant, very distant. I would find myself with only toilet bowls to sing to. Each day I would make up new blues songs, like Leadbelly's, and sing to my toilets about the women I lost:

you never like the brush I use to brush you hair you never like the brush I use to brush you hair but the toilet she don't even care if the brush I use on her bowl has a bit of your brunette hair

Sometimes a tear would splash into the bowl. But don't you be sad for me. I did ok. I had my art, my songs, my blues. You be surprised how wonderful a big old sparkling toilet can sound. Better than Carnegie Hall. Try those big ol toilet with seats built for comfort, not those tiny new ones. Sometimes the toilets sang back or at least hummed harmonies. They sounded so sweet that I would often throw my arms around their smooth white basins and give them big long hugs. And sometimes the toilet seats would tape me on the head to let me know they enjoyed my songs.

Before long I was the best toilet bowl cleaner in the record industry. Has its rewards. Like the time I looked up Josephine Baker's dess until she took off all her clothes and ruined it. But you probably want to hear about folk music. Besides Josephine was getting old when she came back across the Atlantic for that tour. And I can't write everything in this one little web box.

Paul Simon was just a kid when I first cleaned his antique toilet - a pudgy young songwriter with talent and energy and that other felow with Einstein's hair. Paul burst in while I was cleaning his tank - he couldn't hold it any longer. I told Paul, I said, 'Paul, leave the top off the tank, let the morning sun shine through the window on the red rubber ball that floats on the water in the tank. This toilet's a genuine work of art.' He beamed and said, 'Great idea. Thanks man.'

As he left the room doing up his fly I started singing a new blues: Let the morning sun come shining on you red rubber ball. Let the morning sun come shining on you red rubber ball. After all it a great toilet Paul.'

I didn't see Paul for many years after that. I cleaned lots of toilets in a lot of different studios. I cleaned toilets for some of the best voices in the music business. One day I was scrubbing away singing, 'What's my line, cleaning toilets,' when Van Morrison runs in holding himself. Those Irish guys know what to with a beer or what to do with cases of beer. The urinal I was working on was almost clean enough to relieve a star of Van's caliber. I kept singing, rushing to finish the job when he yells, 'Get out of the way, I got to piss man.' I was troubled but I kept singing as I moved aside. A moment later he let out a sigh of relief and asked me what tune I was singing. As I replied, 'Cleaning Toilets,' the receptionists pushed open the bathroom door. Van mistook her for a fan, a BB, or a brunette bimbo as we like to say in the recording industry, as opposed to a BB, one of those blond bimbos. Van yells at the receptionist, 'No autographs please! Can't you see I've got something in my hand and I can't write with it.'

Well, the recptionist wasn't looking for him, she had Paul Simon on the phone, for me, after so many years. Paul was worried. The sun looked great on the rubber ball in his antique toilet but the light destroyed the rubber. Antique tiolets parts are hard to find. To calm him, I said in soft singing tones, 'Don't worry Paul. There's fifty way to fix your rubber.' I told him softy, 'Use a rubber band man. Try rubber cemment gent.' After a few more ideas like this, he calmed down, thanked me and hung up. Haven't heard from him lately. Wonder how he's doing with his music.

I could tell you about a Bitish blue singer's toilet - it wasn't exactly Londonderry Air in there ya know. But enough of these toilet tales. If this box keeps expanding it's going to get stretch marks. So let me tell you an old folk remedy - when they start singing, shove nutmeg in your ears - whole nutmegs, unground. And, you with your pot after pot of mint tea, always dirtying toilet bowls, shame, shame, shame, shame of fools.

But I can be adaptable too? You don't want none of this silent scowling stuff over the breakfast bacon. I can come right out and tell you, 'You fat ugly bitch. Why you don't wear the black underwear I bought you for Valentines? Your tits too big? Your ass too big? Do you need a slap on your big ass? Should I call Al Capone? He'll send you a Valentine.'

Is that better, honey? Is that the song you wanted to hear babe? Drop me a line when you got the time.

Rocking on the front porch but don't push me in the river again, Mississipi John Cleaner


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 07:30 PM

DanielRiverwind,

The little red asterisks indicate the blocks that must be filled in to register as a member. The other blocks are optional.

I understand your being wary. Keep hanging around and make that decision later.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: KathWestra
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 05:57 PM

Humble little experiment?????
The Mudcat's the best thing to happen to me, and I reckon to a bunch more of us, in a long time!

I'm Kathy Westra, Kath to my friends (that's you guys!), and I live in Silver Spring, Md., about a block away from LaMarca, her husband, and her singing cat. (Trust her, you don't want to hear Val sing!)

I've been hanging around this place about three months now, egged on by Sandy Paton, Rick Fielding, and other addicts. In 1971, I discovered folk music when I met Sandy and Caroline in Grand Rapids, Michigan, my hometown. They rescued me from the Calvinists in 1974 (another long story), and since then I've lived on the east coast.

I sing and play guitar, mountain dulcimer, and cello. (Once in a long-ago life I was a cello major in school and played in a symphony orchestra. It wasn't nearly as fun as folk music.) I've played "folk" cello on recordings by Archie Fisher and Helen Schneyer, and done a nationally broadcast public radio show of holiday songs with my former husband, Joe Hickerson. I'm an unabashed romantic, partial to traditional lyric songs from England and Ireland. Musically, there's nothing I like more than a room vibrating with a chorus of voices in many-layered harmony. The song can be old or new, obscure or well-known. What's important is that there are people REALLY singing. I also love to dance (contras, English, and waltz -- more about that in another thread).

