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Family Tradition

Friday, November 17, 2006

Saturday Nov. 11 was a day appropriately somber, matching the mood of reflection and thanks that we feel for the continued gifts earned through the sacrifices of our service men. Following attendance at a memorial service, I took my family to the Brunswick House on Bloor St. in Toronto. From 3:30 until 7:30 we enjoyed the music of the Foggy Hogtown Boys. A delightful surprise was a fully acoustic opening set. While the members were apologetic for the technical difficulties, it offered the audience the chance to hear the true tone of the group. Additionally this offered the musicians themselves the chance to hear one another and interact differently. Rather than relying upon monitor playback these talented players positioned themselves so as to better listen. It was great. Who would have expected to see more than a dozen children in the Brunny on a Saturday afternoon. They are to enjoy the patrimony conferred by traditional music.

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Playing Since: 2002
Experience Level: Novice

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Occupation: Teacher

Gender: Male
Age: 51

My Instruments:
Prucha Legend (Mahogany), Gold Tone OB250+

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Bad Livers, Ron Stewart, Ron Block, Tom Adams, Chris Quinn

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Created 11/6/2006
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In 2002, I received an unexpected favourable return on my taxes. With this found money I decided to buy a banjo to fill the free time left by the completion of my dissertation but not yet delightfully absorbed by the birth of my daughter. Over the last four years I have had the chance to focus on the instrument, working first with Al Kirby as an instructor and then with Chris Quinn. Under Chris' tutelage my sensitivity to the musicality of the banjo, the dynamism of the tradition, and the technical demands of the music have been developed substantially. I look forward to continue learning, playing, listening and sharing bluegrass with my friends, my family, my wife and my children. When not praciting I find time to teach Latin, Ancient Greek, French and Classical Civilizations at a private school in Ontario.

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