Since my last entry (a year and a half ago), I have moved to Peabody MA from Reading MA and have become a supervisor at work (Business-to-Business Research).
I've been playing more Cajun and less Irish music lately. Just happenstance, I guess.
I play Cajun and Zydeco on fiddle and mando with The Squeezebox Stompers.
I do some double fiddling with my buddy Herb Smooth on some Celtic stuff with the Jolly Rogues.
I play guitar and mando occasionally with the great fiddler/ fiddle educator/ all-around nice guy Dave Reiner with the Reiner Family band.
And I do an ocassional "Beatles meets Bluegrass" stint with Barry Michaud and Herb Smooth as the Breakheart Ramblers.
Last weekend, I suprised my first musical mentor banjoist Jim McCrohan of Shrewsbury MA by sitting in at one of his gigs.
I was in his band (Jug o Punch) from about 1975-1977. Jim has had the band and a steady Sunday gig at the Oldtimer Restaurant in Clinton MA for 37 years! That must be a record.
Cheers for now,
Playing Since: 1978
Experience Level: Purty Good
1907 Providence RI violin by JP Burke
Beat-up 19th Century German fiddle (favorite)
1970 Barcus Berry electric
19th German Stainer one piece back
Hank Williams, Gary Davis, Planxty, Bill Monroe, John Hurt, Doc Watson, Kenny Baker, Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor
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Last Visit 1/22/2011
Old folkie performing bluegrass, Celtic, oldtimey, blues, jug band, Cajun etc on voice, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and fiddle.
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