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How many of us play in a traditional band.

GUEST,. 24 Feb 12 - 08:27 AM
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GUEST,Patricia Ann "Patches Holmes" - Appal. Dulc 14 Jul 10 - 09:51 AM
RangerSteve 15 Aug 09 - 07:53 PM
Mooh 15 Aug 09 - 07:36 PM
GUEST,leeneia 15 Aug 09 - 05:04 PM
Mooh 15 Aug 09 - 03:39 PM
Suegorgeous 15 Aug 09 - 12:53 PM
GUEST,HelenJ 15 Aug 09 - 04:38 AM
Michael Harrison 15 Aug 09 - 01:19 AM
Marilyn 14 Aug 09 - 03:57 AM
Allen in Oz 14 Aug 09 - 03:46 AM
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Songster Bob 13 Aug 09 - 07:15 PM
skarpi 13 Aug 09 - 06:42 PM
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GUEST,Celtic Soul 29 Aug 01 - 02:06 PM
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smallpiper 29 Aug 01 - 10:32 AM
SlowAlan 29 Aug 01 - 10:27 AM
RangerSteve 29 Aug 01 - 09:52 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 29 Aug 01 - 08:53 AM
Peg 20 Mar 01 - 09:49 AM
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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: GUEST,.
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 08:27 AM

how interesting


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 05:54 AM

I have moved to Barrington, NH _ patchesholmes@live.com


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: GUEST,Patricia Ann "Patches Holmes" - Appal. Dulc
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 09:51 AM

HI - I came across this site searching for Appalachian Dulcimer players in NH>>>>I am originally from Wheeling, Wva where I bought my dulcimer from Dulcimer Maker Carl Bryant - I graduated with a degree in Appalchian Culture from WHeeling Jesuit COllege (now Univesity) I was invited to teach the Little Middle Folkschool to include the dulcimer at the John C. Campbell folkschool and have been teaching Dulcimer and the traditional appalachian music arts and crafts throughout the Eastern US for 50 years now.......I enjoy my time with other dulcimer players and musicians at coffee houses, festivals and just out on the front porch of friends and family-- My dad (BLess his soul) taught me to tap, clog, play bones, guitar, spoons, guitar and the jug ( I never did get the hang of the jug) I wanted to find other folks that I could join sometime and play - I just moved back to NH from Signal Mtn,.TN - Have been a current member if the Allied Arts in Chattanooga, Tn....SO I think that you are doing a great job trying to get a thread going - Do you have a newsletter of somekind???? Do you all get together at any time for a gathering?? My daughter on Signal Mountain has her own production co. and owns 80 acres on Cloudland, Ga. We decided to start a folkschool last year - so it is in progress ---- I am the director of it (The Folkschool on the Mountain)....then my daughter here in Dover, NH is having a family crisis and I am needed here//I will still be teaching where adn when I can...My car was vandalized at the High School in TEnn. where I was teaching a woodland sculpture program to Juniors and Seniors,,,,So - it is still in garage - Had to come here without it - I teach Arts in Education and the schools are close - so transportation is not too much of a problem right now....Anyway - I would like to be one of your threads in Traditional Mountain Music.....My dearest friend Hoss Williams was a Wva Balladeer and passed away within the year after playing and singing at the Grand Ole OPry - he did a tribute to Burl Eves who first recorded Go Tell Aunt RHody......I began to help him at the West Virginia Gas and Oil co. Festival when he had trouble playing so long with the arthritis in his hands....I also would see Alan Freeman, a dulcimer player at those festivals and Maddie McNeil was at the John C Campbell taking dulcimer lessons when I was teaching the Little MIddle Folkschool... I saw her 20 years later at a concert and she remembered me, but I could not remember where I had met her...She said she would print it in a dulcimer newsletter and for me to read it ---- I could not believe it was her....anyway -hope you will consider me a new thread........til later - never goodbye    Patricia Ann "Patches" Holmes - Traditional Appalachian, Heritage and Environmental folklife artisan.....Dover, NH   patchesholmes@live.com


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: RangerSteve
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 07:53 PM

Eight years after I originally posted, I'm proud to say my band is still together, with two of the founding members. Other members either moved away or passed away, we've never kicked anyone out. We'v been together since 1985. That's probably not a record, but I think it's pretty good.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 07:36 PM

The aforementioned Homespun/Kerrykeel spun out and died a couple of years ago.

