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I love practising!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I post a blog here every three years or so. My somewhat more regular blog is at

I am making a new record next week; my 8th. This group is called So Long Seven and we are a collective actually. A trio featuring tabla, guitar and five string banjo. 

Some of the music we are playing has pushed me to new levels and certainly new directions. I am having so much fun working hard at the banjo every day. I have had my head in the sand so much in this phase I wonder who else is working on or teaching the types of things that I am working on. I hope when I come up for air after this record is done to reach out a little more. 

Until then, keep pickin'.



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Playing Since: 1996
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Occupation: musician

Gender: Male
Age: 56

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Earl Scruggs, John Hartford, Frank Zappa, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Howard Johnson, Rob Clutton, Chris Quinn, Henry Threadgill, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Bela Fleck, Ryan Cavanaugh, Punch Brothers

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Tim Posgate Bio Tim Posgate is best known as a prolific composer and bandleader. In addition to leading numerous ensembles that he has recorded and toured with, Posgate is constantly writing new and unique music for each of the projects. His latest recording is a self titled release is with the acoustic world music collective So Long Seven. Although he is a multi-instrumentalist he is best known for his banjo work of late. He has no shortage of technique but has earned a reputation as someone who makes his musical decisions for the good of the overall composition. His influences include an eclectic mix of music styles ranging from rock to contemporary classical, bluegrass to bebop. Posgate is also passionate about many artistic disciplines including poetry, visual art, dance and theatre. After completing an Honours degree in music at York University, Posgate attended the Banff Centre for Fine Arts where he studied with Steve Coleman and Kevin Eubanks among others. Posgate then relocated from his home base of Toronto to Montreal where he was able to hone his craft and build a following by performing his own music in the Montreal club scene. Upon his return to Toronto he received an award from the Canada Council for the Arts and continued to build a following at home. In l993, Posgate decided to create his own Guildwood Records to house his first album, Hoser City that featured pianist Andy Milne. That same year he returned to Banff, but this time he was on the payroll as guitarist in the house band for the month-long Action Poetry festival. l995 found Posgate in Cuba with Bluenote recording artist Jane Bunnett as well as Germany and Holland the previous year with Toronto’s Shuffle Demons. With his solo career, Posgate continued to tour Canada in support of his second album Mit, and inspired a whole movement of Canadian jazz artists not only by touring without a grant but also by touring outside of the usual festival season and helping to create a new club circuit. Tim Posgate Bio (cont’d) His third album, An Eager Leap was launched as an adventurous limited edition recording featuring four Posgate led ensembles; a 60pg booklet with new work created by four poets (inspired by this music); as well as l60 different CD covers of original artwork created by four visual artists. To promote the project, Posgate gathered all of these artists at the DuMaurier Theater Centre in Toronto for a smashingly successful multi-discipline concert. 2001 included a successful Tim Posgate Horn Band tour on the Canadian jazz festival circuit. Not one to stay idle, 200l also saw Jazzstory on tour including a week at the Top O' the Senator where the new self-titled disc was recorded. And if this wasn’t enough, his new suite “In The Future of Your Dream”, for Hornband + Folk Choir, commissioned with the assistance of the Canada Council, was featured at the Guelph Jazz Festival. Since recording and releasing the “In the Future of Your Dream” project Posgate has focused his energies on touring with American jazz-tuba legend Howard Johnson (summer 2005 included concerts in Finland and Sweden) in support of the “Tim Posgate Hornband Featuring Howard Johnson” Cd. (GR006) Most of 2006 was spent as the booking agent for one of Toronto’s finest live music venues; The Red Guitar, as well as a reduced performance schedule. In 2006, immediately after watching a Bela Fleck DVD Tim rushed to the local music shop on his bike to buy banjo picks. Even though he has played it for ten years, this was a turning point and he hasn’t stopped picking since! When at home in Toronto he spends most of his time with his wife and two children. Read about his day-to-day thoughts and developments on his popular blog where he has been writing about the “Canadian jazz life” regularly for the last four years. (

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