I'm honored to be a part of this terrific community.
Kath


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: bobby's girl
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 05:25 PM

Hi - I'm also fairly new. My name is Stella, known here as bobby's girl. I was introduced to the Mudcat by Graham Pirt at Whitby this year, and have scarcely missed a day since - whoever said this place is addictive is right. I'm from Portland in Dorset - the original one which all the others were named after. I am a morris dancer and I also play guitar.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Max
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 01:08 PM

All right, looks like we're finally getting some young ladies around here. Careful going into the tavern girls, gets kinda rough in there, but hang with kat and alison, they know how to handle these guys. So... are ya single?

New blood and some young blood, I like it. That should keep this party goin. Welcome all to my humble little experiment gone MAD MAD MAD.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Melbert
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 10:34 AM

Hi, I've been posting for a few days now using the nickname "Mel" (In fact I posted earlier to this thread). I've just discovered that there's an existing 'catter who'se made occasional contributions using the same nickname. So to avoid confusion I've changed mine. If I've stepped on anyone's toes or put anyone's nose out of joint then I'm sorry. I just hope there's not already another Melbert.......

I'm the one based in Cheshire UK


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Davey
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 09:34 AM

Too bad, Rana, we've got some new things planned (sure, we just heard about it ourselves this week *Grin* and Les Barker won't be a surprise guest this year)... I'm sure I'll see you sometime before then.. Have a good trip..

Any of you other 'Catters from Toronto, be sure to come out on Jan 2nd, and bring an instrument or two for the singaround...

Shameless promotion, tsk. tsk..

Davey ... (:>)


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Rana
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 08:39 AM

Welcome, one and all!

This thread has been entertaining - it's been interesting seeing all the Toronto references, and wondering whether I can identify any of them from their log on names (Hi Davey, will be in England over the New Year and so will miss Fokal Point at the Mariposa at the Cloud night which I believe is happening on Jan 2 at the TRANZAC - see you at a Cloud concert sometime before then I'm sure).

As people have said, it does become addictive - I check about 3 times a day.

I've been on longer than 2 months - so I'll just refer people to bbc's profile page.

See you on some other thread sometime.

Rana


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: alison
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 04:13 AM

Welcome to everyone..... has anybody warned you yet how addictive this place is???? OOPS... looks like I'm too late.......

I only dropped in to find an obscure lyric for a friend... and that was 3 years ago!!!

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: Owlkat
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 03:56 AM

Hey There, Little Neophyte, In answer to your queries, yes, and yes.

Sam and Andy's (or Salmonella's as some of the local yokels refer to it, myself included) is still there, but the original owner sold it. The food is not quite as good as it used to be, but the portions are still bigh enough that you can eat until you should really stop, for not a lot of dough.

The Alpine Bakery is very much still there. Their bread is very very tasty, and their fruitcake won an international award on the internet earlier this year. Which is nice, I suppose, if you like fruitcake. I've always found fruitcake a bizzare concept, but then,I play bass, accordion, and banjo, so what do I know?

It does get dark here, but when the sun shines, it really is bright outside. We have a street festival called The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous in february to get folks back on their feet, and to beat back the effect of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. We also have the acclaimed Frostbite Music Festival, aaaaaand we have one of the toughest dog sled races in the world around the same time of year. The trail goes 1000 miles from Whithehorse to Fairbanks, which is fine if that's what you want to do with your life. I'm a kat person, anyway. To quote Fritz Weaver,"Of course, cats are smarter than dogs. Just try to get six cats to pull a sled through the snow."

I dunno. I just thought up Owlkat out of the blue. Mostly because I'm a veteran insmomniac, and I think kats are the most highly evolved life form on the planet. Well, yes, they do reproduce in large enough numbers to rival the fecundity of homo sapiens, but anything with fur that soft, and blessed with the ability to purr can't be totally evil. Unless of course, you're a sparrow, a mouse, or a gold fish.

That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. Bed-time! (Yeah. Right.) Night all. Plant you now, dig you later. ;-) Mart.


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Subject: RE: New Catters in the last 2 months?
From: DanielRiverwind
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 02:05 AM

I hang around here from time to time. I don't post much. Nothing to say I guess. I'm not a member. I saw the membership form and I'm not sure what the red asterisks mean, and I like to remain fairly anonymos. I've played folk music since I was 14. I've played various instruments, but guitar suits me fine. At one time I had a list of 2 or 3 hundred songs that I could play all the way from traditional folk to pop music, and classic music. I came from a long line of classic stringed intrument artists, so the only was I could get a guitar was if I trained in classic music, so I would pack up my guitar and find a place where I could play what I liked, but the training proved to be an asset when it came to breaking the monotony of a long song with what a lot of my friends referred to as a guitar break. You know...there have been a lot of really fine songs written in the last 30 years, but my favorites still stand. "The Whistlin'Gypsy", "Four Strong Winds", "Scarlett Ribbons", and my newest favorite, perhaps a little bit out of place, "The Rose". During the past ten years I've watched my guitars age, sitting idle in my study, and my voice grow a little hoarse from too many cigarettes, but once in a while I still pull my guitar out and play a couple of studies by Fernando Sor, and sing a couple of my favorite folksongs. To make up for what I have missed in the last few years, I come to this website and read some of the posts, and remember what it was like to hear laughter at something I said, or applause for a song or piece I did particularly well. So I would like to thank this bunch of like-minded artists who have reminded me that the art of folk music is not dead, and that there are still a few people left to pass on this legacy of story-telling and music on to the next generation.


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