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Subject: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harpgirl
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 07:16 PM

...I see a lot of new folks! Where are you from? What do you sing and play? How's the weather there?


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 07:23 PM

I'm from England

I play guitar, anglo concertina, harmonica, and dabble with a few others

The weather is foul.

I have to use a proxy (anonymizer) to access mudcat, because Max thinks I've been too naughty and wants to ban me.

Anything else?


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:03 PM

This being Mudcat, define "New" There's probably a whole thread waiting there. I've been on Mudcat a couple of months and feel like an old-timer, so I won't add anything here. I'm glad that you started this thread, Harpgirl. Maybe it will help me to get to know the new members. Me being an old-timer and all.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: hobbitwoman
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 09:59 PM

Well, I'm kinda new. I'm from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I don't play anything (at least no musical instrument, if that's what you mean). I love to sing but try to do it where I won't disturb people. I love many different kinds of music but have recently been getting more interested in folk and Celtic music - I still have a lot to learn which is why I'm hanging out here.

Annie


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Bobert
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:10 PM

I'z from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA. I've played rock n' roll in a loud band, folk, country, bluegrass but have for the last couple of years concentrated on acoustic blues. I play just about anything with strings and a neck and also mountain dulcimer and an antique pedal organ. I'm also into song writin' which I've been doing for over 30 years. AND, THANKS FOR ASKIN'. REALLY....


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: rea
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:16 PM

I'm from North Carolina (Durham/Brevard), but I live half the time in VA (Falls Church and Charlottesville) and the other half at college in NY state. There's a southern distinction for you.

I just sing. I fiddle with the guitar, and really want to learn fingerpickin, so if anyone knows a good place in North VA or C-ville to learn....

and my main qualification for being here... my folks met at a bluegrass festival. So I owe my existence to the music...

heh

rea


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: technission
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:20 PM

I still feel new, although I have audaciously darted in and out among the legendary ones. {They have all been very polite and friendly by the way.) I'm from Houston, Texxass and I play the stereo, haha, I dabble with a nylon-stringed "classical" guitar. I've had it since college, damn near 30 years ago. It's no big name; "Ventura" - ?? Seems OK to me but what do I know? I like just about any music though some I reserve for special occasions and some I tolerate as "background" only. It was a lovely mostly-clear day here, and this afternoon was about 70 fahrenheit. I sat outside and drank a Czechoslovakian beer, now I know why it was so reasonably priced at the market...


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Bobert
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 10:34 PM

Rea: Augusta Heritage Center. Davis and Elkins College which is 2 1/2 hours from Falls Church. augusta@augustaheritage,com. P.S. I grew up at 302 E. Broad St. in Falls Church. The main house was build in 1847. Also, if you aren't aware, the State Theater, which I used to go to as a kid, has lots of great folk and blues acts... John Hammond is going to be there next month and I'll come out of the mountian fir that one...


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: nager
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 11:26 PM

Harpgirl, I am not sure if I ``qualify" as new either as I have been here a few weeks now... but I am from Newcastle, NSW, Australia and have been playing guitar and singing folk for so many years (both in Oz and England) I would rather not mention the number publicly! Sing and play a bit of everything that sounds folksy or bluesy..no matter when or by whom it was written. Also play piano accordion (my wife's allows it only when she's out shopping), harmonica and recorder. We have a very active folk club in our city and a good one at nearby Woy Woy too, the Troubador...both have web pages .. but don't know how to do a blue click. The NSW Folk Federation site might have links. I have found most people very helpful and friendly on this site and hope the odd piece of info I have passed on has been received well too.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: E.T.
Date: 24 Feb 02 - 11:29 PM

From central Michigan returned after a score of years in Chi-town (Chicago). I play recorder, piano, organ, accordion (mostly for caroling outside - its loud and covers up a lot)pennywhistle some, fife and tabor for renaissance dances, and occasional bandura - a Ukranian folk instrument. So far my only tune on it is Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring which is a great one for tuning all gazillion strings. I sing just for fun and enjoy shape note and Shaker songs.Oh yeah, I've taught renaissance dance for 20 plus years. Elaine


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 01:28 AM

I'm not that new either. I live in the mountains of the wine country north of San Francisco. I was raised where the Mississippi and the Ohio flow together but left long ago. My first instrument was the five string banjo, but I'm a guitarist. My main interests musically are blues and bluegrass and old-time music.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: michaelr
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 01:36 AM

My main instrument is guitar, with some octave mandolin and whistle thrown in. I'm playing mostly Celtic now ( my band is called Greenhouse) but I like all kinds of music (except rap and death metal). Living in Northern California, same as rolfyboy (howdy neighbor!)

Michael


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: The Pooka
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 01:52 AM

Hobbitwoman, yeah I think that is what Harpgirl meant, about playing. :)

I don't play any musical instrument either. Only the tin whistle. / Nyyaah I don't really even play that, just toot around with it. You don't wanna know. I sing. Not as well as I used to. Hey, the same has been said of Liam Clancy. (Yo, Leprechaun! How are ye?)

Like some others here I'm sort of medium-new as a member, a few weeks. I've been posting so much you'd think I was a veteran, if you didn't notice the content. It's a Phase. Gibbous Blabbarrabus.

I want to say I'm from Mordor but that might alarm the gentle Hobbitwoman. Ash nazg durbatuluk...nowait, what I mean to say is, I'm from central Connecticut.

Not being a musical performer, on the 'Cat I'm a civilian. I like lots of different musics but I'm nuts about Celtic, especially Irish. My knowledge of it is outdated but I like to learn. Occasionally this occurs, when I shut up for a minute.

That's about it. Welcome to all. This is a good place.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,lil' VanBone
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 02:35 AM

Well I'm new in a sense. I'm 19, from Washington D.C. and I've grown up as a member of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, but until about 2 years ago I thought folk music was icky. I'm now attending St. Mary's College of Maryland, and have set up a radio show with a friend "David and Allan's Folking you up since 1982", which is unfortunately quickly running out of new material to play. I'm afraid I play no instruments, though I enjoy singing. My passions in folk music focus on a combination of rowdy (sp?) shanties and beautiful melodic songs. I tend to listen to alot of the Pyrates Royale and Wyld Nept at the moment, and if anyone has bands they think I might enjoy, I'm always looking for suggestions. Pooka, is your name a Changeling referance? Just wondering. Anyone who frequents many events in the Washington area has probably seen me once or twice at some point, and if you attend the Royal Mile Pub sings, then I'm the big bearded guy from the "young people's table".


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 03:17 AM

thirteen replys and ten from the 'states' Is there any area of life where this country has not got its' sticky beak??


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: CarolC
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 03:45 AM

Well, you know, as tireless and dedicated as our members outside of the US are in thier pursuit of all things beautiful and musical, they do have to sleep some time. I think we should cut them some slack. They'll be around when they wake up, I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 04:10 AM

Looks like I do qualiify as a Newbie. Like Pooka, I'm from Connecticut... Derby, which is kinda south-central. I started performing in the early 60's in Greenwich Village, learned fingerpicking from Dave Van Ronk, play mostly guitar and five string banjo, some mandola, and used to play fiddle when it was needed and there was no one better than me. I play mostly traditional American folk, songs I've written which reflect my love of the tradition, and in more recent years, old gospel. For the last five years, I've been leading a 'cept for me black gospel quartet, doing the old Swan Silvertones, Five BlindBoys, Fairfield Four style of gospel. I play electric guitar with the group (being a traditionalist.) I cut two albums for Folk Legacy, one on my own (Handful of Songs)and the Messengers are currently recording their first CD. I'm recently retired, and playing far more music than I have at any other point in my life. I find it humorous to see the monikers of others in this thread who I assumed were old-timers because their names are so familiar. I enjoy Mudcat a great deal, and was finally encouraged to check it out by my great friends Art Thieme, and Sandy & Caroline Paton.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 08:11 AM

I too am new, from the California Bay Area. After 15 years of regular music study I finally gave it up as a lost cause. I like most music except the modern stuff, especially Celtic.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: jup
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 08:23 AM

From,Queensland,Australia.

