Argh! On Tuesday I'm going over to England for 4 days, and man is it gonna suck not having my banjo to play! I'm starting the second year of a degree in Animal Behaviour and have to go over to the University of Chester for a "residential school" - bringing my banjo with me isn't really an option as I'm staying at a B & B and not quite confident of the security there as regards leaving valuables in your room. On a brighter note, theres a music shop near the university and I'm going to check to see if they're stocking the Zoom H2. Also, my custom made case for the Stromberg should be ready about 2 days after I return - so it'll finally have a fitting place to rest. Was at the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival yesterday - the flyer for it said there would be "dealer stalls" set up but alas there was only ONE stall with banjo stuff - a fella with a bunch of vintage banjos. Pretty pricey considering that they all needed a decent set up and/or had some "issues" going on, but he did have 2 nice Bacon and Day Silver Bells, shame they were so pricey. Lots of free live music - mostly bluegrass. There was one gal, Damaris Woods, who got up on the stage with a bunch of her young students (8+ banjos on the stage!) to play. You'd think you'd have no problem hearing EIGHT banjos playing, but unfortunately for some reason there were two twentysomething-ish fellas onstage too - one playing a bodhran, and the other bouzouki, BOTH of which were amplified and they absolutely drowned out the kids and their banjos, which really disapointed me. The two lads were also giving it loads of wellie, making the most of their 15 minutes of fame, oblivious to the fact that folks were there to see the KIDS playing - my final word on them is this - Lads, wash all that gel out of your hair, and ditch the flipped up collars on your polo shirts - it's SO Tom Cruise circa Risky Business, just doesn't work in the 21st century......
on “banjo-less for FOUR whole days!!”
Monday, September 17, 2007 @11:15:30 AM
4 days! try 4 weeks then you'll have something to moan about :)
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