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Clifftop, banjos and the world at large

Posted by Bob Buckingham on Monday, August 3, 2009

Just back from Clifftop where the temperatures are much cooler than SC.  The humidity when it is raining is still lower than the ambient at home and where everything sounds better.  Almost too many people, but Mother Nature gave them the what for with lots of rain.  A good thing.  If you are going to play old time, you better be ready to get wet and dirty.  Got to love it!!!

Got a good look at the Buckeye banjos.  They are the best value right now in old time banjos.  I got one, semi-fretted of great looking walnut.  Thanks Greg!  I'll play mine with a big smile.  The ever lovely Tanya O, had some wonderful Ome's there and Will and Paula Fielding had their great banjos there too.  Lo Gordon and Tim Gardner were there with their fine banjos.  I have one by all but Will and some day when I win the lottery or sell a tractor, I may getone of his.  He dropped that Northern Star banjo by more than a thousand bucks.

Great banjo pickers that may or may no be on your radar but should be incuded Lisa Roberts.  That woman can sure pick a banjo!  Wih great taste!  Rare enough some times.  I came back to the camp after a killer jam with Jake Krack to find Lisa playing Glenn Carson's octave 5-string banjo with Glenn and Todd Clewell fiddling away.

The only dark clouds (besides the rain clouds) were our concerns for Mike Seeger who opted for hospice in his fight of cancer and for Ray Alden who is also fighting cancer.  Ray had his big smile and was as gracious as ever.  Both of whom have given far more to the old time community than we could ever re-pay them.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Play tunes for them as well.  I have learned much from both of them.


2 comments on “Clifftop, banjos and the world at large”

Banjo75 Says:
Monday, August 3, 2009 @12:57:13 PM

I am so jealous.. sounds like an awesome time.  There is a thread to write to Mike Seeger on here for cards and well wishes.

GSCarson Says:
Monday, August 3, 2009 @6:54:38 PM

It was a great week Bobby, see ya in Hbg or next trip to SC. Glenn

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