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Playing Since: 1971
Experience Level: Purty Good

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Occupation: performer

Gender: Male
Age: 61

My Instruments:
I mainly play on a fiddle I picked up in China for 500 dollars.
Bought it from the builder in Shanghai, and it has a beautiful sound, and a one peice back...the street in Shanghai is loaded with Violin shops, some are builders other just factory violins...what a great street!!!! I will go back there someday, I talked down the price from 1000 to 500 dollars, without saying a word!!!
I do my trick fiddle shows with a cheap german violin that I painted yellow! I needed a violin that I could abuse.
I also have my grandfathers fiddle which is being repaired at this time, it is a John Juzek violin made in 1929, given to him by a man that he took in off the streets that was sick, when he gained his strengh and got back on his feet, he brought my Grandpa this fiddle, he played it for him " Classical style" and handed it over to him with a thanks for saving my life. I never met my grandfather, he and my grandmother had 18 children, and when I was 14 my grandmother gave me the fiddle and said that he would have wanted me to have it.
I can't wait to play on that one again, it has been a long friend to me.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
asleep at the wheel
doug kershaw
stephane grapelli

Earl Collins

Davide Grisman
Richard Green
Mark O' Conner
Bob Wills
The Dillards
John Hartford
Byron Berline
Midori Goto

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Created 11/11/2008
Last Visit 6/13/2012

I began fiddle in 1971 at age 10 under the instruction of Bob Simpson( fiddler from the movie Zandy's Bride), at 13, changed teachers and Earl Collins became that teacher. I studied briefly with Earl until he was hospitalized and shortly after passed away. At 16 moved to Idaho from California where I played in bars in the Ketchum/SunValley area guesting with many bands. In 1987 I played in a band that opened for the New Riders of the Purple Sage on their Hawaii tour. John Dawson, saw we had a fiddle in the band and asked,"Are you going to play the Orange Blossom special?" I had planned on it...but then he said, " it is one of those things like, 'if I had a nickle for everytime we went on stage after the Orange Blossom Special...' ". For the first time I did something else, other than finish to Orange Blossom Special. Our band finished playing, and New Riders were not ready yet....so I grabbed my juggling props I had and started my own show in front of a huge audience waiting for The New Riders, (I do not think that the leader of our band was too happy about that) I finished juggling my Bow in with the juggling clubs and the crowd loved it. I left the stage, and I believe his name was Alan( last name I forget) the fiddler for New Riders passed me as he was going on the stage, and said, " Hey you could be your own warm up band!". Thanks to The New Riders of the Purple sage, I set off on my new direction! I started to do street shows, and slowly added more and more skills to my show, including trick fiddle bits. I was a featured street performer at Faneul hall in Boston and many festivals as a variety act. For the last 10 years I have worked based in Japan, sometimes performing in China, and yes, sometimes at some fairs and festivals back in the states. In 2000, I won the Kyushu street performers championship in Japan. Living in Fukuoka Japan since 1998, I have performed as a variety arts performer called Mr. Tak. also wrote, produced and directed the making of 2 books and 6 CD's that teach English as a second language. On Youtube, I have some of the original songs I have written and directed as 'pose reels'( story boards to recorded audio). There are 41 original roots music songs for Children that teach basic English vocabulary that I wrote,produced and played guitar and fiddle on, as well as some character voices. I currently still work and live in Fukuoka, Japan with my wife Masami and son 'Keaton' ( born 10/11/04).

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