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Banjo music in Toronto

GUEST,Arnie Naiman 15 Apr 00 - 10:21 AM
JedMarum 15 Apr 00 - 01:22 PM
sophocleese 23 Apr 00 - 09:41 AM
Rick Fielding 23 Apr 00 - 12:34 PM
black walnut 23 Apr 00 - 07:08 PM
Little Neophyte 23 Apr 00 - 08:54 PM
black walnut 23 Apr 00 - 09:23 PM
Little Neophyte 23 Apr 00 - 10:38 PM
Rick Fielding 23 Apr 00 - 11:01 PM
black walnut 24 Apr 00 - 08:42 AM
Rick Fielding 24 Apr 00 - 11:33 AM
GUEST,Rana 24 Apr 00 - 11:42 AM
Little Neophyte 25 Apr 00 - 11:31 AM
Crowhugger 25 Apr 00 - 12:33 PM
GUEST,Steve Latimer 25 Apr 00 - 01:00 PM
black walnut 25 Apr 00 - 02:16 PM
GUEST,Arnie 26 Apr 00 - 09:00 AM
black walnut 28 Apr 00 - 03:37 PM
black walnut 28 Apr 00 - 07:06 PM
GUEST,flattop 28 Apr 00 - 09:25 PM
Little Neophyte 28 Apr 00 - 10:13 PM
Rick Fielding 28 Apr 00 - 10:47 PM
GUEST,flattop 29 Apr 00 - 07:41 AM
Tony Burns 29 Apr 00 - 06:24 PM
Crowhugger 30 Apr 00 - 12:40 AM
Little Neophyte 30 Apr 00 - 07:28 AM
Rana 30 Apr 00 - 09:14 AM
GUEST,Arnie 30 Apr 00 - 10:24 AM
black walnut 30 Apr 00 - 07:27 PM
Peter T. 30 Apr 00 - 09:09 PM
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Subject: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,Arnie Naiman
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 10:21 AM

Up in Canada banjo music is going gangbusters - no kidding, Rick Fielding will tell ya that his phone rings non stop with folks who are seeking his teaching skills on the BANJO! So crank up your car and come over here to our banjo concert. Arnie Naiman and Chris Coole Are Celebrating the release of their new recording! 5 Strings Attached ~ Volume 2

Join us at our CD RELEASE CONCERT !

Where: The Tranzac Club: 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto When: Saturday April 29th. 8:00 p.m.

Continuing from where they left off with their well received previous CD "5 Strings Attached With No Backing", they have once again joined forces to produce this second collection of songs and tunes which consist of both original compositions, and renditions of traditional gems with good listening from start to finish -24 tracks in all! Incorporating what they have learned in style and technique from traditional players, and utilizing the dynamics of various tunings and rhythms, the focus of the recording remains the beauty of sound created on the open back banjo.

(If you'd like to get a CD email me at ragged@interlog.com, or better still - come to our concert!)


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: JedMarum
Date: 15 Apr 00 - 01:22 PM

Sounds like fun. I wish I could go. Good luck with the release concert and with the CD!


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: sophocleese
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 09:41 AM

Refresh. I enjoyed hearing the banjo at the Newmarket Main Street Folk and Blues Festival in February. I can't make it into Toronto that night but I'm sure it will be a blast for those who can.


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 12:34 PM

Arnie and Chris are top-notch.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 07:08 PM

ditto.


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 08:54 PM

Well I have Arnie & Chris' CD 5 Strings Attached With No Backing and these boys are exceptionally skilled and 'hot'(as they say in banjo talk).

From what I understand Chris Coole plays and sings in the bluegrass band called the "One Horse Town" and is also Toronto's most noted old time banjo busker.

Arnie Naiman and Kathy Reid-Naiman play a variety of instruments and songs as a duo called "Ragged but Right" Kathy Reid also plays guitar on this CD. She is a children's musician and currently has two recordings available on Merriweather Records.
They are all members of "The Extraordinary Stringband" and often play music for old time country dances in the Toronto area.

I like what Arnie says on the back of his CD cover "playing the banjo can have serious consequences"
I am beginning to understand this myself. But they are very good consequences.

