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Subject: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 06:30 PM

I've been working on a one man band book for a year and a half now. It's been going quite well and I have over 700 OMBs being mentioned or written about. I've posted on several relevant threads here and have found quite a few interesting posts and comments relating to the genre. I just thought maybe I'd try starting a thread specific to the genre as it relates to the book and see if I got any new names, interesting stories, info about guys I've been having a hard time finding stuff on etc.

Here are several names I'm short on info on: Kenny Sorensen, Jim Pizza, St Tropez Pete, Uncle Ray, Jim Franklin, Dog Man (UK OMB busks with his singing dog), Caroline Francis, Phil De Glass and Pete McGettigen or Maginigan (spelling?) and Cat Weasel to name but a few.

Does anyone have access to recordings by Joe Barrick, Panhandle Pete, Arthur Griffiths, Albert Bergerault, to name a few?

Any good stories are welcomed about any OMBs.

I desperately need photos of OMBs, especially the vintage ones. I can't just go online and use anything I find, I need permission and photographer credit. I say this because a lot of people say "Just go on google, there are lots there". It's a legal issue. So private photos are best, from people's private collections, whatever.
The main artists I'm concerned with are: Jesse Fuller, Dr Ross, Joe Hill Louis, Drifting Slim, Papa Lightfoot, Juke Boy Bonner, Wilbert Harrison, Duster Bennett, J.D. Short, Blind Joe Hill, Frank Frost, Abner Jay, Hasil Adkins, Arthur Griffiths, Don Partridge, Des Bader, Shaky Jake (British OMB, not American blues guy), Alan Young, mostly earlier guys. However any photos are welcomed and will be credited appropriately.

Okay, I guess I've made my pleas! Please do help, if you can. I hope to finish this in the new year so don't wait. Thanks a lot. I hope to hear from lots of you. Let's face it, we've all seen a one man band or two, right?

My email (for photos) is slimchance@shaw.ca Thanks!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Effsee
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 10:37 PM

You ever heard of Mike Whelans?


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Effsee
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 10:46 PM

Sorry, Mike Whellans... http://mikewhellans.com/


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 11:47 PM

Thanks. Yeah I've got Mike Whellans, Ray Stubbs, Eddie Martin, Jet Martin, Dollar Bill...the UK blues scene is fairly well in hand, I think...but one never really knows either, so thanks. I have a list (a bit out of date but not too bad) at myspace.com/daveharrisonemanband
In fact I'll go try to update it right now!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 12:31 AM

Here's the list so far. There may be a few in the wrong era or whatever but this is up to date as far as I can remember (I may have the odd name in my Youtube favourites - my channel is DslimHarris - that hasn't made it onto the list yet but not many) It's a lot to digest but if you have a name check the list, if you have the patience!

Early history:
                   Pipe & Tabor (Br), Richard Tarlton (Br), Much Ado About Nothing (Br), Man who played Nine Instruments (Sp), Madrid Bandola Prodigy (Sp), Calconi's Italian Musician (It), 1840's London Fiddle and Bells OMB (Br), "Band in Himself", Leavenworth OMB, Foggy Jones OMB, Charles Wallace Jacob Johnson, W.C. Williams, Raymond M, Whitby OMB, Roy Gardner, Daddy Stovepipe, Stovepipe #1, Baby Ruth, Fate Norris, George Reneau, Ernest Thompson, Walter Peterson, Henry Whitter, Charles Oaks, Tex Williams, George Daniel, M M Ware, Jim Garner, Fred Smith, Wilbur Sweatman, Vick Hyde, Virtuoso Violinsky, Paul Seminole, Slim Gaillard, Gus Cannon, Henry Thomas, Ben Curry (Bogus Ben Covington), John Henry Howard, Panhandle Pete, hurdy gurdy, stump fiddle, boombass and Benny Dougal, Albert Nelson, Gwen Foster, Chovie Hill, Buster Ezell, Smiley Burnette, Sammy Brown, Albert Bergerault (Fr), Vince "Blue" Mondi, T Marvin Hatley, Professor W.H. McMillan,

