Posted by Enviroguy on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Happy Days are Here Again
The skies above are clear again... let us sing a song of cheer again...etc. Woo hoo. This is the time of year to get a coffee and sit out on the back porch and drive my nasty tree murdering neighbours up their one remaining tree with my banjo practice! Interesting that I attract cardinals, and other songbirds whenever I do this is spring.. no vultures have circled yet, thank goodness.
After about 5-6 years of playing and 3 of them more seriously, I finally feel that I can actually play some stuff out there that will not actually get the neighbours to call the cops. Although my spouse might. (Just kidding, my love)
I have had a bit of a setback in my quest for the pre-war banjo -- a bunch of things happened including minor medical issues and a car which needs replacing. Hmm.. maybe a bit of baling wire and some duct tape (the handyman's best friend) and I can delay the inevitable shopping expedition long enough to salt a few bucks away for that banjo.
I've been intrigued by all the discussion the Sullivan factory floor rims and the Williams banjo. It'd be great to hear one.. I gather we will be able to hear Kenny Ingram play one on the next recording with Rhonda Vincent and company. Looking forward to that!
I'm looking forward to festival season bigtime. Up here, one of the best is at Renfrew in the Ottawa Valley, in July. Smack dab in the middle of my vacation. My group in Kingston, affectionately called the Foggy Memory Boys will also be playing at the Sand Road Festival in August and later in that same program, the Foggy Hogtown Boys, Toronto's finest bluegrass group will also be playing. Chris Quinn is one of my "friends" on this page and you can visit to find out more about his great band and their itinerary.
I'm also looking forward to visiting the Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival in September (our Labour Day weekend, I believe) to see the great band Bluegrass Etc. and one of the country's greatest banjo players, Dennis Caplinger!
That's it for now.
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