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Feb 22, 2024 - 6:07:56 PM
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The "on this day on Feb 21" reference on this website regarding the first time a banjo was played in the Antarctica got me thinking about my own experiences playing in remote or weird places. Here's a couple of remote places I've picked at:

- around a campfire at the Fish Canyon, Namibia
- at a campsite in the Taklamakan desert in western China
- at a campsite in Serengeti NP Tanzania
- at a beach hut in Koh Samui Thailand
- jamming with a guy in Kashgar playing a weird bowl shaped mandolin thing with a single string (not an easy thing to do since the one string seemed to be tuned to a G#)

Anyone out there with experiences to share?

Feb 22, 2024 - 6:18:26 PM
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15644 posts since 10/30/2008

The 6th fret.

Feb 22, 2024 - 6:48:01 PM
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61908 posts since 12/14/2005

Don't remember the NAME of the place, but it was a little town above the Arctic Circle, in Alaska.
Met a mandolin player who had won a prize at a festival, earlier that year.

I don't remember if he was Aleut or Inuit or what, but he played well!

Feb 22, 2024 - 7:39:19 PM
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1735 posts since 7/14/2004

Attu Island.  At the end of the Aleutian chain.

On the Sheenjeck River.  Brooks Range Alaska.

Snettisham Alaska.

No road access to any of the above.

Feb 22, 2024 - 7:46:28 PM

3296 posts since 3/30/2008

I was stationed in remote Turkey for 3 years in the USAF, & regularly performed at the base coffee shop, & for general base events (holiday dinners & talent shows).  This was the late 60's & I was playing Donovan, Dylan, Dave Van Ronk & other folkies. 

Edited by - tdennis on 02/22/2024 19:53:19

Feb 22, 2024 - 8:38:39 PM

5640 posts since 5/29/2011

Nice, France

Feb 22, 2024 - 9:32:18 PM

157 posts since 10/12/2018

At the top of King’s Peak in Utah.
It’s an already tough 2 day hike up to 13500 feet, and I did it carrying my good time along with the rest of my pack.

Feb 23, 2024 - 1:13:33 AM
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phb

Germany

4041 posts since 11/8/2010

Any time I play my banjo, I play it in a remote place from a bluegrass point of view... cheeky

Feb 23, 2024 - 2:38:38 AM
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4214 posts since 7/12/2006

I took my banjo with me into the great dismal swamp tied my canoe to a lone hollowed out bald cypress tree, got out and stood beside it and played the first part of bela flecks Bigfoot. The acoustics
Were incredible. Note the spanish moss swaying in the breeze overhead


Edited by - stanleytone on 02/23/2024 02:40:48

Feb 23, 2024 - 4:49:32 AM
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41 posts since 1/13/2005

1970-1971 on the Mekong River Nakon Phenom, Thailand USAF ....

Feb 23, 2024 - 5:03:47 AM
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PKM

USA

529 posts since 4/19/2011

Waffle House at 3:00 am. Thats pretty remote.

Too many times to count, while waiting for 40 minutes along with the soccer moms in car-line at my son's school , I'd take my banjo and sit on the passenger side, (I'm right handed), and practice. If I got there early enough, I was at the front of the line and didn't have to creep up every few minutes.
After doing that for about 6 months, one afternoon my 7 year old son got in the car and said, "Dad, the girls in my class say that their Moms told them you play banjo in car-line !! Do you really have to do that ?"

Feb 23, 2024 - 5:07:04 AM
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KCJones

USA

2929 posts since 8/30/2012

There's a small lake at the tip of the Keweenaw peninsula. On this lake is an island. After a heavy rain, a small pond will form on that island. And in that pond, a rock sticks out that you can stand on. When you stand on this rock, you're standing on an island in a pond on an island in a lake on an island in a sea on an island in the ocean.

I have stood on that rock and played banjo.

Edited by - KCJones on 02/23/2024 05:07:32

Feb 23, 2024 - 6:35:21 AM
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4804 posts since 3/28/2008

On a State Department tour in Africa (December 2009-January2010) I played in a bunch of places in Mauritania, Togo, the Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic (CAR). The most remote place we played, arguably, was the town of Mongoumbo in the CAR. We shared the stage with a troupe of Ba'aka (pygmy) dancers and drummers.