1950's
          Jesse Fuller, John "Paul" Blackman, Abner Jay, Joe Hill Louis, Dr Ross, Harmonica Frank Floyd, Man at door of Westminster Abbey (Br), Arthur Griffiths (Br), Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller), Washboard Willie, Hasil Adkins, Robert Nighthawk, Frank Frost, Willie Love, Willie Nix, Slim Harpo, Rex Champagne, Gray Montgomery, Tommy Bankhead, Lone Wolf, John Codona (Scot), Greeley Robertson, Boyd's Solo Band, Larry Bryant, George "Tom" Newman (Br), Drifting Johnny Miller, Archie Stephens, Bill Agate (Br),

1960's/70's
                Juke Boy Bonner, Wilbert Harrison, JD Short, Drifting Slim, Duster Bennett (Br), Don Partridge (Br), Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Papa Lightfoot, John Hammond, Blind Joe Hill, Joe Barrick, Ray Stubbs (Br), Chucklefoot (Br), Bert, Eddie Nash, John Schmitt, Robert "One Man" Johnson, Dan The Man The OMB (Can), Clate Cooper, Stompin' Tom Connors (Can), John Hartford, Tim Williams (Can), Leonard Solomon, Des Bader (Pol/EGer), Jim Pizza (Nor), Kenny Sorensen (Can), Schrotti (Ger), Scotty (Br), Gordon Rhymes (Br), Shaky Jake (Br), Walter Tore's Spontobeat, Bill Jenkins, Mike Griggs (Br), Jon Ware (Br), Cyril Lefevre (Fr), Johnny Magoo (Ire), Popeye, William Roof,

1980's
          Frank Runaud, Homer Henderson, Paul Moore (Br), Patrick Hazell, Mike Whellans (Scot), Buskin Chris (Ger), Gee Gee Kettel (Ger), Vic Ellis (Br), Charles Kelly, Chris Smither, Jimmy Lee Robinson, Jerry Paquette (Can), Haskel May, Sterling Magee (Satan), Jessie Mae Hemphill, Hezekiah Early, John Weston, Jimmy Jimmy (Astlia), Bernard M Snyder (Ger), Glen Nichols, Saint Tropez Pete, Moti (Isrl), Pretty Richard, Little Joe, Scottish Craig, Bill Johnson, Jim Franklin, Lindsay Porteous (Scot), Otto (Ger) & Barnelli (Ger), Slippery Mike (Peter Comber Ger), Bang On Boogie Band (Mark Hamilton Scot), Bobby Brown, Lawrence Glaister, John Greet (Astrlia), Big John, Blues Myth (Astrlia), Gerry Nelson (Astrlia), Larry from Tenn, Washboard Slim, The Straniero (It), Lightnin' Wells, Mr Boom from the Moon (Scot), Buddy OMB (Br), Michael Jerome Browne (Can), Harry Manx (Can), Pete Moser (Br), Uncle Ray, Dale Brooks, Pete McGettigan (Ire), Gerry Stanhope, Jonathan Rouveral, Jerry Klinger (Austrlia), REmy Bricka (Fr), Cyril Lefevre (Fr), Smiley Bates (Can), Oliver Vardy (Can), Don Davis, Rory Blackwell (Brit), Gerry Bole (UK), Penguin Orchestra (UK), Bad Timing Bobby (UK), Tony Ballance (Ire), Dr GoodTime (Ger), Rob Grey (UK), Bill Brookman (UK), Colonel Custard (UK), Jakes Rodrigues (UK), Miller (UK), Cat Bed George (UK), Cat Weasel (UK), Andy Graham, Alexander Zoltan (Cz), Jimmy Lynch (Br), Mississippi Mike (Nl), Ian Rich (UK), Allan Welford (UK), A Frank Willis (Can),      