I play finger style guitar and sing.

I play in a bush band and like celtic music and ballads mostly.

I have been a viewer of the Cat for a long time ,but have only just been able to post recently.

I am not very good at this computing thing yet.

It must be my age? Jup.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 08:56 AM

I'm from Hull.!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: The Pooka
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 09:20 AM

Guest li'l VanBone, great to see *young* folkie-folks comin' in. Give us a rowdy chantey from yer shanty! Ahh, youth! -- yer takin' me back, at your age I was in school in D.C. & havin' fun. Too much fun. Georgetown's me "almost mater". Pesky Jevvies, expected ye to go to class. My name is after The Pooka Fergus MacPhellimey, a character of late writer Flann O'Brien.

Jerry Rasmussen, like to catch your act. Up the Naugatuck Valley! But is Waterbury still the Center of the Universe? After...well, you know. We shan't speak of him. Guess W'bury's OK as long as Johnnie R. is Governor. Which looks like it may be forever.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: madwaff
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 09:39 AM

Originally East Yorkshire, now North-east Scotland,where it's dreich, to use the local term - grey, wet, melting snow and ice underfoot, mmm, lovely! Came back to singing after 30 years, having finally been told that, contrary to what my school music teacher said, I don't sound like Flamborough Foghorn!! Trying to get to grips with guitar and bodhran but need cast iron fingertips for the first, and a string attached to the beater for the second to stop me bouncing it off my head, the wall, etc. etc. - I guess there are those who will say give up, we don't need ANOTHER bodhran player, but it's fun! (I don't inflict either instrument on my friends!)
nice to be here! madwaff


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: MMario
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 09:45 AM

lil vanbone try:The corsairs, the Jolly Rogers, Bedlam, Poxy Boggards, Molly & the Tinker, Empty Hats


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Cairistiona
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 10:00 AM

I hail from the Island of Lewis (in the Outer Hebrides) although resident now at the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye. I am a singer of Gaelic songs and have visited the US on a number of occasions. Looking forward to my next trip.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: irishajo
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 10:18 AM

I'm from Northwest Indiana, born and raised here. About 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. I play piano, and sing sometimes. I would like to learn more instruments, if anyone knows of a good teacher in the area. I've dabbled in the past with guitar and violin but didn't stick with it. Interested in everything, especially Celtic and Kentucky folk as my mom's side of the family comes from that region.

The weather here can be crazy. Yesterday it was gorgeous in the 50s, today there's supposed to be a snowstorm.

Amy


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: C-flat
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 11:12 AM

Been nosing round for a couple of weeks so I guess I qualify as new. I'm a guitar player mainly,(30years) I also do a little "two-fingered" mandolin and I'm working myself up to a second attempt at the banjo (I'm counting on the Mudcatters help). Home is in Middlesbrough,North East U.K. Last couple of days here have been....Sunny,Rainy,Sleety,Windy,..... We get lots of weather here!!! I like to play finger style (singer/songwriter) stuff but I also play in a couple of bands, one a Django jazz type of thing and the other mostly covers.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 11:19 AM

Winnie Ther Pookah: PM your e-mail, and I'll let you know the next time I'm singing up around your area. I go to NOMAD every year and almost always do a workshop of folk, along with one with my gospel quartet. We're singing five out of seven days, this week, so most of my energy is going there. But, I still make the folk circuit, too. My e-mail address is gospelmessengers@msn.com. I'm down here on Route 8, so Waterbury is just around the corner..
Jerry


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: alinact
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 12:54 PM

I've been posting for a few months now, but I guess I did just barge in without introducing myself.

I'm from Canberra in Australia (the national capital) and have been playing guitar for 30 years plus.

I've been listening to folk music since forever, and it can all be traced back to the fact that my parents had a stack of Jimmy Shand records, which they played incessantly.

Was part of a little three piece group until recently (our female singer left to join the police force!), just playing at a couple of local pubs. We did mostly covers but just started to incorporate some original songs when our singer left. We are now in the process of starting from scratch again with two new singers who can actually sing in harmony, which is new for us as neither myself nor the other guy can hit a note to save our lives.

Anyway, that's enough of me.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 12:59 PM

And Jerry is well worth hearing!

Welcome to all who consider themselves "New" here. I might be new but not sure -

Steve


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Janie
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 01:00 PM

I'm a "Tarheelbilly" which means I have lived in Hillsborough, North Carolina (near Durham and Chapel Hill) for 16 years but was born & bred in West Virginia and that is the 1st place to come to mind when people ask where I am from. I sing some--used to play a little guitar and autoharp, was never very good at either-- but arthritis or something has stopped that. As I stated in the other thread about newbies, my main art is appreciation. I am a fan of any kind of well done music but particularly like folk, blues, jazz, gospel, stringband, and most anything that could be called "roots" music.

Thanks for asking!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,SlickerBill
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 01:55 PM

i've been comin for awhile now, but mainly as a GUEST. Keep losin my cookie; you know how it is. Anyway, I'm from southern Manitoba (Canada), and play guitar, both acoustic and electric in a variety of genres, though I very much like the roots music best. Also songwrite, and a smattering of harmonica and bodhran. SB


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Crane Driver
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 02:14 PM

Been here about 6 months - is that still new? I'm in South Wales, UK - the Swansea area. I sing, and play duet concertina (yeah, OK, guess which system?) and bowed psaltery, an instrument developed from a mediaeval device for slicing hard-boiled eggs. I'm a member of Baggyrinkle, a 7-strong shanty and sea-song group who will be in the States in June, and also a ceilidh band who won't.

Weather? I live on the tip of the Gower peninsula, where we can expect one furious gale every winter - it starts in November and blows til March. Yeah, it's windy.

Andrew


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: RolyH
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 02:17 PM

From Suffolk UK.Play guitar(very average)and dulcimer(just average)Main interest is trad English but have open ears to anything. It's raining (some more)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: breezy
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 02:25 PM

St. Albans, herts. eng.
I org the folk club on Fridays at the comfort hotel, holywell hill.
like chorus songs with bags of harmony, sadly in short supply in these parts
Guitar
snorbens is a touristy stop


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 07:18 PM

Well now, compared to harpy who started the thread, I'm a newbie. Harpgirl showed up here in late '97 and contributed a verse to "Darlin' Pal of Mine".............
"As I walk through life without you
And my pleasures now are few
Won't you think of me my darlin'
As a maid who once loved you..."


I on the other hand didn't show up til a year later in late '98 and posted some info on Open D tuning and my love for an Emmylou song, "Prayer in Open D." I can find that info and you can too because everything here is archived. If you "Search the Forum" by member name, or just click on the poster's name in the thread, you can pull up every post they ever made. The "Supersearch" will find you words and phrases in both the Digitrad (DT) and the forum. If you're looking for a song, it's the way to go.

Harpy is MUCH older than I am as you can see in addition to the fact that I am far better looking.....You can see that for yourself by going to the Mudcat Photos....See the pulldown menu up there labeled "Quick Links?" Click on the Photos and you can also check out some others while you're there. When you can, send in one of your own to PeneAzul...Instructions are there as to how to do it.

I hope you all have taken a few minutes (hours) to explore around the site....read the FAQ and all the dope on searching, posting, Permathreads, Personal Messages and the like. Mudcat has a lot of features and it takes awhile to feel your way around. If you're having problems, PM one of us slightly older types and we'll be happy to help you out.