This will sure be a worthwhile concert to see.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 09:23 PM

(....maybe we should meet for coffee before the concert, neo. there's a 2nd cup around the corner!

~b.w.)


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 10:38 PM

That sounds like a lovely idea black walnut but don't mind me if I smuggle in some Starbucks in a 2nd Cup Thermo-mug.
How will I recognize you? Do you really look like a black walnut?

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 23 Apr 00 - 11:01 PM

Holy Cow, as I live and breathe the ubiquitous Chris Coole (don't worry...he doesn't know what it means either!) has just knocked on the door with a copy of the new album. So here he is...in the "flesh" (and it's not a pretty sight I'll tell ya) I haven't heard it yet, but these guys are fine musicians and I expect it to be excellent. I'll play a couple of cuts on the radio show tommorow night and if at all possible be at the Tranzac on Saturday.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 24 Apr 00 - 08:42 AM

neo and i apologize for turning this into another coffee thread.

don't we, neo?!

(psssst.....expect personal message soon).

~black walnut who doesn't look like one but whose harp and dulcimer are made therewith


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 24 Apr 00 - 11:33 AM

The album's LUVERLY! Great banjo(s) and nice singing. It's bound to go "Ceramic!" Nice job Arnie and Chris.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,Rana
Date: 24 Apr 00 - 11:42 AM

Looking forward to hearing the stuff at the release at the Flying Cloud Folk Club (at the TRANZAC) on Saturday. (Shameless minor correction - though TRANZAC and Cloud seem to have become interchangeable).

Trust I'll be able to meet some local mudcatters who I haven't actually met there.

I should be easy to recognise - beard and glasses, (oops - probably describes 35% of audience) - will add "of (East) Indian heritage with English accent"

Also will point out, venue is non-smoking (smokers can retire to Southern Cross bar which is separated by 2 doors), kids are welcome and if they are 12 or under there is no charge (loose definition of age), and a good time should be had by all.

Cheers Rana


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 11:31 AM

Hey black walnut, did you get the personal message I sent you yesterday?

This is thread related guys. We are discussing Arnie & Chris' concert in private.
Plus, I think it is time to volley this up coming show announcement back onto the thread court.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Crowhugger
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 12:33 PM

So, Little Neo, black walnut, Rick, you gonna be there? I'm gonna re-schedule a rehearsal (or back out entirely -- too religious for my soul anyhow) for this one. Sounds like a can't-be-missed! Good medicine for a healing mouse-and-tennis elbow... Maybe Mom'll be in town, too, and you can meet her.

Dearie me. I don't have a Mudcat t-shirt, and I won't be carrying my cello, and I don't think "drooling" will single me (or LN) out of this crowd. So who's gonna get Arnie & Chris to ask how many of those present frequent the Mudcat so we can find each other?

S&D,
CH


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 01:00 PM

Heard a couple of tracks from the CD on Rick's show last night. Very nice. The banjo can be such a melodic instrument, as was evidenced by the first tune they played. Would have liked to hear a lot more playing and a lot less politics (sorry Rick, I can be a bit liberal, but that guy was left of Santa Claus).

I might add that Mr. Fielding did a very nice job on the five-sting himself. I wish I could attend on Saturday, I would really like to hear these fellows live. Unfortunately I have a family commitment.


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 25 Apr 00 - 02:16 PM

what we need is a mudcat flamingo to put on a front table.

we'll work it out, crow.
yup, neo. check the personals.

arnie and chris, are you getting all this down?
your fan club is growing by leaps and bounds!

~'nut


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,Arnie
Date: 26 Apr 00 - 09:00 AM

Of course I expect all the Mudcat banjo fanatics to be sitting around the pink flamingo in full force! Chris & I will be playing songs and tunes both fron the new and the old CD, plus some unrecorded songs and tunes. Kathy Reid, and ohter musicians will be joining us at various times. It should be lots of fun - so we'll see you there!


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 28 Apr 00 - 03:37 PM

we're having a little trouble locating a pink flamingo here in mid-toronto.

please look for a reasonable substitute if a flamingo cannot be found in time. suggestions would be appreciated.

~'nut


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 28 Apr 00 - 07:06 PM

what i meant to say is,

"we are looking for a reasonable substitute."