1990's
         Eric Royer, Bob Log 111, Dave Harris (Can), Woody's OMB (Br), King Louie, Bo Mooney, Diane Primeau (Can), Marc Bristol, Steve White, Tampico, Benjamin Tehoval (It), Scott Hall, Big OMB, Mayor McCa (Can), Richard Johnston, Skip Jensen (Astrlia), Ben Arnold, Clyde Casey, Greg Chapman, Mak Dervo, Dr Musikus (Ger), Ed Durbrow (Jap), The Flying Dutchman, Pete Gray, Larry Horton, Pete Isaacs, Jingles OMB (Austrlia), Keith Walsh Experience, Margaret Dollrod, Jeff Masin, George McAnthony, Mysterious Asthmatic Avenger (Fr), Frank Pahl, Pug, Ron The Piper, Marty Rose, Alan Rowe (Astrlia), Roy The Amazing OMB, Rudy The OMB, Tom's OMB, Tom Todd, Bobby Welles, Joe West, Washboard Hank (Can), Band of Ones, Hubert Kern (Ger), Funny Tombow (Jap), Professor Gizmo, John Schooley, Dan The OMB (Can), Phillip Roebuck, Jeff Martin, Jord Peck, Scott Dunbar (Can), Paul Oscher, David Skunk, Johnny Lowebow, Reverend Deadeye, Caveman, Matt Kurz, David Holt, Peter Joseph Paul, Michael Pickett (Can), WC Spencer, Adolphus Bell, Bobby Joe Neely, Blues Boy Jag, Marc Twymans, Alan Gerber (Can), Pete and Andrea O'Connell (Can), Sylvain Chiasson (Can), Lonesome Organist, Bob London, Woody The OMB (Br), Orchestra Man or Dog Man (Br), Terry Givens, Rev KM Williams, Gigika (Fr), Mike Marriott, Tommy Tolleson, Professor Paddy Whack, old Walter (Ger), Olli Eitel (Ger), Hai-Co (Ger), Treffi OWB (Ger/It), Romuald Poplonyk (Pol), Nick the OMB (UK), Mick the OMB (UK), Little Billy (UK), Scots Danny (Scot), Russ Rosser, Arthur Nakane, Delta Dave, Kevin Doherty, Crazy Dave, Little JC Bovard (Fr), Phil de Glass, Urban & Urban, Halfway to Nowhere, Frank's OMB (Pol), Gypsy Carns, Tommy Gee's The Old Fashioned OMB, Pepi Rottensteiner (Aust), Seamus Professor Fulchieri,   