I'm the banjo player pictured in this slide-show video, but in the soundtrack you're hearing Mike Munford, who used to play with that band: youtube.com/watch?v=TlBOhH4-baI .

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 02/23/2024 06:35:37

Feb 23, 2024 - 6:45:51 AM

191 posts since 9/5/2013

At a crafts show in Grand Lake Stream, State o' Maine.

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:10:41 AM

4214 posts since 7/12/2006

quote:
Originally posted by banjobob36

1970-1971 on the Mekong River Nakon Phenom, Thailand USAF ....


cant top that. thank you for serving your counntry at a time when it wasnt the most popular thing to do.

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:17 AM

Owen

Canada

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I've "played" [if you use your imagination a bit] in Pauingassi, MB.   A not uncommon expression re. fly-in reserves is, "it's a whole different world," so, if different world = remote.... .

Pauingassi First Nation - Native Ministries International

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:34:58 AM

RB3

USA

1983 posts since 4/12/2004

I once played a gig in The Great Saltpeter Cave, near Mt. Vernon, Ky.

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:47:39 AM

1640 posts since 11/10/2022

Sitting on the crapper... And THAT better stay remote.

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:26:46 AM
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martyjoe

Ireland

507 posts since 3/24/2020

I played a gig once in a NSW town in remote Australia called Gadooga. The reason for the gig was because it was voted the most boring town in Australia the previous year. One of the local farmers had a property of 160 square miles and he flew to the gig with his family in his own plane. A few other local farmers flew in. There was about 70 people in attendance in the hall & about 30 indigenous people gathered around outside. When we were playing & tapping our feet the local kids were under the stage area banging up against the floor boards. Every one had a great night. I think it was a something like a three hour drive out for us back to the next town for the nearest accommodation. We had to dodge an emu on the way in & a couple of kangaroos on the way out.

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:39:39 AM

4214 posts since 7/12/2006

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Originally posted by NotABanjoYoda

Sitting on the crapper... And THAT better stay remote.


Lolol

Thats as lonely as it gets!

Feb 23, 2024 - 10:53:58 AM
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Owen

Canada

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Geez, martyjoe, it seems every day's a school day. yes  https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/boring-town-pride-for-special-talent-robert-lane-who-is-heading-to-uk-with-indigenous-side/news-story/336328d09937b7e975404afb926e5796 

 [From ^^ article:  "Back in 1981, Goodooga was classified by the ABC as the most boring town in Australia. It's said a local wrote to the ABC explaining how the highlight of their day was to visit the servo and see if the numbers on the petrol pump had changed from the day before."

But, but, but, that 160 square miles sounds more like an acreage than a farm:     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Creek_Station#:~:text=Anna%20Creek%20Station%20has%20an,in%20the%20country's%20Northern%20Territory.   devil

???????

Feb 23, 2024 - 5:09:47 PM

191 posts since 9/5/2013

martyjoe,

Isn't Gadooga about "nine miles from Gundagai"?

Feb 25, 2024 - 7:23:15 AM

4754 posts since 4/29/2012

Remote is relative to where you normally are. So my remote performance was sitting on a log at Fort Ticonderoga playing Soldiers Joy while being filmed by a BBC film crew.

Feb 25, 2024 - 8:53:34 AM
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Lew H

USA

2938 posts since 3/10/2008

On a sidewalk in Manhattan, NY. That's pretty remote from southern Illinois.

Feb 25, 2024 - 1:18:49 PM

martyjoe

Ireland

507 posts since 3/24/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Tim Jumper

martyjoe,

Isn't Gadooga about "nine miles from Gundagai"?


We played the following night in an opel mining town called Lightning ridge, that as I recall was the closest place for accommodation so we stayed there the two nights. I thought it was around 1979/80 we were doing that tour. Burke was another remote town on the tour. 

Feb 25, 2024 - 4:16:43 PM

10 posts since 2/22/2024

I was thinking about remote places that I had travelled to with a banjo forgetting that I had spent several years living in a remote community. Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories is a 4 to 5 hours drive from the closest settlement and a good 8 hour drive to the closest city. Played occasional gigs during that time at the Subarctic Lounge and Nahanni Inn, the local watering holes.

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