I have, for 10 years or so, played a variety of music from celtoid to swing with a very good fiddle player, and we get community, wedding, nursing home, and dinner music gigs. I like duos because I get all the freedom I need to arrange on the fly.

There is also another duo with a concertina player, though we mainly hitch our cart to an Irish singer as a trio. When we do the duo thing we are mostly trad. Again, as the sole guitarist, there is lots of room for improv within the accompaniment.

Am considering another group...

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 05:04 PM

Not quite a band - I belong to a group of friends who meet monthly and play early music and Celtic music. We haven't had a gig for some time, though.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 03:39 PM

Neil...Give me a call, I'll give you a copy.

Peace, Mooh (Mike Crocker).


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 12:53 PM

Until just now (practically), I was in a duo called One star awake - vocals, fiddle and harmony vocals, performing mainly trad folk songs. Fiddler sadly had to leave - so now looking for a new fiddler in Bristol UK - anyone know of anyone? hoping for a pianist too at some point...


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: GUEST,HelenJ
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 04:38 AM

I play in a ceilidh band called 'Marmalade' due to the fact we meet for breakfast on Saturday mornings at respective members' homes at the unheard of hour of 08.30. We then practice until 10.30 or so. We play traditional Irish, Scots, English and Breton tunes on fiddle, flute, accordion. We started off as an all female group but as some dropped out we have enlisted the help of some male players, my son, JohnJ on melodeon and his friend on guitar. We also have an 'errant' learner guitar player called Jen who is very promising (when she shows up....sorry Jen!) We play for the fun of it.

HelenJ


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Michael Harrison
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 01:19 AM

Big Mick - Just wondering if you happen to know my good friends from the band, "Legacy," especially Dr. Don and Valerie?   Cheers,...........mwh


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Marilyn
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 03:57 AM

My better half, self and daughter are in a band called Halfe Pannikin along with three friends.

We play mostly trad. British and western European with a tiny sprinkling of more modern stuff that still feels like trad. if you know what I mean :-)

Instruments are lute, guitar, cuatro, bouzouki, whistles, recorders, clarinet, saxophone, fiddle, octave fiddle, melodeon, flute, mandola.

Hubby and I also sing as a duo with mandola, flute, melodeon and recorders (but not all at once!). Our repertoire is almost exclusively traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles.

Marilyn


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 03:46 AM

Another Australian here.

I play in a Bush band...the Bell Bird Bush Band for square dances
(aka bush dances) . The band consists of Keyboard ( Wilma) Violin ( Bob) and guitar, vocals and harmonica ( Allen ).

Now that I am retired I also play in a trio for Nursing and retirement homes ( all World War 1 and 2 songs and 1930s and 1940s music ). Quite delightful. Some of the old music had beautiful chord progressions and it should be nurtured and played forever.

AD


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Maryrrf
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 08:33 PM

I'm in a duo that does a mix of Irish pub songs, American folk and we are now working with a fiddler to do some old timey stuff: http://www.myspace.com/turffire


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: Songster Bob
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 07:15 PM

Interesting to see an old thread like this and have a chance to update it.

I'm in three bands, or 2.675 anyway. I'm still in Sidekicks, but it's a duo now, or at least a trio with one inactive member.

And the duo in Sidekicks, myself and Pete Kraemer, is the nucleus of Last Gold Dollar, an electric ensemble that does a bit of everything, but electrifried folk is the basis (I play electric clawhammer banjo and mandolin, plus guitar, for example). Guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, keyboard, bass, drums, and steel guitar in various combinations.

The other band I'm in is Civil War Comrades, a trio featuring a recently-divorced couple and myself, doing 19th C. pop songs, folk songs, and the occasional light classical piece. Everything from the Federal period (we do a 1799 show and 1812, too) through the Civil War, but don't try to be a "soldier band."

This is the band that gets gigs. We have two on Saturday. The other bands and ensembles haven't had many gigs to speak of lately.

Sigh.

Bob


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: skarpi
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 06:42 PM

and now I am in a band called " Our Rose " trad,band ,
we have , Harp , tin flute , guitars , accordian , fiddle , Hardangerfiddle , Bodhrán , bass . and a new cd on its way .
kv Skarpi


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a traditional band.
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 06:18 PM

This 8 years old, but to "Mooh" who posted about Homespun. My dad is Earl. I was trying to download the ablum, but can't find it on any bit-torrent sites and am too lazy to go home and grab it. I think he was the piper you referred too. He's upgraded pipes since then, ha.