2000 to Present
          Nikolaj Andersen (Den), Frank Plagge (Ger), Rizorkestra, Ben Prestage, Eddie Martin (Br), Jet Martin (Celmins) (Br), Pete Yorko, Stacy Puckett, Xavier Rudd (Astlia), Guy Roel (Fr), Becky Lee & Drunkfoot, Pete Farmer, Molly Gene One Whoaman Band, Rocket Craig, Bloodshot Bill (Can), Mark Simpson, Bill Abel, Terry Harmonica Bean, 19th Street Red, John Alex Mason, Smokestack & The Foothill Fury, Red Mouth, Right On John, Rollie Tussing, One Man Banjo, Al Foul, Lonesome Joseph, Mississippi John Doude, Toothless George, Mr Bonz PMB (Fr), Chuck Violence, Haunted George, Sachtrash, Fredovitch OMB (Fr), Bram Riddlebarger, Trainwreck Washington, Ghostwriter, Esmeralda Strange, J Marinelli, Long Boy Larsen (Den), Mississippi Grover, Twang Tango, The Slow Poisoner, Stringybark McDowell, El Paso Hot Button, Guitar Fucker, Reverend Beat-Man (Switz), King Automatic, Ottoboy the OM Trash Band, Reverend J Brennan, Feeling Of Love, Urban Junior, Limbs, Uncle Butcher, Junior Disorder, Scott H Biram, Almighty Do Me A Favour, Lone Bird, Mosquito Bandito, Amazing Elephant Man, One Man Hand, Johnny Cancer, Skeeter Matthews, One Man Destruction Show, Bob Bucket, Fabulous Go Go Boy (Brzl), Tim Scanlan, Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave, O Lendario Chucrobillyman (Brzl), Via Vengeance, Claude Hay (Astrlia), Juggernaut Boy, Sheriff Perkins (Fr), Legendary Tigerman, Miss Firecracker, Rob The Throb OMB, Pigmeat's OMB, The Dad Horse Experience (Ger), Honkey Finger (Br), Dennis Hopper Choppers (Br), JJ Culpepper, Thad Sand, Eric Fingers Ray, One Man Army, Amazing OMB, Sebastopol, Only Moses, Chicken Mithyc, cdub dine, Spookyman, El Monstro, Matt Mayhem, CW Ayon, Christopher of the Wolves, Swan Walker (Can), The G Man (Can), Andy Kreischer (Can), Aaron Watson (Can), Ian Bennetts (Br), Lewis Floyd Henry (Br), Slim Sandy (Can), Chuck Berger, Rusty Steamboat, Juzzie Smith (Astrlia), Kirk Special (Astrlia), Craig Dickinson (Astrlia), Phil Edgeley (Astrlia), Made for Chickens by Robots (Astrlia), Purgatory Hill, Mr Occhio, Possessed by Paul James, Paulo Gallo (It), Nathan James, Mike Cooper (Astrlia), Adam Gussow, Jim Hibbs, Germdog, Dave Goodman (Can), Dom Flemons, Matt Southon (Astrlia), Thomas Truax, Namibian OMB, Phil Wickendon (Br), Venus Fly Trap (Fr), King Clarentz, Cigo Man Band (Crtia), Curtis Blues, George Kamikawa (Jap), Felice Pantone (It), Marcus Acuaun (It), Giorgio One Man Jazz Band (It), Claudio Montuori AMI-BUZ (It), Michele Roscica (It), George vd Muziek (It), Zar OMB (It), Kent Michael, The Blues Against Youth, Gipsy Rufina, Reeks, Bella Chicco (It), One 100% Bluez Man, Maurizio Silvestri (It), Captain Tricko, Miss-ipi (It), Slim Wild Boar, Mr Orkester (Nor), OMB from Hell (Rus), Ronan (Fr), Pedro de la Hoya (Fr), Giant Mat, Rauncher Launcher, Elvis Pummel, Slin, Phillippe Menard (Fr), Shake Em, Rocco Recycle, Sonny Mat.D, Tinqui8 (Fr), The Fly & His OM Garbage (Jap), Kraftpost, Chuck Morris OMB, Johnny Dick, DERFRANZ, The Shitworker, BluesmanX, Rotor Jambreks, Ramblin Conrad (Ger), Bud McMuffin (Fr), Horst with No Name (Ger), Ben Bonham (Br), Bandaloni (Can), Egor, Ivan Holinka (Rus), Robert Lighthouse, The Flying MinMan (Ger), Duke Special, Manyfingers, Tom Rodwell, Deltahead, Zach Parrish, John Crampton, Tyo Bazz (Fr), Ted Tanner, Jeremy Barnes, Ray "Hound Dog" Fuller, Mr Olzen, Chris Jack, Leipzig OMB (Ger), Tokyo OMB Brattman (Jap), Mark Hamilton, Mango 1Man Island, Waxwing John, Miller Wise, J Boozer, Gwyn Ashton, Tongue Tied Twin (Switz), Henry Bird-Postler, Lloyd Geisness, That 1 Guy, Winko Ljizz, Ramblin Dan, One Blind Man Band, Jeff Silvertrust, Bo Baseman, Yingchao Zhang, Catfish The Bottleman (Astlia), Mojo Webb (Astrlia), Rob Berry, JawBone, Erik Fingers Ray, mcebel, Matty G, 7 Year Old OMB, Creepy V, Santiago Tamura, Willie Vanilli, Jack Starr, King Kahn & His Lonesome Guitar, BBQ (Mark Sultan), Jeffrey Novak's OMB, Trice Garner, Nervous Norvus, Lord Vapid, Rudi Kellerer (Ger), Dr Alfred Cyril Roy (India), Sam Callow, Fabio Fedra(It), Handsome Mick OMB, Trin Tran, PoopDeFlex, The Pant Hoots, Bruno Gourdo Hot Buttered Wolf, Ming Donkey OMB, Taka-Rock & OM Heartbreakers, Brother Yusef, Mahsa Matin, Wather Vun de Palz (Ger), Iguan White (Brzl), The Big Sound of Country Music O Dead MB (It), Flora Molton, Bottleneck John (Sw), Son of Dave (Br), Steve Chmilar (Can), Bradley Boy, Chad VanGaalen (Can), TD Tunstall (Scot), Birds Are Alive (Fr), Skinny Dick Jones (Fr), RJ Gauna (Arg), Petr Ritzka (Cz), Ronan/Ronan (Fr), Dirty Rotten Scumbag (Ger), Big Brother the OMB, John Butler (Austrlia), Richard Perso (Austrlia), Rocking Enocky (Jap), Paul Burden (UK), Bo Liddley, Frankfurter & the Hot Dogs, Chad Nordhoff, Jim Keyes, Jason Ray Brown, Matt Brown, Big John Musik Country OMB, Jon Wayne, Lee McWaters, Steve Riggs, The Kid OMB, Snakebite Skinner, David Walters (Fr), Rit (Fr), Nick Nicotene (Port), Jeronimo Johnson (Port), Jiri Konvrzek (Cz), Thunders Hirotomo (Jap), Eric Wells, Evan Mitchell, Night of One Sadist, Klaus Peter Till (Ger), Shane Speal, Seasick Steve, Betsy Badwater, Daniel Norgren (Sw), Kaputano Xinxeta (Sp), Eck McCanless, Mauro Ferrarese (It), Joe Buck Yourself, Subourbon Son, Philippine OMB, Siggi Capt'n Bley (Ger), Stomping Nick (NZ), Gul, Delaney Davidson (NZ), Mysterious Tapeman (NZ), Hal Walker, Keller Williams, Petit Vodo (Fr), Stew Moss, Slate Dump, Fergus, Dale Stiles, Uncle Daddy, Wolf Boy Slim, One Man Buzz!, The Space Cookie, The Big Wireman, Trash Colapso, Congo Shock, Thee Undead, I'm Bad Like Dirty Harry, Joshua Johnson, Captain Catfeesh, Archie Stevens, Jarod Bock, Keith Bennett (Can), The Haret, Mr Nipigon (Can), Pinche Gringo, King Sickabilly, Ken Fifield (Br), Dollarbill, Tony Criss, Eric Haines, Deak Harp, Reggie Miles, Chester the OMB, Lonesome Gillette, Justin Otto, Tobias Volkamer (Ger), Fruitland Jackson, Washboard Jackson, Hoodoo Man (Can), Vince Cheney, Chad Nordhoff, Jeff Norwood, Fast Eddy Wilkinson (Br), Steakmike, Chris Kena, Rene Miller (Fr), Sleepy Eyes Nelson (Scot), Squeezebox Sam Koskela, Buddy Nutt, Honey Vizer, The Lonely One Is Me, Thee Garagekid, Gomez Mescalero, Sean Bond Goon, Lt. Slam, Marc Dobson, Diggity Dave, Porch Boogie, Peter Madcat Ruth, gets longer and longer!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 10:58 AM

