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Posted by Klondike Waldo on Friday, August 31, 2007

Well, if you're reading this, you may be wondering what's up with my new Avatar. Actually it's an older logo I've been using for a few years, onne of a series of "Tattie Folk" playing various instruments. The Tattie Folk evolved from a remark I heard  Derek Bell make at BC's Harpers Festival in 1992.  The late Derek Bell of the Chieftains was describing how he left a symphony orchestra (Belfast?) to join the band. Someone in the orchestra asked him  "How could you leave this temple of great Music to go off with a tattie folk band?". Now, by tattie he meant ragged, bedraggled, unkempt, but to my pun-wary ears. , I imagined a band of "Tatties" (Scots for  "spuds") playing different instruments. The original Tattie Folk adorned a series of T shirts I made for members of my family. The Piper had my hat, arms and Scottish smallpipes  the whistle player had my son's hat, hands and whistle and there was a fiddler representing our  fiddler niece and a bodhran tipping "Tattie" with a flowered straw hat as stand in for the Mrs.  The slogan for the group picture was "The Tattie Folk  • Scarce of Tatties World Tour 2005". Since then there have been other versions including Borderpipes, Concertina and now Banjo. The original Banjo Tattie had a long-neck which I do not own , so the updated version has an Epiphone MB200, which is what I have for a banjo now.   When I get around to it, I'll post the "Tattie Folk" logos.

 I probably won't post  Blog entries very often, especially after school starts up again in a few days, but I'm sure the kids will give me plenty of ideas.

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