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Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?

Will Fly 20 May 09 - 04:17 AM
TheSnail 20 May 09 - 04:29 AM
Will Fly 20 May 09 - 04:38 AM
GUEST,LTS pretending to work 20 May 09 - 07:27 AM
Will Fly 20 May 09 - 07:49 AM
Backwoodsman 20 May 09 - 10:46 AM
Will Fly 20 May 09 - 10:55 AM
Valmai Goodyear 20 May 09 - 11:17 AM
GUEST,Russ 20 May 09 - 12:11 PM
Backwoodsman 20 May 09 - 03:34 PM
TheSnail 20 May 09 - 04:38 PM
Inukshuk 21 May 09 - 01:14 PM
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Subject: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Will Fly
Date: 20 May 09 - 04:17 AM

I'm just gearing up for playing music at the Dwyle Flunking at Lewes this coming Sunday (24th May). Having decided that the guitars are too cumbersome and too precious to haul along with the chair and (possibly) an umbrella, the question arises: is the tenor banjo or the tenor uke more appropriate for the occasion?

There will, naturally, be melodeons, another banjo and other instruments there, but I've been musing on the relative merits of banjo and uke. The banjo has more of a cutting edge in terms of sound - and more of a cutting edge if wielded to square leg - but the uke is more portable and can be concealed more easily under the jacket if I need to dash for that urgent pee at the John Harvey Tavern.

Decisions, decisions - and Valmai is abandoning this important event for some weird goings-on at Chippenham, just when she's needed...


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: TheSnail
Date: 20 May 09 - 04:29 AM

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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Will Fly
Date: 20 May 09 - 04:38 AM

You're probably right - two tenor banjos could be very unsettling. Mind you, the two people in the canoe might well be using them to paddle.


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 20 May 09 - 07:27 AM

Decide which one is the least expendable and use the other. Dwyle Flonkings can get sticky.

I'd personally go for the banjo, but purely for its square leg possibilities.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Will Fly
Date: 20 May 09 - 07:49 AM

All academic now, alas. No Dwyle Flunking music for me.

Owing to complications in the Sunday rota, I have to do an afternoon stint with Jill. She's a beautiful lady and has to be looked after.

Jill


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 20 May 09 - 10:46 AM

Isn't it 'Flonking'? (Apologies for the pedantry).
Jill is indeed beautiful - treat her gently, Will!


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Will Fly
Date: 20 May 09 - 10:55 AM

I've never flonked - or flunked - a dwyle. Bit old in the tooth - or touth - for that. But I was looking forward to seeing it all happen and playing music for it. Sigh...

On a positive note, the weather forecast for Sunday looks vile - probably better to be inside Jill than out in the open.


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 20 May 09 - 11:17 AM

As played in Lewes, it's flunking. This event is part of Cliffe Bonfire Society's Independence Day celebrations on Sunday 24th. May and will take place in Harveys Brewery Yard at 3.00 p.m. There are photos of last year's eventhere.

There is a much earlier thread on the subject (Dwyle flunking - musicians invited ) with many learned comments and interesting examples of regional variants.

Spare Parts are doing things at the Chippenham Festival that weekend, as usual.

Here is some background to the other events that day as outlined on Cliffe Bonfire Society's website:

'Sunday 24th May
Cliffe Independence Day
Bank Holiday Sunday 24th May sees this year's opportunity to lower the drawbridge and celebrate the Independence of our great kingdom of the Cliffe.

This year, however, we are planning to take over some of the precinct, as Cliffe High Street is just not big enough any more (also, Cliffe High Street probably won't be completely finished in time and the children's fair rides have to go somewhere!).

Once again South Street will be joining us both in raising money and in manning the kingdom's entrances, setting up stalls etc. This year's principal charity will be the Caburn Nursery in Ringmer. They specialise in subsidising low-income parents to allow them to send their kids to nursery and they don't receive any government grants in doing so. It's a good local cause that benefits those less well off than ourselves. St John's will be doing their usual 'being on hand, just in case', so some of our 'profits' will be shared with them too.

The usual Presidential Elections will be held on Saturday 16th May, with the first soapbox session starting at 7.30pm in the Volunteer. From there the hustings will move to the Dorset, then the Gardeners, and will end up
at the John Harvey Tavern, where campaign funds will be counted, accusations of fraud made and a President of the Cliffe elected… eventually! So come and patronise the candidates in true Cliffe Bonfire style!

On the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the following week (19th/20th/21st May) there will be a selection of talks, whisky tasting and ghost walks to support in the warm-up to Independence Day. Advertisements will be
going up in the coming months to confirm these activities so keep your eyes peeled!

On the day itself, there will be the usual activities: stalls, games, street entertainers, hog roasts, dwyle flunking, cakes, fine balmy weather (well, we've put our request in but we're leaving it for Meldrum to organise!) and of course the Ale Trail. This year, however, the Trail will include the Dorset, the Legion, Gardeners Arms, JHT and the Volunteer.

Entrance, including programme and Ale Trail, will cost £1.50 – not bad for a day's entertainment in the credit crunch!

This year our celebrations also coincide with those for the 400th birthday of Thomas Paine, without whom the French Revolutionary corps would just not be the same! We hope, therefore, to see you all out in your full regalia
to add a little je ne sais quoi to the proceedings!

Of course, we welcome everyone else in costume to add colour and excitement to the rest of the day. In the evening there will be a band and a barbeque at the JHT.

We look forward to seeing you all there having fun and enjoying yourselves!
Vive la différence!.'



Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 20 May 09 - 12:11 PM

If you want to be maximally annoying, take a banjo-uke.

Worst of both worlds.

Russ (Permanent GUEST and banjo player)


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 20 May 09 - 03:34 PM

"As played in Lewes, it's flunking."

Oh, I thought it was an ancient Lancashire pursuit! Ah well, what do I know?


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: TheSnail
Date: 20 May 09 - 04:38 PM

Under the Internatioal Rules for Dwyle Flunking, the rules, spelling and certified origins of the sport MUST be different (or, preferably, incompatible) whereever it's played.


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Subject: RE: Dwyle flunking - banjo or uke?
From: Inukshuk
Date: 21 May 09 - 01:14 PM

I was born to flunk dwyle, but alas, I live in Ontario - so far away from my heart's desire. I have the perfect instrument for flunk accompliment; a banjo mandolin made in Instanbul. Almost fits in your back pocket and it's impervious to rain, beer and urine.
Perhaps you can raise enough funds to bring me home for the championship.
Bless you all!
Inukshuk


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