Cheers!
- Neil


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 01:23 AM

The "Winklepickers", Vancouver Island. I play accordion, bodhran, and Jaws harp on occasion. Others play banjo, mandolin, whistle, guitar, more bodhran, pipes, and keyboard. Celtic, general trad., music hall, country----just any folk-music-----


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: pavane
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 02:37 PM

Some years ago, I started a ceilidh (or twmpath here in Wales) band called 5 Bar Gait. I think it is still going, having merged with another, but we are no longer members, for various reasons.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,Celtic Soul
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 02:06 PM

Again, depending on your idea of what is traditional, my group may or may not fit the criteria.

Most of what we do starts out trad, but we take huge liberties with some of the material. Some of what we do is not trad, but fits the feel of traditional music. And there are a few that we just plain like, and the hell with their not being even remotely traditional.

The idea with my group is to have fun, make sure the audience is having fun, and to make each piece uniquely ours. We do mostly British Isles folk, (my main focus being celtic) but our influences vary as widely as rhythm and blues, jazz, reggae, bluegrass and plain old rock and roll (in addition to the main influence of the traditional, which is where we usually begin).

We play locally (within 4-5 hours of our homebase of the Washington DC area), but have been known to pick up and take off to locations several thousand miles away (when we are paid well enough). We sing mostly in english, but depart to Gaelic on a few songs. We have entertained the thought of a few other European language songs as well, but nothing has come of it yet. Our repetoire consists of material that spans quite a few ages. From one piece in what sounds very nearly as if parts of it were not English (though it all is), to pieces verifiably Renaissance, to pieces written a hundred years ago on up to pieces written only a few years ago.

So long as it fits the motif, we put our earmark on it, and we all (audience included) has fun with it, it's fair game.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,djh
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 01:21 PM

I have had a little trad. blues and folk style band (mando/guitars/banjo/harp...pretty versatile) for about 2 years. We play trad style originals too. Everything from blind Willie Johnson type stuff, to Bill monroe, to Dylan. I calls it John Henry's Hammer and I am in Rockland county NY. I am always looking for New folks to play with and may need a new lead guitar shortly.Anyone local and interested in playing sometime PM me. I am a member just not at this PC DJH is my alais.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: smallpiper
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 10:32 AM

I play in a band called Last Straw (nowt t do wi camels back) we have small pipes, whistle, low whistle, fiddle, cittern and guitar. we play a variety of Scottish, Irish and Northumbrian/border tunes and sing a few songs as well.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: SlowAlan
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 10:27 AM

I used to play in a band called the Ginger Minge Binge Bush Band in Dunedin New Zealand. Now I play in a combo called Bald Ugly Stupid Bastards. Less hair, same racket.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: RangerSteve
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 09:52 AM

I play in a band called "the Woodlot Howlers". Our instrumentation is Banjo, Fiddle, Harmonica, Guitar, and Mandolin. We do mostly Southern and Canadian fiddle tunes, Old sentimental songs, and gospel songs. We rarely get paying jobs, but we don't really go looking for them. Our one regular gig is at a place called Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ. They don't pay. It's a labor of love. One of the benifits of not traveling to paying jobs all the time is that after 16 years, the band is still intact with all the original members and we're still friends.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 08:53 AM


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Peg
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 09:49 AM

I have been in the past. I am not at the moment.

Anyone need a singer in the Boston area? :)


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,Yves Savariaud (ysavari@club-internet.fr)
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 11:31 PM

I am french and I play and sing with two bands. ELECTROGENE COUNTRY BAND and HILLBILLIES http://electrogene.nfrance.com/ysite and I made a site for friends loving the same music on http://perso.club-internet.fr/ysavari You are welcome Au revoir Yves Savariaud


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,davidleask03@genie.co.uk
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 04:03 PM

There's a lot of talented people out in mudcatters-land. I play guitar, bodhran, a little banjo and bozouki and sing in a band called Fridays Penny. My friend Pete plays fiddle, guitar and banjo('s), his three daughters (Emily, Sarah and Julie) play fiddle, banjo, mandolin, mandola, double bass and flute. We mostly play traditional (that word again) music from Scotland and Ireland with a little American and English thrown in. Sometimes we get paid but more often we do it because we enjoy it (and the free drink, when it's offered (Not often enough!) - Pete and I get the alchohol as the girls are all under 18). Then there's the Celidh band we play in and then there's the Fiddle Group but thats another story!


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Jim Krause
Date: 16 Mar 01 - 04:58 PM

Nah, I guess not.
Thought I did. Once.

