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Thursday, September 20, 2007

We made it down and back to and from Winfield. If you haven't gone to this one, GO.. ! It's as good a picking festival as there is in the world. National championships for Flatpick guitar, Fingerstyle guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Mt. Dulcimer, Hammer Dulcimer, world championships for Autoharp, and a fiddle and songwriting contest without a title. Best pickers in the world. Our friend Ross, who plays mandolin with us, added up the ages of the top three mandolin winners - AND THEY AREN'T AS OLD AS HE IS...!!!! AGES COMBINED..! The little rascals have NO reservations about handing an adult his/her hinnie on a world class stage, either. Be very afraid.

We had the time of our lives, though, AGAIN..! To quote Terry who quoted Pete...IT IS OUR MECCA, AND WE MUST GO. We'll be there again next year too. And the Next. And the next. Our friend Kenny Cornell won another category in the song writing contest again. That was way cool. Mary and I do several of his. I've begun to write with him a little lately as well. My honor  entirely. He's a writing god to us.

I have another tune almost ready to put up - FISHING IN THE COI POND. Stay tuned for that. Glad to be back in one piece .

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Playing Since: 2000
Experience Level: Purty Good

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Age: 68

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Paul Johnson built me one out of a walnut burl and an old hedge fence post. Also play a Dojo.

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I'm really a guitar player by trade. Currently in a singer songwriter duet with Mary Henderson (Mary Henderson & Geoff Shannon) for about 15 years now. I write instrumentals for guitar, banjo, and Dojo. I don't really have an actual background in old time music. I'm more of a country player. I just like the rhythm of frailing, which is about all I do on 5 string instruments. Drop thumbing is a bit of a mystery to my thumb, which is not a very smart thumb to begin with, it seems. I suppose once I get done exploring frailing, I can see about getting a thumb transplant and learning to drop it into the mix. I'll try to post a picture of a Dojo for those of you a-skeert to explore the underbelly of the dark side of old time music. In a nutshell, it's made by Dobro, has a resonator and a 5-string neck. All the tuning issues of a banjo with the sustain of a Dobro. Very creepy indeed. I love it though, sort of like a mother would love a child just cause it was her child, even though it has 3 noses and one well centered eye. I selected 'Purty Good' as a description of my place on the food chain on account of there wasn't a choice for 'flailer', or "That ain't no part of Old time'. So any inaccuracies are the fault of the site management rather than false advertising on my part. All tunes I post here will be originals. They are held by Prairie Smoke Publishing / BMI , and either are or hopefully will be recorded on Smoky Hill Records by Mary Henderson & Geoff Shannon. We do have CD's.

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