Did I mention I'm a helluva' lot nicer than she is?

Spaw (Pat Patterson, Bremen, Ohio)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: lardingo
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 07:38 PM

This is my first day here! I just found the site yesterday. I'm from Missouri. I play 5-string banjo in a bluegrass band. I also play acoustic rhythm guitar, bass, and electric lead guitar (country only). I recently got a dobro, but I haven't had time to learn to play it yet.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: cyder_drinker
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 08:56 PM

OK - I'm from Bristol, UK. I play Irish flute and Fiddle. Don't post on the forum much, but usually join in the Paltalk sessions on Sundays.
--
Chris


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Ian Darby
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 08:59 PM

Dear Harpgirl

I've been here for a while, (long enough to attract abuse) and I love this place.

I'm from Manchester in the U.K. and am now living in Wigan for tax reasons.

I play a 'Strat (which is an absolute sweetheart) in a four piece rock 'n roll band with a combined age of 200+ years. My other instruments are Mandolin & Gob Iron.

There's also a Five String Banjo, a Dulcimer which I made myself, and some whistles & keyboards. (I can just about get a tune out of these.)

Thanks for the thread.....

P.S. The weather is up to the usual B.S. standard, I'd tell you more but it would only upset you.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Desdemona
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 09:15 PM

I suppose I'm "new-ish", having been here a scant few months; I live in Massachusetts, love (primarily English, although I do have those jaded Grateful Dead/Hot Tuna/Bob Dylan/on & on & on....skeletons in my closet!) traditional music. I'm still trying to summon up the time, energy & commitment to learn an instrument, but I do so love to sing. The weather's been lovely these last few days, but here in New England it can always change......!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Gloredhel
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 09:16 PM

Been here about six months. I'm from Napa, California, and if you don't know where that is you know nothing about wine. I play the harp mainly, also play piano and sing (classically trained on all counts) and just started guitar lessons. I'm 17, and have been into the Irish scene for about 5 years, besides the classical, popular standards, and a bit of Gregorian chant. Also beginning an interest in Scottish and English music.

Hey E.T., you an' me oughta get together and talk shapenote!

Colleen


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harpgirl
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 09:47 PM

...so many interesting people everywhere in the world EXCEPT IN OHIO!!! Pay no attention to the man with the shriveled buckeyes behind the hospital curtain....

I came here because I saw Art Thieme was hanging out here...I'm in the north florida pineywoods...and running along the rivers...

azaleas are blooming and the redbuds are out but a cold front this week will freeze all the spring blossoms...I'll have to go to Arkansas to be a springhopper this year....

welcome people....hg


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: The Pooka
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 11:11 PM

Colleen Gloredhel: Gregorian chant!! Classically trained, Irish scene since age *12*, branching out now; harp, piano, guitar, voice....Look what high quality this place attracts. And youth! Wow. Seriously. Amazing.

(How'd I get in here....) :)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: MediocreShepherd
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 12:19 AM

I'm new here. From the Isle of Cape Breton, Canada (we used to be a province you know!). I am a Sheep Farmer. I play button accordeon at the local farmer's market in Sydney unless you pay me to stop (or buy my lamb) But I only play my Penny Whistles to my sheep or along with my collection of records and CDs. I love to sing, that's the Irish in me. I try to improve my singing with practice, that's the Welsh in me. I like singing fishing songs, that's the Newfoundlander in me. I like tongue in cheek songs (and tongues and cheeks), that's the West Country English in me. I like bagpipes and drums, that's the Scotch (whisky?) in me. I traded a bunch of sheep and gear for a set of Chris Langan Uilleann pipes, now that's definitely the love of music in me 'cause it makes no business sense. The bellows belt won't go around me waist! They aren't as easy to play as the whistles! I love this café! I am young too... 44 going on 19.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: The Pooka
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 01:21 AM

"Mediocre", **LOL**!! Whooo-hoo. Unbelievable. You may be a middling (Midlands?) sheep-herder but yer one helluva writer. If yer piping is 'arf as good yer a dam' Genius. God, what a place this is. / I'm coming back to The Island, by God. / Nono not fer you, young feller. Fer da Sheep. :)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: HuwG
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 04:43 AM

From Roysten Vasey, home of the "League of Gentlemen". Semi-seriously !

I play folk and blues on a second-hand Yamaha F340, enthusiastically but without much finesse, at a monthly folk get-together. I also do occasional duty as sound engineer and roadie.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Pied Piper
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 05:39 AM

Hi Harpgirl Ive been visiting Mudcat for 3 weeks and joined as a menber.I come from the Peoples Free Democratic Republic of Eccles,Manchester,England.Eccles is famous throughout the universe as the home of the "Eccles cake"(a type of cooky?). I play Highland pipes,Flute,whistles,Bodhran,and I've got a Bardic harp (metal strings,great sound).I mostly play traditional dance music but have ventured into Blues and North Indian classical Ragas. I'm still learning the ropes but this is a great site and I think you'l have alot of fun.

Best wishes Pied Piper


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: rich-joy
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 07:29 AM

Hi Guyse!
I'm new-ish and am now living in Maleny in sub-tropical Queensland, Australia. Been "into" things FOLK (and related forms - which covers a LOT then, I guess!) since Forever (I did the Big 5-oh thing last year).
Don't play any instruments - 'cept the Voice. Love a cappella harmony singing (done quite a bit of that the last 18 years, in groups like Mna / Star Piquettes / No Strings Attached / Sweet Mermaids / Serafina / + various choirs, and currently, a trio named Raw Silk). Help run a monthly folk night at The Up Front Club, Maleny called "A Bit Of FOLK On The Side" - anyone in town on the first Saturday of the month is welcome.
This part of the world (Sunshine Coast Hinterland)is also home to the famous and fantabulous Woodford Folk Festival, held every Christmas/New Year on a reclaimed dairy farm amongst the hills of Woodford. Anyone who'd like a warm Festive Season holiday, without cold and snow, amongst a kaleidoscope of music styles and experiences, is encouraged to make the journey Down Under - you won't be disappointed!! Checkout the site at www.woodfordfolkfestival.com - or ask people like Kristina Olsen for their opinion!!
I started dropping into the 'Cat about 18 months ago and though not a regular poster, I now can't imagine life on the Net without it - it's a GREAT site and forum - Heartfelt THANKS to ALL those who help keep it going ... R-J


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 08:14 PM

Well, I guess I'm still newish. Been here a year. 21 years old. Yet another young folkie!! Unfortunately I associate with 422 and The Pack at festivals for u english catters. I play trumpet, bodhran, penny whistle, piano accordion, flute, djembi ermmmmm...that's it at the moment. the weather is rubbish, looks like we're going to flood again,..........that's about itno p6777777777777 / //gfffffffgvxskllllllllllll

and that's my cat Peanut who wants to learn to type. she loves this keyboard, and the mudcat!!

Jez


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Willie-O
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 08:42 PM

Nice to see all you folks here. You can ignore Spaw or swipe back, which I think he prefers.

Got me to wondering just how long I have been hanging around this cybercafe. Apparently since Feb 99 under my current appellation. Posted some under my real name (Bill Cameron) before then.

I am not as goodlooking as harpgirl but a damn site more attractive than Spaw. If you go for over-the-hill folkies in the first place.

Nice to see there's at least one new Canuck in the bunch.

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 08:59 PM

Welcome to Slickerbill, from another Canadian. I'm in Nova Scotia.

Hi Willie. Nice seeing you again.

I've been here for quite a while. Somewhere around October/November of '98.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Anahootz
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 09:36 PM

Male, Alaskan, 32 years of use...runs great, body ok...

Heh. I play dang near anything with strings, but my latest obsession is Bluegrass Mandolin. I can't sing and play at the same time, so I choose not to sing, which is probably a good thing. I don't play in a band, don't really plan on playing in a band down the road, as I like the freedom to play with whomever will have me.