The Euphoria Stringband is a quartet with guitar, string bass, clawhammer banjo, and Yours Truly on fiddle and mandolin. We use traditional Appalchian folk music as a springboard for our own Midwestern take on Old-time music. When we play for contradances, we play quite a number of tunes that are Celtic in origin, but have been played in the mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia for a couple of hundred years with a generous sprinkling of tunes from Missouri, Illnois, and Texas. And occaisionally we come up with some of our own compositions that we adapt to our peculiar style.
Jim


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Ruthie A
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 05:24 PM

I do! Several... I started off in my school ceilidh band, The Sand-Dancers. For those who don't know, 'Sand-Dancer' is a term used for people who live in South Shields, in the north east of England. That band was started off by Alistair Anderson about 8 years ago, and is now, sadly, starting to die out. We still do ceilidhs, but we're not as strong as we have been. I'm also in another band run by Alistair as part of Caedmon Folk, in Gateshead. He thinks we're called the Caedmon Band, but the rest of us are trying to convince him that we're actually called Ali and the Fraggles. We normally number about nine, including fiddles, viola, mandolin, bazoukis, guitars, concertinas, melodeon, flutes, whistles, recorders, bodhráns, clarinet, bass clarinet, clog dancing and banjo. Bassoon, when I get it. To top it all off, I'm in a folk-jazz trio called Ceol Na Mantra (sort-of Gaelic, which translates into 'Music of the Ommmmm'). I play flutes, whistles and fiddle there, but mainly jazz piano. I sing, too. My friend Kat plays fiddle, whistle and concertina, while Adam plays lead fiddle, random guitar and bodhrán. I do lots of solo stuff, too. And wind bands, which are evil by nature and therefore shall not be mentioned any more in a traditional forum.

Ruthie


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: The Dane
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 09:58 AM

I play in a trad band in Denmark called "Miri It Is" after a song in mideaval English (it means something like "it is merry"). We play trad. irish, english, danish and contemporary folk. Instruments: bodhran, guitars, bones, mandolins, bozouki, flutes, whistles, fiddle.

By the way, this has been an interesting thread to read... Nice to read what kind of music all you guys play.

Jacob


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 09:25 AM

Several years ago I was invited to join "Homespun" as their bass player. The material was mostly trad songs and tunes with a few newer pieces in the traditional style. Only occasionally have we added original material, though a couple of us write alot. There is one Homespun cd entitled "Eight Hands Round".

We have evolved into "Kerrykeel" and lately we have performed very little due to outside obligations of various band members. Sometimes we play without certain members and there is alot of instrument switching. In fact, I haven't played much bass with them in the last few years as my guitar work seems to be required. The original guitarist plays fiddle and mandolin(s) and another has been brought on board to play bass and drum. Other instruments are piano, various mandolins, banjos, whistles, concertinas, and once in a while things like bowed psaltery will appear. Most of us sing, though I generally don't, saving my voice for smart-ass remarks.

We once had a piper in the band, but don't anymore, and others have come and gone, but always amicably.

Some of you might be acquainted with Warren Robinson from our band. He's involved with the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, the Folk Alliance, and is a director of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival.

If you've attended the Celtic Roots Festival you may have heard us play, we've played every one. I regret that we don't get to play more often, so perhaps it's time to find another band to fill in the gaps.

One of the things we've always done is take alot of instruments to the stage. I try to keep it to 3 guitars but I once had two basses and a mandolin as well. Nowadays I will generally share a bass, not play mandolin at all, and try to restrict myself to 3 guitars (though last gig I took four).

The appeal of this band, as frustrating as it is that we play too infrequently, is that I get to arrange the guitar parts for and by myself on material which is interesting to me. Within the context of the band, the material is interesting, though I wouldn't do most of it as a solo act. I am free to use various tunings and several different guitar styles and types as I see fit. Making it fit with everything else is alot harder than when I played with rock bands.

There is a risk of becoming too big, personnel wise, but such is the cost of our collective ambitions. Sometimes we're a 5 piece, but usually between 6 and 9 people take the stage.

Mooh.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: John P
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 08:29 AM

I play in a group called Telynor. We do Euro-trad music mixed with some medieval and Renaissance mixed with some Appalachian and blues. I play cittern, guitar, lap dulcimer, Celtic harp. My partner plays hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa, fiddle, and bouzouki. Pretty much everything we do started out as traditional music.

