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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