The weather sucks here. Par for the course.

Alaska provides many opportunities to play music, as there is nothing else to do all damn winter long. It has been said on occasion that I live in "a quaint little drinking town with a music problem"...

'Hootz


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Miken
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 09:52 PM

Well, I guess I'd better jump in here and introduce myself.I've been a member since early December or so. Have been interested in folk music since the late fifties, and picked up my first guitar in 1961 to learn traditional ballads of North America and the U.K. Gradually got into old time string band music ,then bluegrass for a few years. Recently felt the need to go back to the old songs again and found the mudcat as well, so I've had a great few months lately reconnecting with the music and with old musical friends. I live in Edmonds,Washington roughly half way between Don Firth and the Deckman (who I hadn't seen for forty Years till I looked in here!) As proof of the prevailing insanity I've acquired while lurking here I've ordered a new button accordion which should be arriving any day! Love traditional Irish dance music. Welcome to all you other new 'cats. I was surprised at how many of you posted here.....I feel in good company with you as well as the remarkable regulars at the mudcat. I learned (and relearned) a lot since I've been here.

Mike Nelson


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Feb 02 - 09:59 PM

'Hootz, and where is that?? In Southeast, I'd guess Haines. In the west, perhaps Bethel. In the north, Kotzebue. East? hmmmmmm

Ebbie, from Juneau


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Anahootz
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 12:20 AM

Hi ebbie, you are from Juneau, so you will get this... I live about halfway between the bridge and the Fergusons...on the uphill side...

Haines and sitka run 1-2, but there is more music and drinking in this 'burg than all the rest, just ask Scotty Frye the next time you see him. hehehe.

'hootz


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 12:49 AM

Hi all. I've been kicking around here for a couple months now.I live in northern Minnesota (way up yonder where the du-dudes a boogie)
I play guitar and harmonica. I've been kind of a closet musician until last year I opened for our local blues festival and played at another fest down south.
This has been one of our nicest winters in a long time. Never got below zero except one night. Hardly any snow left.
Good to meet you all, I really enjoy this place and the people here are groovy! (now does that word age me a bit!)
Susie


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 01:28 AM

Do you perhaps know Cecily, Anahootz? I live on the hill downtown. :)

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Murph10566
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 04:58 PM

Hi All - Born in UP-state NY (Massena) on the St. Lawrence River, I now live in the Lower Hudson Valley (Peekskill) and must have rivers in my blood (not so bad now that they're cleaning up the Hudson).

Have been playing music (guitar) and writing songs for over thirty years... I hack away at a five-string banjo on occasion, and am currently trying to elicit something more than a fuzzy squeak from the strings of a mandolin...

Still play at the odd (emphasis: ODD) Pub a couple of times a month... the music varies with the crowd, but seems to lean strongly to the Celtic / Folk / Original numbers...

I'm very pleased to be among so many accomplished and knowledgeable folks - Thanks for sharing your talents and tricks...

Regards, Murph


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: boglion
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 06:33 PM

London, England - but I disappear to my cottage on the Dingle Peninsula Co.Kerry, Ireland as often as I can....Three weeks and two days till I'm on the boat again....

I sing rather than play but can annoy a lot of people all at once with my Kazoo!!!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Anahootz
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 06:41 PM

ebbie- Um, not sure...do you play irish? I haven't played with folks out at andy n ellen's for about two years, so I'm sorta out of that loop. I hang out with the crabgrassers ;)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 07:18 PM

Anahootz, I live across the street from one of the Crabgrassers, the banjo player. So, hi!

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Steve-o
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 07:38 PM

Proud to be one of these "new folk"...joined up a week or two ago. Play guitar and mandolin, somewhere around 30 years or so- folk, Bluegrass, string band, my beloved cowboy music, etc., but strictly acoustic. Semi-pro for a few years a while back, and still have a little band- we practice every Tuesday night to keep the chops up, and play around town whenever anybody books us. My babies are a D-28 from 1946 and an A-style Gibson mando from 1934, but got lots of other stringy things hangin' around the walls. Being from Southern California, I won't talk to you folks about weather....ya just might start sobbin'.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mervyn
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 08:34 PM

I joined last week after reading the excellent thread on Raglan Road. I'm from Australia, but now live in Santa Cruz, California.

I learned songs and performed in the Melbourne traditional music scene in the early seventies -- a mix of Irish, British, and Scots music. I'm revisiting a lot of them and learning some new ones -- for my own enjoyment at home, and for the occasional party. Mudcat folks have been very helpful in pointing me towards some superb male singers.

I play an OM-style guitar, and blow a wooden flute from time to time.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: DancingMom
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 08:56 PM

Hi. Been around a few months. I live in Virginia. I sing alto ( 4-part harmony and bluesy stuff.) My grandfather was a bluegrass musician and used to take me with him to fiddler's conventions as a child. Played guitar in high school and college, getting ready to start up again with guitar and blues harmonica (the kids are older, I'm finished nursing school...I have some free time now!!!) My kids are all musicians. I LOVE blues, bluegrass, folk, old rock-n-roll, Celtic. Music's one of the greatest joys of my life. Sharon M.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Spartacus
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 08:04 AM

Hello hello.... Im from the great state of Michigan. I play guitar solo and with a recently-formed string band. The weather is cold, snowy, and beautiful.

-Spartacus


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Watersong
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 05:39 PM

Interesting reactions to a simple question ... guess we all have a "fellow feeling" as Lee Hays used to say. I'm from the upper right hand corner of Connecticut on the Mass & RI lines. I'm a singer who backs himself (and friends) up with an old Gibson J-50, a Martin D-35-12 and a new Larrivee OM-9 ... and there's an old Epiphone Caballero on our boat. During "Greensong Season" I play with the Irish band Cashel Rock ... we're at the Vanilla Bean in Pomfret Mar 8 & 9. I started the folk thing with a ukelele given to me as a 10 year old in 1955. Got a Harmony dread. in 1957 and haven't looked back. At 16 I thought I was pretty good so I made it to NYC and got food money working for Lee Hayes (transcribing melodies & verses for a post-Weavers record he was about to produce ... "The Baby Sitters") Met lots of interesting people and learned fast that I wasn't quite yet pro material. (first visit Don Mclain made to our apartment made that painfully clear ... he banged out "Old Man Can Your Dog Catch A Rabbit" and I put my ax away ... he was so good on traditional tunes). We live in an old New England "hilltop" village and there are a lot of folkies (pure coincidence) up here ... we get together once a month at someones house and get to it... Old Time Country, traditional, Celtic, Blues ... all acoustic. The young people are FANTASTIC lead instrumentalists ... us old ones tend to better "song rounded" ... a nice bunch of people.Give an email if you are in the neighborhood. If you are a visitor from way afar we can steer you to some good and reasonable B&B's ... this is beautiful country for hiking, birding, biking, canoeing ... and acoustic music. edward.clement@snet.net


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Genie
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 06:12 AM

Harpgirl, I guess I'm like alinact in that when I started Mudcatting (last July) I just started posting without saying "May I?" or introducing myself. Since I haven't done this before (i.e. answered the questions you asked), here's a bit about me. (You can find photos of me here at Mudcat, but I haven't filled in my personal info page yet. )

I live in Portland, Oregon and play guitar, write songs, and sing. I have a 1955 Martin 00018 and a 1965 Gibson LG-50, which usually stay at home when I'm on the road, while I travel with cheaper imitations. (Steve o., I'm jealous of your D-28.)

Portland is my kind of town and climate--moderate climate, lush greenery and flowers, and traffic that's not nearly as gawdawful as Seattle's (where I also spend a good deal of time).