John Peekstok


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Hawker
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 07:45 AM

Me!
The Cavaliers
Mainly Irish, English, Manx, Cornish and Scottish
Been in existence 24 years this year, 13 of those with the current line up
Lucy


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Firecat
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 07:24 AM

I used to be in a group called Fireboots when I was at school. There were three of us, me on bodhran, Will Owen on accordian and Tom Richardson on fiddle. We played tunes like Winster Gallop, Athol Highlanders and the theme tune to Last Of The Summer Wine. We only did a few gigs and then split when myself and Will left school (we were both in Year 11 and Tom was only in Year 7).


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 03:34 AM

I play in a traditional band called The Flying Chaucers. Our line-up is flute/whistles, melodeon, fiddle/bazouki/mandola, guitar and percussion...and when I'm not playing I spend time shouting at people to get them to dance !!!


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 15 Mar 01 - 03:05 AM

I play in a coupl of groups. In one group, made up of me on fiddle, Shay Black on guitar, Dick Holdstock on mandolin, and the Mudcat's own Riggy on English concertina, we take sea songs and arrange them as instrumentals, for background music at parties and other like gatherings.

The other group is called the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers - about 70 of us. We meet once a month in members homes for a potluck/session/business meeting/more session/more food, then we eat more, and in the Spring we perform three concerts over a weekend with our fearless leader, fiddler Alasdair Fraser, a wonderful performer and a great guy.

Aside from that, two regular Irish sessions East of San Francisco, and a monthly chantey sing aboard the schooner C.A. Thayer, berthed at S.F's Hyde Street Pier, part of the National Park Service's San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. If you're in S.F. on the first Saturday night of any month, come aboard and join the sing!

-chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: aussiebloke
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 10:27 PM

G'day...

I play with a 'rubbery band' (whoever turns up for our regular session at an Irish pub) and we call ourselves Murfi agus a cháirde - pronounced Murphy ar-gus a cord-ya - which, I am reliably informed translates to Murphy and Friends.

Ages range from early 20's to high 50's, between 6 or 8 of us we muster banjo, mandolins, mandola, transverse flute, oboe, fiddles, guitars, bandurria, squeezeboxes, whistles, Appalachian dulcimer, and one feller brings a pedal steel guitar that to me seems out of place and is starting to get on my nerves...

I play percussion - lagerphone, bodhrán, bones, spoons, shaky eggs, clap-sticks and stuff.

We play mostly Irish tunes - jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes, and lotsa Aussie stuff - with its Irish musical roots. We sing lotsa Irish rebel tunes, and plenty of trad Aussie songs (sheep & shearers, cattle and drovers, sailors, ships and 'convict' transportation to Australia etc.)

You will find a collection of pictures and more info about the lagerphone on my web-site and papers by Bob Bolton and Peter Ellis here

Cheers

aussiebloke


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,catlin
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 08:19 PM

Yup, this too. I belong to "Rope Them Goats", located in State College, PA. We've not yet played in public, (as in played in a bar as a group) but will be playing for a wedding next month. After the wedding, we'll be thinning our numbers down to: 2 guitarists, one of whom also plays boudhran, and recorder (me. I play it like a pennywhistle). Although this Saturday I'll be playing in a bar with a good friend of mine who is a fiddler. If it's printed in "The Fiddler's Fakebook", or "Rise up Singing" or in any of Sylvia Woods' books, and is from the Brithish Isles, we've played it. O'Carolan is our forte. And, by-the-by, "Sheebag and Sheemore" is the wedding march, with "Eleanor Plunket" as the piece played during the wedding, and "Lord Inchiquin" as the recessional. Yum.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,estucky@hotmail.com
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 07:58 PM

I play in a jug band too! We call ourselves the Skiffle Symphony and have a very similar instrumentation as you, play memphis jug band, missisippi sheiks, gus cannon and originals. We are based in California, where are you?


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,John Leeder
Date: 13 Sep 00 - 03:01 PM

I play in a traditional band called Gan-Ainm (it means "nameless", I'm told). Although we mostly play in an Irish pub, the James Joyce in Calgary (Canada, not Scotland), the Northumbrian and Scottish part of our repertoire is predominant, with some Irish and Canadian material as well. Of seven members, four were born in Canada, the others in Yorkshire, Glasgow and Kansas -- none in Ireland. Our collective instrumentation includes Northumbrian pipes, melodeon, concertina, harmonica, flute, whistles, octave mandolin, five-string banjo, guitar, bodhran and stand-up bass. Two of us sing occasionally. We mostly do quasi-sessions (i.e., no stage, no mics, no set list, no rehearsals, but more or less set personnel), with the occasional stage performance (e.g., at the Water Valley Celtic Festival last June).