I've got some photos of Dave Harris.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: vectis
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 11:05 AM

Alan (woody) woodman from Brighton UK still performing


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,Joachim partridge
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 11:32 AM

Hi rod. Is lazy mick in the book.... And ask stewart about the story about,   don his father and the dog on drugs!!!!    And dont forget his friendship with the famous cornelis wresewijk   Well i got a lot of stories you may want to hear


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:06 PM

Paul Moore is on your list. He was working on a book at one time as well. You two should collaborate :-)


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:09 PM

You need to connect to the Cigar Box Nation. There are a bunch of one man band folks and information there.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:26 PM

Pretty Richard retired years ago. He had a daughter with a young Norwegian girl, who left him soon after. He raised the daughter and stayed in Norway, I hear, as a successful artist. When I saw him last, his voice was on its last legs - the same fate which overtook Miller Davidson, who was every bit as good in my book. We lost Miller, who was a personal friend, back in the nineties. I still miss him.
Little Joe died back in the mid eighties, I can't recall when. The first time I met him was in Dusseldorf Altstadt, when he played mandoline in a very loud and very effective duo with Moti. Moti is still around and you can easily locate him via Facebook.
Hermann the German is said to have died in the mid eighties. I knew him, but not well.
Mississippi Mike is one tough son of a gun. He always moans, always says he is going to pack it in, but he is always out there in all weathers giving his best. He plays superb slide guitar - and does not actually come from Mississippi - though his music certainly does. I mean tough. He had a run in with cancer a few years back - and it was the cancer that had to die. I will look back over the list and see if there is anyone else whose paths have crossed with mine. I did not notice Mike from Darmstadt on your list. He was one of the most successful. Even if your book is mainly about one man bands, there should at least be a mention of "The Buskers' Pope" - Phil Free - probably the greatest comedian ever to work the streets.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:28 PM

That should have been "Slippery Mike" from Darmstadt. He has a legendary status among buskers.
Is your "Jim Pizza" Jim Taylor, by any chance? He has been a good friend for years and I could put you in touch with him if you wished.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:31 PM

Just noticed Schrotti. He was very original and a very good technician. He came from Düsseldorf. I have not seen him since the eighties. I can't even remember his real name!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,roderick warner
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:31 PM

Hi Joachim - this is a different book about One Man Bands in general by a guy called Dave Harris - see thread start. I was doing one with your late dad and Pat Keene about how we all started out busking and Don's rise to fame (and return to the streets). Pat and I are still going on with it. I'm hoping to see Stewart when he arrives in the UK in December. Any stories about Don would be very welcome... you can mail me at rodwarner@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 02:49 PM

Big John, of The Bootleg Band, died back in the eighites of a heroin overdose. The bass player in that band, himself a very good OMB, was New Zealand John. A little misunderstanding with the Thailand authorities over the use of recreational substances caused him to spend a prolonged stay in that country. The last I heard of him he had become a disc jockey in Wellington. I have not seen Nick the One Man Band (Nick Cox) for years. The last time was back in the nineties, but he was travelling with his girls (girlfriend and young daughter) in Austria at the time. My guess is that he probably had to come off the road when his daughter reached school age. His timing as a one man band was a bit unusual, but he was a great bloke and a good entertainer.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: TheSnail
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 03:23 PM

Albert Farmer of Surrey has a couple of tracks on Boscastle Breakdown. Don't know a lot more about him.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 03:24 PM

There is a famous photo by George Rodger, for Magnum, of a man playing a metal clarinet with a drum on his back in London in the 1940s. I presume you could licence that from Magnum.

Starting from photo agencies might give you different leads - any social documentary photographer will have seen the potential of a one-man band, and their archives are pretty well organized.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,Stuart Reed
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 03:37 PM

Correction to alanabit's reference to Woody the Brighton busker (above): his surname is Wooodham.

He was Don Partridge's best buddy in his last years and was probably the last person he spoke to. If you PM me I can give you his phone number.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 04:53 PM

Thanks Stuart, but it was vectis, who mentioned him!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 05:28 PM

Wow! This is great, really great! Alanabit, can you contact me at my email and let me know your real name so I can credit you. I'd like to use several of your quotes.

I do have Alan Woodham, he's Woody The OMB, as opposed to Woody's OMB. Jimmy Jimmy gave me a lot of my info about several of the names, as did Slippery Mike. I do mention Phil Free.

Don't know Jim Pizza's real name but what I have about him is: started in late 70's/early 80's, drum on the back, American (?) busks Norway in summer, Australia in winter, featured in Norwegian doc Feel Free, still going best I know. I'd love more on him if this the guy you know alanabit.

Anyway thanks to all responses! Keep em coming!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 07:47 PM

Okay, more sleuthing turns up the fact that Lonesome Gillette is Eric Royer, great Boston area OMB with his Guitarmachine; have good piece on him.
New Zealand John was also known as Little John according to Jimmy Jimmy.
Google search for Chester the OMB just brought me back to mudcat. It's hard finding info on these characters that just have nicknames and busk for a living!!! Oh well, they'll just get mentions and I guess I shouldn't complain as the book is getting enormous!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 08:46 PM

Have you seen this discussion about John Codona from Edinburgh?

http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Uk/uk.music.folk/2008-01/msg00157.html

http://solwaynotes.blogspot.com/2008/01/john-codona-edinburghs-one-man-band.html

I think the book about the Codona family (Scotland's leading family of circus and fairground people) is now out but I can't find a reference to it on the web.