I love all kinds of music and sing in about 12 languages. Having grown up singing in church choirs, I love harmonies, counterpoint, etc. Professionally (meaning that I earn my living at it, not that I'm any great shakes), I sing a lot of older pop, c/w, r&b, jazz standards, show tunes, etc., with a little folk thrown in. I do most of my folk stuff in unpaid venues like song circles and open mikes. Mudcat has been a great resource for finding out song histories, lyrics, etc., and a chance to share stuff that I've picked up, too. (No wise cracks, Spaw, OK?)

Miken, do you ever go to the bluegrass jam the 4th Sunday of the month at The Grateful Bread (Seattle) or to the SFS Song circles?


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 06:48 AM

I live near Bedford, England, and play guitar and sing (one of the residents at St. Neots folk club). Brought up on Bert Jansch when I was a teenager (work it out yourselves!), but also do traditional stuff and a few of my own - all fingerstyle. Favourite guitar (today) is my Martin HJ28.

This is a great site, but don't forget to log off and play!

Pete Jennings


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,kelly.family@prodigy.net
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 09:57 AM

Hi,

I believe I've also barged in without properly announcing myself.

My name's Rich Kelly. I play guitar and mandolin and am making headway on the tenor banjo and tin whistle. At least it's not sounding quite like I'm squeezing a cat.

My wife and I met in NYC in '95 while I was playing in an Irish trio, mostly in the Bronx. One son later, we moved to Eastern Ct, around Norwich, for a quieter pace while we raise the boy and enjoy being a family.

My wife, Dee, has a fantastic voice. Heck, she's even trained! Her background is jazz and show tunes. I came to Celtic music via The Pogues and Oyster Band. In high school I played in a punk band called Nixon's Sweethearts. Yes, my musical sins were many.

Our backgrounds, at least, show that musically-mixed marriages do work.

Neither of us had performed in the last few years. Last year we were invited to play for several days aboard a tall ship. After being heckled by a British passenger for playing Irish music, we realized how much we missed performing. Last Sept we were invited by sea shantyman Don Sinetti to play a few songs at Sag Harbor's weekend festival. Nothing was thrown at us, so now we're actually rehearsing and hope to get out more often to perform.

I've haunted this site for months and am always impressed with the knowledge and helpfullness of this site. Hope I have a chance to contribute soon.

Rich Kelly


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: TNDARLN
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 06:51 PM

Hidy, Y'all,
[I'm kinda new here] Chattanooga's been home for awhile, but Alabama roots do run deep. The name-to cross thread a bit-came from Mick Moloney himself: there were seven of us on one of his tours whom he pegged the Tennessee "Dehrlins" [trust me, it sounds different with an Irish accent]- and I've used it ever' since.
Piano, autoharp, bodhran. Did somebody say "shapenote"? Sacred Harp and Gospel. Old time in general. Music teacher by trade/calling- this forum is an incredible source of background info, lyrics, etc.
A recent thread on "The Night/Dixie Down" reminded me how important that song was to me-- here I was being taught to sing in "head voice", but how I loved singing along with Baez in her range! Still do.
I'm enjoying this thread. Nice to meet y'all.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Shonagh
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 07:37 PM

well im fae bonny scotland!i live in huntly now (on the east coast) after living in plockton(on the west coast) for a while. Im 16 and i just love folk music. honestly it is my life!! i just find it all amazing and i want to just do nothing else with my life than be a folk singer in pubs!!its great craic. anyhoo, thats about my life story!! oh i sing, play the fiddle, the guitar, a wee bit of the piano and the whistle.

Shonagh x


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Amergin
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 07:39 PM

Well...I am not exactly new here....I have been here as a member for two years....previously I would come here for the DT.....

I live just downriver from Portland, OR...though am orignally from the great nation Of North Idaho.....

I write a bit...and love to torture folks with my voice.....and am learning how to play the lap dulcimer.....

Also compared to old Spaw.....I am just a baby at a mere 27 years of age.....


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Willie-O
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 07:41 PM

Well damn me, what a nice bunch of truly immersed folkies are still signing in here. That is REAL encouraging given all the carpin, bitchin and whinin that has clogged up a lot of threads of late. (Right now, my kids are upstairs arguing furiously about something to do with popcorn popping technique--come on, how complicated is it to hit a button on a microwave? I'm NOT starting a new thread.)

By the way, could you Alaskans include a glossary? Methinks most of us don't speak your lingo. In fact, I didn't realize there was an "Alaskan" lingo, but now I'm sure of it. While you're at it, include a map. I'm going!

Any quaint little drinking town with a music problem is the place for me.

Thanks, Harpgirl.

Thanks, Max.

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Miken
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 09:57 PM

Hi Genie, nice to meet you. Have been to one session at the Grateful Bread, last fall, and found some powerful pickers there that evening, and a bunch of music I'd never heard; so I stayed pretty much on the listening side.

Haven't yet made it to any of the Song Circles, but did get to Rainy Camp last month and met some of those folks there. Was looking for you ,too, since I'd read some of your posts, but heard you couldn't make it. As it was I had to leave early, but had a good time.

When you next head up this way, drop me a P.M. Maybe we can cross paths!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Big John
Date: 01 Mar 02 - 10:25 PM

Hello everybody, John Murphy, living in Dublin. Played guitar with a group call The Lowlanders in the mid 60's and gave it up when I took up a job and raising a family. (gave up drinking and smoking as well). Resumed my former life 6 months ago when I retired. I'm back to playing my guitar (and smoking and drinking). Its 3 am and I've just arrived home from a gig.Thanks to Mudcat I'm re-learning several songs I had forgotten (having a lot of trouble with my brain cell trying to absorb the words). Anyhow, it's better to burn out than fade out. I think the guy who said that is long gone...I don't care if I do die do die do die.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 04:53 AM

Hello Folks,

I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm a singer/songwriter with several recordings released and one in the works. I'm working in the Middle East but head back home each year to play Stanfest. I hope to have the new CD ready for debut at Stanfest 2003.

I think mudcat is awesome and have spent a great deal of time in here since joing a couple of weeks ago.

Nice to meet ye!

Jim


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Songsmith
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 05:14 AM

Lost my cookie!

message above is from me...Songsmith is my mudcat handle.

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: donal
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 07:52 AM

hi from Kinsale in Co. cork in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harvey andrews
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 07:11 AM

Having found Mudcat compulsive daily reading I decided i should stop being a guest and join the party. I've been writing and performing my own songs for 38 years.15 albums. thousands of gigs. I live in the village of Gnosall in Staffordshire which is on the Shropshire Union canal and six miles from my working lifeline the M6 motorway. Pleased to announce Rick Fielding is appearing with me in my local town of Stafford on Saturday 28th Sept, so all you mudcatters who can make it E mail me for details!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Songsmith
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 07:20 AM

Hello Harvey

It's been a long time since the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and the winged attack you fell prey to on the mainstage. I was talking about you and your wonderful shows just the other day.

a fan for always,

Jim Hanlon


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harvey andrews
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 07:34 AM

For those who weren't there it was at Lunenburg I discovered I was the greatest food treat the mosquito ever had. On stage in the evening I was covered in them, so much so that in the middle of a song the m.c. was so cencerned he came onstage unknown to me and sprayed the carpet of mossies on my back, then the clump on my bald head. Of course, the "Off" (I love the word they don't use) mingled with my sweat and ran into my eyes. A baffled audience heard my roar of pain as I reached for my bottle of water and began pouring it over my face..the situation escalated beyond my control. However when I finished I got a standing ovation!!! Also poisoned ankles.On going to the local doc for treatment he said it was one of the worst cases of mosquito bites going septic he'd ever seen.When it came to payment he asked me "I understand you are performing at our folk festival" "Yes" "Then as a guest of our town, there will be no charge Mr Andrews" Just another of my many "I love Canada" moments. I loved the two Lunenburg festivals I did and then the committee changed and I've not been invited back. This is one of the major problems for the pro musician you fall in love and then you get abandoned because the taste of the booker is not the same as that of the previous one. It's hard sometimes, but you get philosophical!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Songsmith
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 07:46 AM

Harvey,

I haven't been back to Lunenburg since 94. We (Starb'ard Side) played most of the years up to that point. You were certainly a huge hit but as you say the faces and tastes change.