So there you are, for what it's worth.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Sep 00 - 11:41 PM

Scotsbard mentioned scheduling problems, and I suppose most of us have them. We meet on Sunday evenings, the old traditional homework slot. It seems like a good time, because people are refreshed from the weekend and because conflicts with other events are unlikely.

We do have to knock off because Monday morning looms ahead, but it still seems the best time to meet.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,TaunusBop
Date: 12 Sep 00 - 10:16 PM

Hi folks I play on a band down here in Argentina called McCondom (accordion, bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle and drums), and our songs range from trad irish, to sea shanties and original material. We sing either in english, spanish, gaelic and even russian, and definetely we're not the best musicians around but we love the craic. We've been doin' gigs aplenty lately and our performances around one of Buenos Aires' main squares on Saturdays for booze & pennies are quite a success. Slan leat TB


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Scotsbard
Date: 12 Sep 00 - 01:57 PM

Our quartet eventually settled on the name "Furagh Larq!"
(all puns intended, and the gaelic is kewl too)

Our repertiore tends towards traditional celtic tunes, but we also tackle anything that tickles our fancy. I think the nuttiest thing we've tackled so far was the "Jalapeno Chorus," the silliest was "Phil the Phluter," the most fun was "Kingston Town," and the prettiest was "Gypsy Rover." We also tend to weave bridges and harmonies from other tunes, or experiment with different settings. Scheduling gigs is tricky because all of us have other musical committments, and finding time to record is proving even harder. However, its still some of the most fun I have with music.

~S~


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Irish Rover
Date: 11 Sep 00 - 03:46 PM

We have a Irish/Scots Trad folk group called Haggis du jour.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 02:17 PM

I went to the Jug Band Rag site mentioned by Earl and tried to listen to some jug band music, but I found myself tangled in a thicket of ABC files instead. This stuff is always happening to me!


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Shamrock
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 05:21 AM

I play at various sessions but we only "Brand" the group for paying gigs. Upstairs in a Tent is a name we use when booked to play Jigs/ Reels N Stuff. Ballad type sessions are done using either Out on the Ocean or Saddle the Pony. A friend of mine turned up too early for our gig and asked the doorman to direct her to the Shag the Donkey gig. When I do a duo with my bud Owen we play as the Symbolics. We do the intro by saying welcome etc I'm Sim and over here we have the Bbbbbbbbanjo player. Good for a laugh.


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: dusterjim
Date: 09 Sep 00 - 05:05 AM

Though I play different types of music (folk , rock bluegrass, gospel, ect.) this is my group.
http://sites.netscape.net/dusterjim1/volunteers


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhránplayerwhodoesn'tknowanybet
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 11:31 PM

I had a nice trio called Slán Abhaile, that consisted of fiddle, mandolin, bodhrán, assorted percussion and vocals (about half Irish and half English). Alas, Our fiddler moved leaving two-thirds of us to scramble for a fill-in every time we got called. My mandolinist just started his doctorate degree on top of holding down a job. This leaves him no time to play, which leaves me as an accompanist without a lead. I''ll be sticking with sessions and pick-up céilídhs for awhile. Just as well. I've always enjoyed playing sessions, and love playing for dancers, but as soon as it became a job, it became a job. All of a sudden, we found ourselves saying "we have to play at so-and-so." ON the other hand, I've been teaching bodhrán for a couple years, and that's a job Im really enjoy.

Slán agat,
Rich


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson at work
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 04:59 PM

Play semi-regularly in a band that is called Otter Chaos (more or less traditional gigs) but re-names itself Ben Borscht and the Beats every year for the Non-Traditional Band Contest at Clifftop WV. We are: Drew Smith, autoharp, Mike Resnick, mandolin, Susan Sterngold, banjo for traditional gigs, guitar on non-trad, myself guitar on trad and fingerstyle bj on non-trad gigs. On good days we sound more like Janette and Joe Carter than the Carter Family; Susan imprinted on Janette about fiteen years ago and has only gotten better since that time. Other bands I am in tend to be pickup bands


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Subject: RE: How many of us play in a tradional band.
From: Herge
Date: 08 Sep 00 - 04:44 PM

I play in a band playing Irish and Scottish Dance Music Haste to the Wedding www.geocities.com/hastetothe_wedding

Herge


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