(And can I find that Rodger image? No, but I did discover the Magnum page gives you an extraordinary bunch of pictures if you just type "clarinet" in the search box).


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 08:55 PM

Thanks Jack, I'll check those out. I have a decent piece on Codona and a photo. The clarinet OMB is Arthur Griffiths. I'm not sure whether I have a photo I can use of him. Some of the older photos could be beyond copyright, I'm not an expert about this.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 08:59 PM

Yeah, Jack. I just checked, those are the two pieces I drew on for my piece on Codona. Also where I got the photo, she was very helpful. By the way, Vic Ellis has a clip of Codona playing on his web site under his origins.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 02:19 AM

Anybody know the name of the one man band in Dublin playing outside the Temple Bar, as seen on Youtube? Drum on the back, string to his hand to operate a stick on his high-hat, in his thirties, I'd guess...


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 07:01 PM

Here's the guy I've been referring to as Dog Man, busking in Cambridge UK. Anyone know of this guy? A name would be especially helpful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgdiJpUUhfA


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 07:13 PM

Not quite a one man band but just as impressive a feat of coordination - a guy who used to busk in Argyle St precinct in Glasgow in the 1990s, playing the uillean pipes along with a dancing marionette hanging off a stick (I think he worked it with a string attached to his foot). Anybody else remember him?


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 24 Nov 10 - 06:24 PM

Interesting Jack, but not what I need really.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 28 Nov 10 - 04:59 PM

Anyone know what the copyright restrictions/rules are concerning using reproductions of LP/CD covers are?


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 29 Nov 10 - 06:23 AM

If you use a photograph or piece of artwork from a book or album sleeve or wherever. Then the copyright is owned by the photographer or artist or the company that might have commissioned the original work. Copying the work without permission or payment is theft.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 02 Dec 10 - 08:00 PM

Are all photos copyrighted? Do copyrights expire ie what about old photos? I know that photos get sold to others ie buy up the copyright. How does one trace the copyrights? I have lots of questions about this whole area. Can't really afford a copyright lawyer, please help, if you know. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Dec 10 - 08:19 PM

Talk to a publisher. You won't sort all this out on your own, it's insanely complicated. Published photos and unpublished ones in archives and personal collections have completely different rules, for a start.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Bobert
Date: 02 Dec 10 - 08:22 PM

First of all, I do some OMB... Play various electric and stringed instruments, sing and play kick drum, snare, high hat and assorted other percussion beaters with my feet and legs...

But the two best OMBs in the US are Ben Prestage and Richard Johnston... Look 'um up... They are the shits when it comes to OMB... Hey, not that I can't get it goin' but these two guys have set the bar!!!

Google 'um up and see for yourself...

B~ (Alias Sidewalk Bob, OMB)


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Mark Ross
Date: 02 Dec 10 - 09:46 PM

Check out Erik Ray. He lives in Conrad, Montana. Here's a link to a Facebook photo of him;



Erik Ray

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,ttt
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 10:46 AM

i'm in your list from 2000 to present. cheers man
here's my myspace.

http://www.myspace.com/tonguetiedtwin

if you need more info let me know.
chris


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 12:24 PM

I mean no disrespect to other OMBers (being one myself) but until ya'll have heard Ben Prestage you ain't heard the best...

B~


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 05:16 PM

Hey Bobert, I have Ben and Richard in my list, good entries done, very familiar with both, thanks. You're right, they are both excellent. I don't try to say who is best. That's too subjective for me. There are many very different and excellent OMBs out there. However thanks for your comments. Can you send more about your own OMB act? Send to daveharrisonemanband@gmail.com Thanks!