Have you tried your luck with Stanfest? I know the artistic director caught both of your shows in Lunenburg. It's billed as a songwriter's festival and I've played all but one of them so far. It's developed into quite an event. I'd gladly put a good word in for you if your interested.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harvey andrews
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 09:19 AM

I have your c.d from Lunenburg. Yes, I'm interested in this festival.Maybe we should talk privately.I understand now I'm a member you can get my private E mail address?


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Songsmith
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 09:33 AM

Hello Harvey,

Good idea. Send me a message at one of the following addresses and we'll talk further.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harvey andrews
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 10:17 AM

Aaaaggghh...what addresses!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,MichaelAnthony
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 01:44 PM

rea,

If you want to stop in Roanoke on your way up to C'ville, I can get you started on fingerpicking.

MichaelAnthony


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 02:57 PM

Not that new a 'cat, but lost my cookie for a while when my son crashed the comp. Nigel from Cardiff, Sunny(ha ha) capital of Wales


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Em
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 03:49 PM

I'm a Texan living in London. I play a mean tin whistle, Spider Stacey is my hero ;o)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Ebbie
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 04:10 PM

Willie-O, here is an e-dress for you: www.juneauphotos.com; you'll see why I, for one, am so enthralled with this town, its people and its surroundings. I've been here almost 14 years and I'm still in the honeymoon phase.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Songsmith
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 10:43 PM

Hello Harvey,

The address won't post as a link for some reason. Here it is in long form.

songsmith at canada dot com

Look forward to hearing from you.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Genie
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 11:42 AM

Harvey, That's a wonderful tragi-comic story. I think you've got the makings of a good song there. (It's the kind of thing Áine would have used for a Song Challenge! if she had read it in a newspaper.)

Genie

Harpgirl, I'm glad you started this thread. It's given me a chance to 'meet' some other Mudcatters who were mainly just names before.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Ian
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 11:50 AM

Hi dipped in 0ver last 6 months now a member. Orignally from Stoke on Trent (Potteries FSC) now living in Thame Oxon. Handy for Towersey Fest August Bank Holiday. But lately of no fixed FSC.

To Harvey Andrews do you Know Paul & Glen (brothers)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: harvey andrews
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:48 PM

Paul and Glen who? From Where? The problem is I meet so many people in so many different places that names come to mean little or nothing, whereas face, place and time mean a lot more.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Piek
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 01:14 PM

Hi, just signed up half an hour ago, so how is that for 'new'? I'm from Belgium (so never ask about the weather again) and play guitar, mandoline, bouzouki and english concertina. Right now I'm very excited I have found this site so excuse me I have some reading and bookmarking to do. Greetings to all. Piek.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 20 May 02 - 09:35 PM

hello world, mr happy here

i,ve been around for a while but enlisted for a cookie award way back in april 2002

i impose/ inflict my songwriting on unprepared audiences and accompany these compositions with an unusual style of guitar playing.

i also enjoy slow airs and for this reason play them on melodeon/mouth organ/whistle

i'm in two groups, a duo & a trio

i live in chester uk & the weather always consists of sunny spels [oops, can't spel] & rarely scorchio

i get around to lots of festivals during the season.

this year, having discovered mc + gatherings, its my intention not to attend any more pay fests. but go to mc gatherings & other free do's like pvff beverley where its just constant hedonism etc

i've rambled on too long eh?

i've got the music in me [or is it the wixy?]


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 20 May 02 - 10:05 PM

I'm from Hull, I don't sing but i play mandolin & guitar (badly!), and the weather is crap, it's raining.john


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 21 May 02 - 12:18 AM

Harpgirl, with this good thread, has shown you new Mudcat people a thread topic that's very like several others we had a few years back. It's great to see so many good people hanging here with us oldertimers. A few decades ago I was gigging in many of the places you all live in now-----beautiful areas all. It was grand to meet musicians and singers from that earlier era and I do wish I could hear your music around a festival campfire in this brave new century. What a great continuum we / you are a part of. Glad to virtually meet you all !!!! This is an amazing place much more pften than not.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Socorro
Date: 21 May 02 - 02:00 AM

I've been around about a month. I'm also from No. Calif, (Sonoma County). I play piano with a group of friends who love traditional black gospel music (sorta like my friend Mr. Jerry Rasmussen). I sing a little. Would anyone be interested in helping me learn to sensitively ACCOMPANY my friends? Rather than just "bashing out the melody"??? I love this place.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 21 May 02 - 02:20 AM

Mudcat, you're great, and you've only got yourself to blame. I'm pretty new here, and using two computers so I might be posted as Guest or not. I live near Brisbane, in Sunny Queensland, Australia, where it's perfect one day, and better the next..... or something like that according to our tourism board.

What with our great sunny weather, and the terrific regular Sunday sessions we're into, life is too good to be true.... so it probably isn't. Still, until the day they catch up with me and drag me back to grim reality, I'll keep thumping bodhran, singing daft songs - mainly Scots - and telling silly stories.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 21 May 02 - 12:01 PM

fersh


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Acme
Date: 21 May 02 - 12:30 PM

"fersh"? Is Mr. Happiness a bit dyslexic? That looks like one of my typos.

Good to see new names pop up on the list. I posted a link to Mudcat from a library page at the University a few months back. Any other UTA folks on Mudcat?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 21 May 02 - 12:36 PM

its in the DNA

National Dyslexia Association


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: fogie
Date: 21 May 02 - 12:59 PM

I live on the Welsh English border where Offas Dyke crosses, Im a family doctor, and have played and sung for 36 years at least. Now with a bit of free time I'm in a folkorchestra, and an English ceidlh band, There seem to be quite a few local catters in Shropshire, and here in the sticks we make our own amusement. Never had it so good. Play anything I can lay my hands on!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Declan
Date: 21 May 02 - 01:10 PM

I've been posting here for a few months now. I haven't joined up yet because I don't think my employer, on whose time I do a lot of reading and writing here, would appreciate me putting cookies on his PC. I'm not on the net at home for various reasons, if I ever get hooked up I'll be sure to join formally.

How are you doing Big John hope to see you in the GAA club again sometime soon.

I'm from Dublin Irelad, play guitar (mostly to back instrumental trad stuff, but I'm open to any type of music really). I'm arguing a lot with a mandolin lately but amn't good enough to play in public much yet, but its fun. It's raining here again !


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 21 May 02 - 01:40 PM

Hey - I'm another Ohioan, born and bred in Cleveland, now in Newbury, a bit to the East. I also read and post from work, not hooked up at home, which is also why I post mostly as a guest, though I am registered, and sign my name so people can know where it's coming from. I am a lifelong music fan, played mostly drums for a while, than flute, bagpipe chanter, would like to get a set of uilleann pipes someday, picked up a few ukuleles that I tormented friends and family with, now am struggling as well with the Mandolin, picked up a real sweet 'B & J Serenader' in it's original case for 20 bucks, a set of new strings and it sounds great (unless I'm abusing it with tired bleeding fingers!). Am mostly these days interested in celtic, but love trad. music of all kinds, have had a world music radio show in the past, and folk show and celtic show, and blues show, and jazz show, and hope to do more celtic radio in the future, big record collection, select cd collection, lots of books, really try to get at the history of songs and thier singers. I detest the music of most contemporary 'singer-songwriters' though not all of them. And love to sing. I am trying in my own way to encourage everyone to sing in public more often, and learn the old songs.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Col K
Date: 21 May 02 - 04:15 PM

Hi folks Joined in feb 2002 live in E Lancashire go to many festivals member of Shellback Chorus Glad I joined Good luck to all


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: weepiper
Date: 21 May 02 - 04:59 PM

Well I guess I ought to do the formal thing too...

