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A Busy Banjo week for me!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

All in the space of one weekend ...

1: I finally bit the bullet & sold my old 7 String English Minstrel Banjo to Hangout Member Rob MacKillop  

It was not easy to part with it, but I knew I was never ever really going to do it justice and I know Rob will do wonderful things with it.

2: I put my old John Grey Autocrat up for sale. See photos. It has been a trusty friend for over 30 years, but it had to go to help fund my latest purchase. Anyone interested in the John Grey should check out Alan Hopkin's website 

3: Yes folks, I've finally got my hands on a Paragon Tenor Banjo.

Many thanks to Dave in Musselburgh, for letting me be the lucky new owner.

So I'm just off to post a few photos here now!




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Occupation: Musician

Gender: Male
Age: 72

My Instruments:
1890s ~ SS Stewart Serial No ~ 6109 /
1927 ~ Clifford Essex Paragon Tenor /
1930s ~ Margolis 'Ivory Queen' Tenor /
1930s ~ Windsor Popular 3 (5 String)
2010 ~ Fletcher Tenortone Tenor Guitar
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1995 ~ Stefan Sobell Mandolin
1899 ~ Jeffries Anglo Concertina
1919 ~ Wheatstone TT English Concertina

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Irish Banjo Players:
Mick O'Connor, Nigel Boullier, John Carty, Enda Scahill, Eamonn Coyne, Gerry O'Connor, Kieran Hanrahan, Barney McKenna & Angelina Carberry.

Old Time Music:
The Gilded Bats, Reeltime Travelers, Moonshine, The Critton Hollow String Band,
Big Hungry Joe, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Rough Deal String Band, The Woodticks, The Boiled Buzzards, The Down Trodden String Band,
Don Borchelt, Tommy Jarrell, Dan Levenson, Marcus Martin, Mark Graham, Bruce Molsky, Joe Newberry, Craig Evans, Laura P. Schulman, Dan Levenson, Erich Schroeder, Julie Duggan, Brett Ratliff, Craig Evans, Scott Phillips, Riley Baugus, Hank Schwartz, Adam Hurt, John Balch & Shane Hall, Donald Zepp, Adam Hurt, Andrew Epstein, Laura P. Schulman, Kate Lissauer, The Boiled Buzzards, The Cliffhangers, Erynn Marshall, Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler & Mark Simos.

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35 years ago my Grandad gave me his fathers Fiddle, so what else would I be doing now but playing music. Since then, I've played Irish & Scottish Music on my Fiddle & on a 1920s John Grey Tenor Banjo. Today, I am a full time musician teaching traditional music in local primary schools by day & playing all manner of gigs & pub sessions, including costume gigs at reenactment events, by night & day. I still play Irish Music on Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Concertina & Mandolin but I have recently acquired two 5 String Banjos, a 1930's Windsor & an 1890's Stewart so I'm just about to tackle the joys of the Clawhammer Banjo. In recent years I have found myself being drawn more & more towards Old Time music. I ran my own Folk Club here for 8 years & when the Foghorn Stringband came one night, I was hooked! I've spent a lot of time on here & over on the SitG forum & I'm learning about Old Time music all the time. In fact I recently set up my own Forum over here ~ the "Old Time Music Forum (Europe)" & I'm learning loads from the very knowledgeable members who honour me there, with their company.

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