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Lurking on the site and playing ukulele with locals and banjo in a worship group

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The years have passed since I turned 70 and am approaching 75 next year.  I hope I am not getting curmudgeonly.  I am still active on the mission field and over the last years have visited Peru often and Chile once this year.  I have expanded my playing to include ukulele.  This has been a delight as I can pack a ukulele in my carryon bag and enjoy making music while in foreign lands.  They are also so much cheaper than banjos! Locally there are a good number of people who get together for ukulele jam sessions.  I love playing anonymously in these groups and enjoying the fellowship.  My banjo playing is limited to church and sometimes sitting in with a local string band whose music is traditional country dance music.  

My banjo of choice is now a conversion that I put together - a 1924 Gibson tenor Jr. rim with a lovely style 1 neck by Wyatt Fawley.  I attached a flush fit resonator (aftermarket for a Goodtime) that is a tad wide but works well.  This featherlite instrument is mellow and easy to play.  I have just purchased a 1920s Gretsch tenor which needed rescuing and I may use it as a simple chording A scale instrument to accompany worship at our community church.

My most recent trade was for a guitar - a beat up Gibson B15 from either 1966 or 1969 - we shall see where that goes.

Meanwhile I lurk on the HO site as well as the Ukulele Underground.  Life is good - Happy New Year.


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Playing Since: 1968
Occupation: retired missionary clergy

Gender: Male
Age: 78

My Instruments:
Ome X, openback 1973
Gibson Tenor Jr. 1924 Conversion w/ Wyatt Fawley neck
Gibson 1929 rim archtop w/ Yates made neck with modifications over the years.

Now also playing ukulele and some guitar.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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Trained as a lawyer in Scotland, worked as an accountant in London, Heard Billy Graham in 1967. Seminary in 1971, ordained 1975 came to US on a one way ticket in 1978. pastored in W. Mass, New Orleans, Nashville and Wisconsin. Retired to VT in Jan 09. Served the last four years in Lima, Peru as a missionary. Now settled back in Vermont - busy watching the grass grow and helping out as needed.

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