I'm in Edinburgh. I'm 24 and have always been into trad music, having been fed liberal amounts of it by my guitar-playing (and singing) parents. It obviously worked as all 3 of us kids grew up musical. I mainly play the Scottish small pipes and border pipes, but also whistles, cittern, fiddle, bodhran... etc with varying degrees of ability. I used to sing quite a bit but have fallen out of it recently. If there were 48 hours in a day it wouldn't be enough time to play music in. I keep having to stop myself from buying more instruments. But I WILL learn the highland pipes soon... sorry neighbours... :-)

My boss gives me funny looks when I tell him I've been at a session and tells me off for drinking in 'old men's pubs'.

I like old men's pubs...


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Dagenham Doc
Date: 21 May 02 - 05:46 PM

Hi all, I joined up last year but lost my cookie and never got it back again,(a penalty of middle age maybe?)I'm an ex-pat from the East end of London now in New Zealand,and living with a Hobbit.

Doc


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 21 May 02 - 06:22 PM

I'm from County Durham in England and live these days in Victoria, British Columbia. I've been playing guitar for thirty years and now know more than six chords, which I make up for by singing loud over the difficult bits. I seem particularly good while performing on the ale ;o)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 21 May 02 - 06:27 PM

Just be wary of the old men in them, Weepiper! *L*


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Declan
Date: 22 May 02 - 08:58 AM

OK

So I've decided to give up the feeble excuses and join up properly.

Seems like a good place to be.

Looks like you'll be stuck with me for a while.

Declan


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 May 02 - 09:44 AM

I'm not a performer, but I add my voice to any chorus going. I've listened to recorded folk music since the 70's, but only discovered live music 6 years ago - & now I run a folk club, with a lot of help. I obsessively collect CD's, attend what Festivals, clubs & sessions I can get to on public transport, or by cadging rides from friends, & count some very talented singers, songwriters & musicians as friends. What a wonderful life, what did I do before I discovered the folk world?

And I obsessively log into Mudcat every night (no matter how late I get home) & I love it, its a wonderful community.

Sandra


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: CharlieA
Date: 22 May 02 - 10:24 AM

well am newish - have been here on and off for a year or so but lost my work internet connection for a while so could do less. I play flute, bodhran, pennywhistle and have just aquired a 19 string irish harp. am learning slowly. I also sing. and LARP. oh - i live in Coventry Uk and will be moving to the stevenage/WGC/Hitchin area in Aug.

weather is poo here today.

Cxxx


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 28 May 02 - 09:21 PM

sherf


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 03:56 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: treewind
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 06:30 PM

Ha!
Seeing some of the earlier messages from people who'd been here only a few weeks I thought I'd been aroud far too long to qualify as new - then I noticed the thread started in February !!!

So...
I'm near Cambridge (UK) actually even nearer to Newmarket and play Anglo concertina, cello, melodeon and (a bit) pipes.

I don't really subscribe to the Mudcat culture of hiding behind a nickname, but surprisingly (a) my name's really Anahata and (b) there's another Anahata on mudcat so I had to call myself something else.

May main musical interest these days is all detailed HERE and if you're inquisitive enough you can follow the links back to my home page and find out what else I do.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Blues=Life
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 11:33 PM

I'm fairly new, and live in South Carolina. Love the blues and folk music, grew up listening to my Dad's collection. Play a pretty mean harmonica, and am getting better at guitar. My master plan is to retire and take up busking on a street corner someplace warm. We shall see! LOL

Pete a.k.a Blues


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 05:04 AM

do you new guys kno about the locator on mc?

i'm relatively new here & i'm learning fresh stuff all the time.

there's a list of mudcatters positions in the locator.

these positions can be found in the 'quick links' menu at top of page. have a look & see if there's anyone near you-add your position

luck

mr happy


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Gamine
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 07:02 AM

Hey, fellow Catters! Pretty new myself. Been singin' since I can remember with my Papa and playing Guitar since I was 18, but sadly haven't put much into it to learn more than the basics. My Papa made me a lap dulcimer and I have been looking for someone to help teach me to play it right. In the California Bay Area right now. Just about ready to go to my first Folk Meeting held at the local coffe house on Thursday nights (tomorrow is my first!) Glad to see so many of you around...and hey, check out Womanly Jiggles: what's the verdict? It's a pretty interesting thread...started by none other. :-) (nothing like a little self promotion, eh?)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: nickp
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 07:46 AM

Been here for a few weeks but have watched from the sidelines for a year or so.

Live in Somerset, south west UK

Heavily 'into' American Old Time, playing mandolin (tunes not chops) and a bit of guitar. Have been known to try singing and would learn fiddle but the (feline) cats object! The 'Missus' clogs - Green Grass style. Involved with FOAOTMAD (Friends Of American Old Time Music And Dance) a mainly UK organisation, growing slowly but steadily. Further info check out www.pillard.demon.co.uk/foaotmad

Nick Pilley


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Davetnova
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 08:11 AM

Originally from Leith, I now live in Dumfries and play very amatuerish mandolin (I don't care I love it). A couple of weeks ago I bought a c/g melodeon which I have absolutely no idea what to do with but I have made it scream Speed bonny boat and Jock o@ Hazledean (and I mean scream). I don@t have a cookie cause I religiously scan Mudcat from work, where due to our educational filtering every time a thread gets a naughty word the remainder of the thread gets FORBIDDEN. But I persevere. I keep meaning to join but my home computer is broke and awaiting parts under warranty. I think this means it takes longer as no money is involved.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 20 Jun 02 - 06:45 AM

davetnova,

i tried to pm you but you're not listed.

you say you've a g/c melodeon you don't know what to do with- would you be interested in swopping?

i've a b/c button accordion in mint condition

your thoughts or pm me

cheers

mr h

oh, ps,

welcome to mc!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Davetnova
Date: 20 Jun 02 - 10:13 AM

Mr Happy - Slip of the keyboard , I meant of course D/G. And although I don't know how to play I am trying ( and enjoying it) and I can really annoy my wife with it. I think for the moment I will persevere so if you have any tips would be gratefully received. I think you would be dissapointed with it anyway, it's only a Parrot (I don't think its sick.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: DonD
Date: 20 Jun 02 - 11:48 AM

I've spent so much time on the 'Cat reading threads form end to end daily, and contributing a few songs to the challenges, that it seems like an awfully long time, but I joined only a few months ago after a very brief trial 'guesthood'.

I'm in Westchester County, NY -- the PO says we're in Bronxville, we 're closest to Tuckahoe, but the tax man says we're in Yonkers ("Next to the Greatest City in the World").

I've been plinking at a guitar forever, on a banjo almost as long, and squeeking on a tin whistle for a while -- and all without any signs of progress or self-confidence enough to go out in public. But I'm not shy about singing out, in groups or alone unaccompanied, and will tonight at the Pinewoods FC Riverdale Sing. I may take along the Jew's Harp that I resurrected from the back of a drawer, to see how tolerant they are.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Eclipse (at work)
Date: 20 Jun 02 - 12:25 PM

Spent the last year reading threads - decided to join about a month ago.

I sing, and play flute, and fife (until I'm in front of a crowd, and then I choke). I used to play piano (but not for the last 10yrs). Have a violin and a guitar that I need to learn to play. I collect folk and medieval music lyrics.