(perhaps if we all carried our keyboards and mouses.....)

~'nut


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,flattop
Date: 28 Apr 00 - 09:25 PM

Oh, Susanna, oh don't you cry for me For I come from Alabama with my banjo on my Neophyte

That would be a trip. Actually, it would be her banjo but the truth shouldn't interfere with a lyric or a story idea. Should it?


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 28 Apr 00 - 10:13 PM

Very creative thinking there flattop
Maybe Susanna is crying because she is jealous that you are coming with me.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 28 Apr 00 - 10:47 PM

I'm going to try and get there.

Steve, my once a year guest, Barry weisledder is to the left of Marx, Lenin, Engels, Billy Bragg and INOBU, all put together. He edits the Socialist Action Newspaper, which is "Trotskyite" in it's views. Oddly enough the other "guest" who dropped in - author, cabdriver, and boxing expert, Peter McSherry, is perhaps the most RIGHT WING friend I have. I was tempted to lead them into a debate, but thought better of it. They'd go the full ten rounds!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,flattop
Date: 29 Apr 00 - 07:41 AM

Hardly creative, Little Knees. I was just quoting Stephen Foster. He lies a lot. He's never been black, he never traveled to the south, never went south of Philidelphia I believe, and I doubt that he'll show up for coffee tonight. Sorry to break the bad news. Susanna can calm down.


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Tony Burns
Date: 29 Apr 00 - 06:24 PM

The day is saved!

Not a flamingo but I hope y'all will like what I've come up with. Be there tonight and see the debut.


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Crowhugger
Date: 30 Apr 00 - 12:40 AM

A lovely Mudquacker, Tony. Looked just like a flamingo with its head in the sand.

Great concert...gotta go practise!

Singing & dancing,
CH.


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 30 Apr 00 - 07:28 AM

Tony, thank you kindly for making that Mudcat Wood Mallard center piece for us Catters to find each other. Although I wish I had asked you if I could have taken it home. Was the lucky person chosen from a number under one of our seat? Oh well, maybe next time.

It was a pleasure to meet black walnut, her husband Bill and her friend Jeff. I also got to meet Rana and had the pleasure of sitting beside Tony.
Growhugger, it was nice to finally meet your mom who I have heard so much about. You are fortunate to have such a good friend as a mom.

Well the evening was a real treat. Arnie & Chris were such an inspiration for me.

I will create a new thread for their concert review.
Keep an eye out for it.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Rana
Date: 30 Apr 00 - 09:14 AM

Listening to Jeff Goodes program (Fresh Air) on CBC radio one this Sunday morning when he played a track at about 8:20 from the new album. Arnie had said he hadn't sent a copy to Fresh Air - so either Jeff found it himself or Arnie/Chris sent it and forgot. Anyway it was good to hear the track on what is a great morning program. Now only if the CBC would drop MetroMorning and replace it with more intelligent programming, but that's another subject.

Nice meeting Mudcatters I hadn't met before, by the way.

Rana


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: GUEST,Arnie
Date: 30 Apr 00 - 10:24 AM

What a sight to behold - The Mudcat Table! Thanks for coming out for a few hours of banjo music - had a great time playing all those tunes with Chris -what a musician!


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: black walnut
Date: 30 Apr 00 - 07:27 PM

just adding to the list of mudquackers and who were at the table last night....aida, balladeer (and balladeer's spouse). great to be with you ALL!

a friend d. popped by, and when he saw the mudquack, inquired about the mudcat, and so he might join too....

~'nut


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Subject: RE: Banjo music in Toronto
From: Peter T.
Date: 30 Apr 00 - 09:09 PM

You are right (left) about Barry Weisledder -- I bit my tongue a number of times, especially about the Clarity Act as a fundamental threat to Canadian democracy -- I have a friend in the NDP Quebec inner circle, and even she thinks the whole thing is pretty ridiculous. It is interesting that for a guy who is in the Substitute Teachers Brigade he is so pro-union when the main Teacher's Union totally screwed the Substitute Teachers last year to save their own skins. (I am pro-union most of the time, but that was not their finest hour.)
yours, Peter T.
P.S. Sorry I missed the concert, sounds like fun.


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