Posted by Jim Yates on Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I am in the process of reducing the number of instruments in my house and realized that I'm also selling off some cool, irreplaceable case stickers. Here are a few of them:
R.Crumb says," In a blue funk? Depressed? Take up the BANJO! "
Denis Lepage was (is?) a super southern Ontario banjo player and his group, Station Road disbanded some years back for health reasons ...they were starving to death.
My mandolin case has this sticker - "In Heaven..." It's too fuzzy to read, but my friend, Dennis DeLorme added,"What! There are banjos in Heaven?" at the bottom of the sticker.
The accordion sticker is one that I made after hearing someone make the comment after seeing a picture of Sally Ann Forrester in Bill Monroe's band.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 @9:20:48 PM
Those are good, Jim. I've got one that's yellow and black like a warning sign and says "WARNING! The last person who touched my banjo is in my backyard". There is a stick person burying another person, along with a banjo with a cross over it. It's hilarious!
Friday, May 28, 2010 @3:27:17 AM
I'm a sticker freak, as they give a case character. Mine are mostly place names (Ireland, Colorado, Cape Breton, Chicago, etc.,) so I can create the false image that I'm some kind of folk singer/star. Damn...I am SUCH a phony!
Friday, October 22, 2010 @8:15:22 PM
I was a bartender in Kingston Ont 1980 at the Birdcage Lounge. Denis Lepage played there. We went to Carlisle & partied with reverend Ken . I played the falopian tuba!. They had a dog named wheatstraw that wandered around the stage while they were playing. Aeolean Hall in London Ont. Willie P & the Dixie Flyers. David Essig lives out here as well as Diamond Joe.
Jim Yates Says:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @7:59:23 AM
Amazing...I was born in Kingston, have played with Denis at an open mic, with Rev Ken in several configurations. I've never played the falopian tuba, but Washboard Hank, its inventor, is a good friend.
I knew Wille P and have some of his mouth harps. My son Clay has one of his mandolins and my other son Darcy has a guitar that he got from Willie. Finally, David Essig and Melina slept in our back room when they played in Cobourg at Folk At The Forum.
I don't think I've ever been to the Birdcage and I've never met Wheatstraw though.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @1:37:59 AM
I think Denis Lepage was the best banjo player Ontario ever produced. Too bad he doesn't still play, and if he does, i haven't heard of him. Hey Jim, do you have any of their old 8-tracks or records? I would love to get some copies but i can't find anything online. Any info would be appreciated...
Jim Yates Says:
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @7:30:43 AM
I do have some records of Denis, The Doctor Is In, and maybe another. I have all of the ones he made with Station Road. I can burn them on CD for you.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @11:43:55 AM
That would be awesome if you would do that for me..... let me know when they're ready and i'll come to Port Hope..... Thanks a million.. :)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 @9:02:24 AM
I sure do remember Dennis LePage, the dentist, and Station Road - I was a groupie!
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