well don wanted to be locked out i understand i sure will miss you don please come back
Thursday, July 11, 2013 @2:34:11 PM
I hope Don comes back to Jim :-(
Thursday, July 11, 2013 @5:40:49 PM
me to Oscar
Thursday, July 11, 2013 @6:40:26 PM
yes don, we need you, your banjo family !!!!
Thursday, July 11, 2013 @10:10:26 PM
Another top guy gone, what is happening????
Friday, July 12, 2013 @6:13:08 AM
Sad new's indeed, i second Joe "what's happening"?
Friday, July 12, 2013 @6:52:33 AM
fellows it was the banjo contest I felt this would happen that there would be some mixed feelings and I was right
Friday, July 12, 2013 @10:36:22 PM
Yeah the banjo contest, what's that all about? Why do we need that? Some people even want a certificate for entering, how stupid, that's not what music is all about? Sorry Jim, I,ll shut up.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @6:26:48 AM
Why was someone with Don's experience even in this thing? I respect Don's playing as much as anyone and I hate he decided to quit the BHO over it. But I have to be honest, thats a silly reason. Hopefully he'll see that and come back
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @7:26:35 AM
I think he will john,he didn't like changing the rules in the middle of the game and it should been done on the next contest but I don't fool with contest
Chris Cooper Says:
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @8:12:00 AM
I thought the contest was a good idea. It got more people doing more picking factor in the coversations it provoked etc. And it did a good job of making the hangout more interesting and fun.
I dont understand how that could cause enough upset to force someone to leave? Did I miss something?
Its not even as if the contest is being forced down our throats its really easy to ignore if you dont like it.
Chris Cooper Says:
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @8:23:22 AM
In addition to that, there are many more positives to be taken from the contest. I bumped into players here on the hangout whose playing I have been very much enjoying listening to Which i hadn't met on here before - new friends made. I picked up on dozens of fresh Ideas
Chris Cooper Says:
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @8:29:57 AM
In addition to that, there are many more positives to be taken from the contest. I bumped into players here on the hangout whose playing I have been very much enjoying listening to which I hadn't met on here before - new friends made. I picked up on dozens of fresh ideas, phrasings etc.
This was my experience of the contest, i find it difficult to think of a negative aspect to it. Why would someone leave because of the contests?
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @8:38:28 AM
rule no. 6 was changed after the contest chris I think that is what don got made about nothing wrong having a contest at all
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @6:00:14 PM
I think of Don as a "founding father" of the Banjo Hangout I've come to know. He always offers clear ideas, positive comments, and plays as good as they come. I'll miss him. Maybe he just needs a break.
Chris Cooper Says:
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @12:41:25 PM
How was the rule changed? I must have missed that.
In all fairness, the whole concept of the contests on the Hangout is very new, it was always likely to encounter teething problems. I think I even read somewhere that Eric had stated right from the start that if the format wasn't working out as planned the rules etc. may be adjusted.
Let's hope that Don decides to return to the Hangout asap and that this whole issue doesn't damage the development of the hangout contests for the future.
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @6:43:01 PM
Sorry to read this news....
Jo Ban Says:
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @11:55:46 PM
Come back Don !
Tom Berghan Says:
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @2:23:52 PM
This is a dog gone shame! I did not know until now. Don is a really good friend of mine (of MANY of us) and this is just plain unfortunate. I don't want to see Don leave in disgust over some thing like this. He is a real mentor to many on the hangout. I agree with John Boulding - Professionals should never enter contests with amateurs. I entered a contest at a festival recently and they wisely divided beginners-intermediate players from intermediate-advanced players. The contestants themselves made the decision which category to compete in. Now maybe Don is humble and thinks of himself as not a professional . . . OK . . . well, at the very least Don is "Advanced" and he is, as they say these days, "A subject matter expert." What a drag.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @2:55:07 PM
Congratulations Russ Carson, Russ plays banjo with Audie Blaylock & Redline.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @7:59:12 PM
wow hadn't heard about this,damn shame,i give up wanting to hear foggy mountain break down years ago.even though it got me started.Don digs out new tunes,and always says things so elegent.Hope i still see him at cliff-top
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @6:14:41 PM
Jim, I think Don is still checking in. I want him and you to see my Tune of the Week coming up on Friday. It's The Devil Eat the Groundhog. I'll never forget how you asked him to play that tune after posting a video of Paul David Smith the day before Paul died. Don says he worked on it very, very late that night and shared it with us the next day on BHO.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @6:29:29 PM
ok janet I will see
From Greylock to Bean Blossom Says:
Friday, July 19, 2013 @8:35:14 PM
Paul Roberts Says:
Monday, July 22, 2013 @3:21:43 PM
Don Borchelt is one of the truly original banjo players I have known. I especially love the way he combines an old-timey aesthetic with 3-finger picking finesse. Don gets right down into a tune in a way that makes me feel connected to history. He and Ed can be sitting out there in the middle of Harvard Square and ground the present with hundreds of years. I really have no idea what this is all about and I guess I'm not all that interested. Don will be back. Let him re-enter the stage when he's got another great tune to share.
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