I'm from a small town in Alberta, Canada

-Eclipse (trying HTML code in the message - sorry if it doesn't work)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Mike Strobel
Date: 20 Jun 02 - 01:54 PM

Hi 'Catters, I hail from Rochester, New York located in North Western New York State. I play guitar, a little 5-string banjo, sing and write songs. www.mikestrobel.com

Mike


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 06:21 PM

fersch


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 06:29 PM

can someone knowledgeable, succinct, competant & adept do a bloo clickie thing to make a part2 for this thread please?


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Haruo
Date: 23 Jun 02 - 06:56 PM

How about this?

Liland


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 31 Jul 03 - 05:18 AM


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: JennyO
Date: 31 Jul 03 - 10:16 AM

Don't you mean to say "shref", Mr Happy?

I'm new on this thread, but I've been a mad mudcatter since late last year, when I first got my computer. Now I do like Sandra, and log on every night, no matter how late I get home. If mudcat is down I feel quite bereft. Sad, isn't it. However it is working now, so I feel quite eft, thank you.

BTW, I run a folk club in Sydney, like Sandra. We help each other out a lot.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: songs2play
Date: 31 Jul 03 - 10:38 AM

Born Treorchy, South Wales.
Married a Lov-er-ly Liverpool Lass.
Got 2 kids and a dog.
Now live in Wigan and go to Wigan Folk Club as often as I can.
Got 2 guitars - an Eko 6 string and a Resonator.
Turned 50 this year
'Bin married 25 years (and counting)
Work in Port Sunlight, helping to make soap.
I'm Very Happy with my lot.

'Catters is nice people.


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Subject: Hot 'n Dry SW Arizona
From: Cruiser
Date: 31 Jul 03 - 11:06 AM


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Big Lassie
Date: 31 Jul 03 - 02:47 PM

Hi,
I am from Scotland, but have lived on the Continent for years.

I love Scottish and Irish folk from the 60s and 70s.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 16 Aug 03 - 08:53 AM

refesh,

i'm in chester, uk


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: jacqui c
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 05:14 PM

Nice thread. I'm from London, moved to Hertford a bit over twenty years ago and now consider it home.

I've tried playing guitar, with no real success to date but sing regularly, mostly traditional English folk, at a Hertford venue and any other I can find and manage to get to. A friend tells me I'm an addict and I think he's right as far as both the music and the 'Cat are concerned. That's the trouble when you're a late convert!

Oh yes, the weather is lovely now, reasonably hot days and cool nights. It's a bit cloudy tonight so can't see Mars in all its glory at the moment, but that has been rather good to watch.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: sweetfire
Date: 18 Aug 03 - 04:48 AM

Only been on here a few months...so i guess that makes me pretty much a 'new' member. Like a few on here i come from Hull, moved here when i was five, but i definately don't intend to spend my life here!

   Started doing abit of folk singin about 2 years ago, did my first solo about 5/6 months ago. And god it was scary! Just started learnin guitar, pretty much just to accompany myself. But once i can do that i'm goin to start learnin some of the well known tunes around the sessions i go to so i can join in...instead of just sitting there!!

I think i may also be the youngest catter (16) ...maybe???


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 12:13 PM


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Alley
Date: 01 Oct 04 - 11:09 AM

Greetings: I am formerly from Northeastern Pennsylvania, but now reside in Florida. Because of all the hurricanes, it has been renamed the "Plywood State." I play guitar and am always looking for guitar chords for various songs. Finding lyrics is easy, however, guitar chords is next to impossible. Sure do hope some of the great folks at Mudcat can help me out.

       Alice


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: GUEST,Kindaloupehackenweez,.
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 06:44 PM

Although not a mudcatter yet am going to make it a high/Hi priority in my life. I was turned on to this sight by a very groovin happening Rustic Rebel. Thanks Rustic Rebel. And if time makes you rustic than im antique. But back to the question at hand i live in a small town some 20 miles south of Itasca state Park. Home of the mouth of the Mississippi river where one can step across it. In a hole in the wall apartment in the low rent district. No Picture window to watch the birds eat seed. However doesnt keep me from comptenplateing phylosphy and logic. Make sure the world is good to ya all..Peace..Kindaloupehackenweez


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 05 Dec 04 - 09:07 PM

Hey Kindaloupehackenweez, You made it! Welcome to the Cafe. That's one hell of a handle you got there! So hope you like the place and hang out awhile.
peace back at ya, Rustic


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Flash Company
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 09:59 AM

Only just seen this resurected post!
I hail from Altrincham in Cheshire, and found Mudcat when an old pal from our Malt Shovels days told Sheila about it. Since then I've been addicted.
I don't play an instrument, but used to be what I called an unaccomplished singer, mostly funny stuff, I still write parodies, but occasionally something deadly serious as a contrast, the clown always wants to play Hamlet!
Love the site, and find the people great fun. Nice to find out where I'm talking too.

FC (aka Brian Quinn)


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: em gunyou halaas
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 02:40 PM

I'm from NYC (Minneapolis originally). I sing and sometimes fight with various instruments. Ken Schatz found me and brought me to the Folk Side. I'm an actor by trade.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Amanda Plain and Tall
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 03:08 PM

I also live in NYC - was born in New Brunswick, Canada, grew up in Ontario, moved to North Carolina at 14 and bounced around the county abit, acting and things until I landed in New York. I ran into Lorcan (InOBU) at Quaker meeting, and started singing with him- he pointed me here when I was looking for some lyrics.

As for me, I'm 21, (nearly 22!) and sing, though I'm learning other noisemakers on the sly when my roommates aren't home.

You all seem like a lively bunch, and I'm glad to be here!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Dec 04 - 03:18 PM

Post to Profiles and keep 'em updated!!!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: 12string growler
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 02:12 PM

Me and my daughter, Tutti Flutey hail from a village about 35 miles north of the "roman" city of Lincoln in England. We both play in the Rosianna Ceilidh Band with Old Grisly and Banjo Flower and a couple of non-catters. We mostly play English country dance music, with a splash of Irish, Scottish and American. Some of it trad and some contemporary.


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 May 10 - 08:01 AM

refresh!


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rowan
Date: 16 May 10 - 11:52 PM

I joined after the thread had died and before Sandra did a Lazarus on it. I was from Melbourne before I became a New Englander (the "other" New England, centred on 31°30'S, 151°30'E). I started off singing a bit and like unaccompanied harmony (as it used to be called) but got waylaid by a lagerphone and then seduced by the leather ferret. It's what I mainly play these days but I'll use melodeons for old time dances and mouth organs for special accompaniments. Having inherited a fiddle and a banjo I'll have a try at them. Daughter #1 (who has just finished high school) is into piano, although ukelele has sidetracked her a bit, and Daughter #2 is a demon on most sizes of recorder. They've both ripped much of my CD collection (which is rather eclectic) and, when I retrieve the turntable from storage, I guess they'll rip the vinyl (even more eclectic) as well. One day I might be able to get one (or both) of them to teach me how to read and (introducing a completely nonmusical touch) to use a sewing machine.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 May 10 - 02:14 AM

can write but can't read?

if you head either to Tamworth or Sydney, JennieG or I could teach you to use a sewing machine!

sandra


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Subject: RE: Where are the new folk 'cats from?
From: Rowan
Date: 17 May 10 - 06:25 PM

Tuition from the serious experts?

How could I possibly turn down such an offer?

It wasn't until I read "Generations" (a great book on gendered patterns of inheritance that concentrated on what mothers passed to their daughters, and why) that I realised why my mother, a seriously great seamstress and knitter, had always refused to let me anywhere near her Singer. I tried to learn on the machine at Mawson (where we used to make dog harnesses from lamp wicking) but kept breaking needles. SIgh!

Cheers, Rowan


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