Thanks Jack for your advice concerning photos. I'm pulling my hair out about this. Almost to the point of giving up on getting vintage photos into the book at all. I have lots of modern shots so it makes it that much more important to get the earlier ones too. I'll figure it out, one way or another.

Tongue Tied Twin, yes you're in, but send a photo to the above email and a few basic details, I'll improve my entry. Thanks!

Hey Mark, Glad to see Erik Fingers Ray get a mention. Yes, I have him and he's another favorite, we've shared info and a good entry done.

Thanks to everyone for chiming in, it does help!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 06:40 PM

Will do...

Do you have Seasick Steve???

He's an American in the UK... Purdy decent...

I'll email you later...

B~


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 07:24 PM

Thanks Bobert. I do have Seasick Steve in my peripheral OMBs (he isn't a full on OMB). Please do send stuff, thanks.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 07:36 PM

Also, John Lowe is probably the most outrageous OMB out there... He actually holds his drum st5ick with his strumming/pickin' hand and can play a drum with it!!! No shit!!!

Okay, John sometimes just get overwhelmed with it all but when he's got it going, it's going...

BTW, he is also the inventor of the Lowebow, a cigar box cross between a fretless geetar and a diddly-bow... I have one of his and can play the hound out of it...

B~


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 07:40 PM

Yeah, I've been in contact with John and have a good piece on him too. Thanks. If you think of names just quickly (ha ha) check the list at the beginning of this post. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Dec 10 - 10:16 PM

LOL... I'm so lexdexic that ain't no way I can read them names... lol...

But go ahead and put me on yer USA list... I mean, I can hang with the best of them if yer into Mississippi Hill Country Blues in the steps or R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell...

...'cept with ol' white boy country attitude in the mix... I mean, if anyone cares about style of music???

B~


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 04 Dec 10 - 06:31 AM

Okay send me some bio stuff, link to any video or audio. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: s&r
Date: 04 Dec 10 - 06:50 AM

COntact Chris Bell at Fylde Folk Festival. She will put you in touch with Carolyn Francis (Fiddling Green Jig Machine, Striding Edge.

Stu


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: DHonemanband
Date: 04 Dec 10 - 05:08 PM

Thanks Stu, I'm on the trail.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,eliza
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 11:33 AM

there is MIKE MARRIOTT in your list, I think it is the One-Man-Band from UK. If you need photo of him, just write me to: eliza_1947@yahoo.de.

regards
eliza


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,Keith Walsh
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 01:51 AM

The Keith Walsh Experience (o.m.b.) is alive and well in LA! I've put up a few lo-fi videos on YouTube and Myspace lately.

Quite an amazing list of bands you have here, it's important!
--Keith Walsh


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,Yingchao Zhang
Date: 06 May 11 - 11:31 PM

Thanks for finding me and include my name in your one-man-band list!

Yingchao


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,Yingchao Zhang
Date: 06 May 11 - 11:35 PM

You can find a couple of live performance of my one-man-band from my youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/yingchaozhang#p/u


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: alanabit
Date: 07 May 11 - 04:28 AM

Or you can find Yingchao by clicking here.


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST,The Slow Poisoner
Date: 24 May 11 - 08:30 PM

I've been OMB'ing since '05, here's some info:
http://www.theslowpoisoner.com
Gimme a holller if you need anything!


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 03:38 AM

www.scotthallonemanband.com


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Subject: RE: One Man Band Book in preparation stage
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Nov 12 - 06:11 PM

I played a one man band from 1982 till '1990. From Soho, Leicester Square, Portobello Road Market, Petticoat Lane Market,Camden Lock,Kingston, Paris, South of France, Switzerland, Italy , Holland,Denmark,Sweden, Belgium, all over Germany,Sydney Australia,etc. Some called me "Crazy Eddy" some "Fast Eddy". I've got some pics on my Myspace and Facebook. To connect go to my home page. www.fasteddysblueband.de                      Go on myspace link and look at "Old busking photos" I knew many of the one man bands who were alive and kicking on the busking road in England and Europe during the years 1970 and 1990.If you need any info ,let me know. Cheers Eddy


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