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The Bull At Ditchling Session

Rob Naylor 26 Sep 11 - 04:06 AM
Will Fly 26 Sep 11 - 04:32 AM
Rob Naylor 26 Sep 11 - 05:18 AM
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Subject: The Bull At Ditchling Session
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 04:06 AM

Well last night was my 4th (possibly 5th?) visit to this monthly session and every time I come away on a high!

The standard of musicianship is excellent, and the variety of songs and tunes played/sung is is fantastic. I'm only able to join in with most of the tunes at a very basic level (or not at all) at the moment, and still working on "getting my ear in" but never feel patronised that my skill level is way below that of most other participants. Everyone's very welcoming and Ian has a light touch on the MC-ing. Most of the time a tune or song just "evolves" from people twiddling around after the last one, but Ian does make sure that individuals get a chance to do a turn or lead off on a tune.

Can't wait for the next one!


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Subject: RE: The Bull At Ditchling Session
From: Will Fly
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 04:32 AM

Rob - did you count the number of instruments being played that were made by Ian? FIVE: Three guitars (mine, your and Ian's) and two mandolins (Ian's and Mike O'Shea's). And all of them sounded superb.

I suppose while I'm going on about it, I ought to do a spot of shameless promotion for the old lad: Ian Chisholm

As you say, another good night of music and friendship - plus the odd pint of Harveys bitter...


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Subject: RE: The Bull At Ditchling Session
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 05:18 AM

Yes,they're all lovely instruments. And they all have different characteristics. I get positive comments about my guitar wherever I go.

Richard Bridge of this parish was at a session I attended last week, had a go on it and was very complimentary.

And when you say "Ian's" mandolin, please bear in mind that it's actually *mine*: Ian's just "looking after it" until I can raise the funds :-) !!!

Seriously...Ian's given me first refusal on it when he comes to sell it. I love its tone and overall feel. Anyone looking for a great built-to-order instrument at a reasonable price could do far worse than to contact Ian. I can't see me ever parting with "No 30".


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