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Occupation: retired

Gender: Male

Age: 67

My Instruments:
Irish Tenor banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Ali Bain

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Created 9/2/2009
Last Visit 1/13/2015


Returned to the sessions

Saturday, January 21, 2012 @12:13:44 AM

As a veteran racing cyclist specializing in time trials I have not been getting out to play my fiddle for the past 10 years or so, though I have kept up a bit of practice at home. Any way on Boxing day at the end of last year I cycled out to a local hostelry where there was some morris dancing taking place. Well besides the dancing that was going on outside there was a session commencing inside the pub, this rekindled my desire to play again. An old friend of mine from way back was there and he told me of a fortnightly session in my home town of Barnsley here in the UK. Well once the Christmas holiday was over I called in to see what was played etc, I took my fiddle with me, and I am glad that I did because most of the tunes that they played, I knew and fitted in straight away. I enjoyed it so much it will, from now on, be an integral part of my life.

 Update on returning to the fold. I have been to every session there since I first went and also joined in a session at a Barnsley town centre public house. On Monday at the club the had a guest group on and the were brilliant. the fiidle player was exceptional, Details on the band are here.!/boweavil 

 I am really enjoying it all, learnng new tunes and my playing is at last improving a bit, I think.

I always seem to be practicing alone, then I found this link to a virtual session   the start is a bit quick, so once you click it's away before you get the bow to the fiddle, but it's good fun playing along. might even improve my timing.

9 comments on “Returned to the sessions”

Rene Says:
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @6:26:02 AM

way to start the new year..fiddle on
boxbow Says:
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @6:41:50 AM

Everything old is new again!
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @10:49:58 PM

richdissmore Says:
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @7:35:02 AM

hello we have a bike raceing track in kenosha wisconsin its a clay ovel track racers come from all over to race its free to the public. as a young man i tryed to race my legs are to short to get a high speed .they use the condom tire very thin they pump them up to 100 p.s.i. if they hit a small stone they go off like a shot and twist the rim they race sprint,5milers and 25 miles team race, man,woman and stock bike race they race at speed of 35 or more mp.
TopCat Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 @4:46:02 AM

Hey Alan, thanks for the comment on my blog. Reading your update I think we were both in the same room on Monday night! I came to the "slow"(!) jam, folk club etc and was sitting in the corner next to Baz. I will look out for you next time I make it over there. Cheers, Maria
crazyace Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 @6:15:34 AM

I didn't know that was you "TopCat" You sang a couple of songs with guitar if I am right, yes??
TopCat Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 @2:28:31 PM

Yes, that was me, I was a bit nervous as I haven't really been in a folk club environment before, only sung in sessions. But everyone was very welcoming. I live quite a way away but hope to get back over to another folk/acoustic night there at some point.
TopCat Says:
Thursday, March 1, 2012 @2:30:33 PM

Also meant to mention that I made a special effort to come as I saw Bo Weavil were playing and I know Dom (the fiddler) and Lee (banjo) from the bluegrass/old time session over in Mossley, Saddleworth. Dom is a great fiddle player, isn't he? Cheers, M
crazyace Says:
Friday, March 2, 2012 @6:25:32 AM

Well I usually leave after the session finishes but stayed late because they were on. Dom is brilliant. I shall be watching out for when they are in our area again;

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