Mooh, we're working on coming up. I'm booked the weekend of the guitar hero workshop/concerts, but Margaret and I were actually talking about coming to the festival as civilians this August. Gotta confirm that with her...Still keeping the Taylor and the first Santa Cruz (the spruce and koa H model), but I'm putting the Breedlove up on E-bay shortly. Hopefully before the visa bill comes in on the new guitar.
Back on the topic, a whistle playing pal here has sometimes set up gigs and asked me along. When I'm actually in the area I've usually been glad to do it. Every now and then he pulls some interesting surprises. Last gig I did with him he told me the line up would be a 17 year old champion Irish fiddler (great player indeed, have played with him before), and a celtic harper. Well, suddenly a suzuki group with three violins and a double bass show up. They spend most of the time sitting behind us (our illustrious leader said they should play along where the spirit moved them, but they were pre-teens and way out of their league). Then there were the guest singers. I usually have a policy of keeping my mouth shut on these gigs (he books them and sometimes manages to squeeze a lot of money out of the venues) since I'm just there as a sideman. I did actually opine this time that I didn't like surprises like this and will think hard about doing other gigs with him.