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Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC

Charley Noble 15 Nov 10 - 11:09 AM
Charley Noble 15 Nov 10 - 11:27 AM
Celtaddict 15 Nov 10 - 11:30 AM
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Subject: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:09 AM

I've been able to attend several of these "roots" sessions at Banjo Jim's in New York City in the past couple of years, in my periodic vists to my brother's family in Brooklyn. Ken Schatz has been coordinating them. They take place one a month on Sunday evenings from 7 to 10 pm, with the particular Sunday varying from one month to another. Usually about 30 people show up, most of them singers, and what is most extraordinary (to me!) is that most of the attendees are under the age of 30. What you hear are revival/gospel songs, old English ballads, sea shanties, some newer songs composed in traditional style, and parodies of all of the above. Ken makes sure that everyone gets a chance to lead a song or two. Instruments are also welcome but most of the songs are unaccompanied with robust choruses or refrains.

Last evening the themes were "love" and "bones" which inspired some folks to be very creative. There were at least three versions of "Oh, the Wind and Rain." Someone lead the shanty "John Francois" with it's reference to "Bonny was a warrior." Ken and Heather Wood began the session with a stirring rendition of "Dem Dry Bones."

I contributed my adaptation of the John Masefield poem "Mother Cary" which describes her taste for "young brass-bounders beefy ribbed" so she and her mate Davy Jones can dine; my second song "The Spectral Fishing Fleet" featured rusty and rotted ribs of fishing boats rather than sailors but people seemed quite appreciative and joined right in on the chorus.

I believe the next session at Banjo Jim's takes place December 7th but check first on the Facebook page for "Exceedingly Good Song Night."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, temporarily in NYC


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Subject: RE: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:27 AM

Oh, and another enduring memory of the evening has to be Alison Kelley's white poodle, which gives new meaning to "The Face on the Barroom Floor."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Celtaddict
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:30 AM

Ah, we wondered where you were; just Saturday I heard the comment, "Charlie Ipcar defines ubiquitous." Knew you had to be soaking up music somewhere, just not at Ashfield!


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Subject: RE: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:38 AM

Celtaddict-

But we'll see you at the Mystic Shanty Blast in January for sure.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Celtaddict
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:41 AM

For sure!


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Subject: RE: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Celtaddict
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:43 AM

Back to the topic, I too have attended only a couple of these but have had a wonderful time, and have been fascinated by the variety of songs inspired by the themes. I think having the theme results in people looking at their repertoire in creative ways, and also in some people learning a new song for the occasion, and the 'limitation' of the theme actually increases the diversity of the songs! Can't wait to return.


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Subject: RE: Exceedingly Good Song Night - NYC
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 03:27 PM

Jan Christianson (sp?) was there and took some photos which he sent me this morning. I've asked him to provide a link for others in this thread. It's pretty challenging to take photos at a place like Banjo Jim's but at least the photos provide some impression of what was happening.

Ken posts updates on his Facebook page; look for " Exceedingly Good Song Night" for the current chatter.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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