The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26894   Message #329657
Posted By: The Shambles
29-Oct-00 - 05:22 AM
Thread Name: Weird open mike etiquette
Subject: RE: Weird open mike etiquette
In the unfortunately unlikely event (for many reasons), that Doc Watson should ever wish to noodle along with me through my entire set, I would be honoured and feel blessed indeed.


I would say to him "I know that you are considered by many to be the finest exponent of that style of guitar playing and that you are also considered by some to have been the originator of that particular style". " That you may have been responsible for influencing many other fine talents, during your long and illustrious career" "A career that I would hope will continue for many long years to come".

Yes Frank, there is no doubting the considerable contribution 'The Doc' has made to popular light entertainment, over many years.

But if he should bring his own unique brand of flat-picking to a performance of mine, at a folk club where I was well known and respected and started to unpack his guitar……I would say…… "OY… WATSON…. NO!"……. "You may be considered to be an exceptional talent, where you come from, but this is a respectable neighbour hood"……. " I will not allow you to inflict you seamlessly constructed and faultlessly executed 'licks' upon this audience"……. "For there are young kiddies present and I will prevent you from corrupting their susceptible young minds by exposing them to your 'Johnny Foreigner' southern influences"………………I would say "OY… WATSON…. NO!"…..

Quite right Frank………

Apologies to Doc Watson and all those who will not be aware of these two of the many characters created in the UK, by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, in The Harry Enfield Show. Who as a result will not understand a word of the above rantings.