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My Best Move Ever

Friday, July 14, 2017

Today is Maggie's and my 33rd wedding anniversary.  Best move I ever made!

The first time we ever performed as a duo, before we were married, we did a three song set at an open mic at the folk club Folk At The Forum in Cobourg's Victoria Hall.  The songs were You Are My Flower (Carter Family), Big Enough For Two (Lyn & Jay Unger) and When You And I Were Young (Johnson/Butterfield)

They say I am feeble with age, Maggie,
I step not as sprightly as then,
My face is a well written page, Maggie,
And time alone wields the pen.

They say we are aged and grey, Maggie,
As spray by the white breakers flung,
But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie,
When you and I were young.

It seems a little more convincing when we sing it today.


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Playing Since: 1977
[Teaching] [Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]

Occupation: music teacher/musician

Gender: Male
Age: 79

My Instruments:
no-name pre-war open-back, S.S.Stewart tenor, home-made fretless, home-made open-back, RS Williams Artist open back.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
John Hartford, Pete Seeger, Howie Burson, Mike Seeger, Tommy Thompson, Robin & Linda Williams, New Lost City Ramblers, Tom Paley, John Cohen, Red Clay Ramblers , Michael Cooney, Hedy West, Derroll Adams, Karen Dalton, Cathy Fink, Chris Coole , Arnie Naiman, Bob Carlin, Mac Benford, David Holt, Ola Belle Reed, Brian Pickell, Mac Benford, Wade Mainer, Roscoe Holcomb, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Raymond McLain, Gus Cannon, Dock Boggs.
Also some friends from southern Ontario who may not be as famous, but I learn something every time I play with them or listen to them: Jay Edmonds, Rick Baur, Dennis Delorme, Karen Taylor, Kate Jarrett, Sam Allison, Jimmy Bowskill, Ted Staunton and Teilhard Frost (who also builds wonderful gourd banjos)...

You will notice that all of these (except John Hartford, whose playing I have loved since I first bought Morning Bugle thirty years ago) are old-time banjo players, since this is the type of banjo music I enjoy playing. I have many favourite musicians who play 3-finger/bluegrass style banjo (like Al Kirby) and tenor banjo and who play other instruments, but if I put them all down the list would be too long for anyone to bother to read it (probably is anyway). I realize that some of the players I have listed are also bluegrass players, but their old timey style was what attracted me to their playing.

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JIM YATES comes from a musical family. His father was a singer, he is married to a musician, his four siblings all play music, his two sons and most of his nephews and nieces are involved in music. Even the family sewing machine was a 'Singer'. He started playing music on a ukulele that a cousin forgot at his home and bought his first guitar circa 1960. Over the years he has added banjo, mandolin, Autoharp, accordion, concertina, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer and mouth harp to his arsenal. He also owns a fiddle, but plays it only in the privacy of his own home when his wife is at work and the cats are both outside. During the sixties he played folk music at hootenanies in school gyms and church basements in the Hamilton area. His introduction to bluegrass was seeing the York County Boys at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia during the early sixties. In the wilder days of the sixties Jim also played with the fledgling Velvet Underground when they came to Hamilton's McMaster University as part of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable. (There were no musical instruments involved. He was helping out McMaster's Arts Festival Commitee and after the concert Jim and his brother Bob played frisbee with the band members while the stage was struck. Jim says,"At least it makes a great story.") After moving to the Port Hope/Cobourg area in the early seventies, he played in several folk, bluegrass and Celtic groups and became involved with promoting acoustic music through Folk At The Forum and the Waterfront Festival. Jim teaches guitar, banjo and mandolin and has had articles and arrangements published in the Banjo Newsletter and the Autoharpoholic Magazine. His tune Robbie Burns' Day has been recorded by the Peterborough folk group Freshwater Trade and by Fiddlin' Zeke Mazurek. Jim played eclectic acoustic music with Al Kirby as part of the duo Kirby & Yates. They were later joined by the late, great Zeke Mazurek to form a trio called The North Shore Ramblers. Jim also sometimes sat in with his son, Clayton's group, the Otonabee River Boys. ***Above is the bio I was using when I first joined the BHO. These days, 2017, I am spending most of my performing time with The Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band and Nothumberland Orchestra and Choir.

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