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Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4

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Subject: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 01:05 PM

Going forward from the previous threadclick here, I have to tell you how inspiring it was to have Bill, Allan, Les, and Wayne get together here with me and share music. Like many of you, I am still feeling "high" on the experience, and realized how much more I could be doing with music that I have forgotten about (old time songs, playing the guitar more, etc.). Wayne came up from Jardine after the night at his house and stayed overnight here along with the rest, and yesterday, the last morning together, he sat down at my piano and played. Today I realized that it has been many years since I've played the Scott Joplin rags that I used to play every day, and I could not even remember how to start. I also could not find my book of Scott Joplin music. So, in addition to the enrichment of the time they were here, these guys have inspired me to reclaim the lost songs and tunes and to learn many more. I'm going through a bad patch of finances this year, but I'm committed to finding more time to play. It's always easy to sing while doing almost anything else (dishes, driving, the shower!) but the instruments I have allowed to gather dust. It is really easy for me to remember lyrics, but tunes fly out of my mind if I don't play them regularly.

So, here's to you, Bill and Allan and Les and Wayne (future Mudcatter) who woke up a slumbering side of my life. I'll dust off the piano, get those two sticking keys fixed, and play those ragtime songs again. Thank you.

You met Oshi, the lady with fiddle who came late and played a couple of old time tunes. We are meeting with a coffee house owner today, since the old hotel will no longer let the old time session go on there. I plan to use my house as an alternate meeting place for them in order to keep that session alive.

The journey goes onward to Big Mick. (Hi, Mick.)

Alice


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: GUEST,Peter T.
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 02:55 PM

Gee, I sort of miss the Roman numerals. It was getting to be like Rocky XII. (joke, joke, joke).THE JOURNEY CONTINUES. Oh by the way, a recent survey at Canadian customs offices at the roadsides showed that something like 7000 kilos of fish are being smuggled across the Canadian border into the U.S. by ordinary citizens every day. If you could smuggle some the other way, we would be grateful (PLEASE DON'T DO THIS. WE ARE HAVING ENOUGH TROUBLE BRIBING THE CHICKENS TO LET YOU IN ALREADY. WE HAD TO PROMISE THEM THAT NO SONGS DENIGRATING CHICKENS WOULD BE SUNG DURING YOUR STAY. THAT MEANS NO SONGS ABOUT OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, BASICALLY.).
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 03:11 PM

Mea Culpa, Peter. ( Part IV )


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 03:24 PM

Guys, you are having effects in ways you never dreamed of!

Kat's story in Part III was really wonderful as they have all been. But let me put in this side story which you might enjoy.

Kat had a song session in HearMe and I was one of the ones listening in and enjoying it along with Jeri, Meebo, and others. I am sure you noticed him, but you may not be aware that her cockatiel, Seymour/C-More, was perched close to the mic and came through very clearly at times. After about his third song/squawk/squeel, MY cockatiel began trying to answer him back. There was one period where Seymour was VERY vocal and mine was going completely batshit. Her name is Maddie and the poor girl is now suffering from unrequited love! Actually I have no idea what EITHER was saying, but Maddy really was excited!!!

You may now add "Cockatiel Matchmaker" to your list of accomplishments on this trip.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: MMario
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 04:09 PM

Why do I feel a SONG CHALLENGE coming on? Internet Romance is for the Birds? Love on the Wires?


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 04:12 PM

Dear Adventurers--

Hope you are having a wonderful time. Wish I was there. Hardiman and Praise probably will not be able to hook up with you after all.... sorry!!!!!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 04:27 PM

Peter T, you remind me of The Simpson's crack at Star Trek, being the scene from Star Trek XLVII: So Very Tired, where Scotty is crying Captain, I canna reach the controls! (Maybe you had to be there. Imagine Scotty now so fat that his arms can't reach beyond his belly...) Anyway, this is still a great trip, and I still feel honored to have had a small part in it. I hope those guys manage to come back someday! I want to hear all the stuff that didn't make it into these threads, and hear about some of the food too delicious to write about (drool gets on the keyboard, and all)...


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 05:29 PM

Well, Spaw, let me tell you, C-more is one frustrated bird...he heard the music very well and loved it, but he was looking for a lady love...too bad your Maddie wasn't mic-ed!**BG** He did get so loud, esp. when Mimosa played the harp, that I finally had Rog put his cage in the shower with the lights out and bathroom door closed. BTW, he was given to me by a piano teacher who couldn't have him because no matter what she did, when her students played, esp. Mozart, he went loud nuts!

Thanks for mentioning the HearMe...I thought it was pretty neat that Rog was able to do that..we had a long microphone cord snaking down the hallway out into the living room, mixed up with my oxygen cable and it did get intertesting...everyone did a really good job of not tripping over any of it and it was a blast.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 05:39 PM

So here is Mimosa, playing this heartbreakingly lovely tune on the harp, with this baritone/molasses voice just sort of rolling efforlessly out, and C-More starts in. None of us could decide whether to be sniffly/sobby at Mimosa's song, or just bust a gut laughing at the bird.
Then Bet appointed herself Keeper of the Quiet BirdCage. Every time C squawked, Bet thwacked the bottom of the cage. This accomplished little except to add to the rhythm section, and put a few more bird feathers in the air. The 'Tiels at "my" Nursing Home really get into Florida Blues, so I played it for C-More, and boy, did that get him rockin'! Poor abused birdie.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 06:14 PM

Yeah guys......We have found that Maddie is incredibly niuts over music too. Then again, she loves the TV too, and the computer....pecks away at the keyboard, chases the cursor........Anyway tell C-more he "was heard."

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 06:36 PM

Yeah, next thing ya know he'll be wanting an agent and making me sign a contract for more fresh fruit, a dozen *Maddies*, and a spot on letterman!


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 07:00 PM

I suppose I should finally take time to tell you all what we did at my house. I have been so wiped physically from the weekend, I have just lazed around!
The guys arrived On Time about 3:30 local time, and came over to the house at 6PM. We had a lovely yard party-BBQ with all the "normal" USA picnic food--burgers & hot dogs, potato salad, deviled eggs,spinach salad, peach cobbler, and, since we are after all in Wyoming, deer and antelope marinated in raspberry vinegar/olive oil and grilled.
The day started out VERY hot, almost 100F, but cooled off nicely in the eve. Threatened rain, but it never happened. Had about 15 people here, including most of my band. Made music by firelight until almost 11, when everybody had to leave.
Bill, Allan and I went to Old Fort Laramie, a restored frontier/Indian Wars fort, and to the Oregon Trail wagon ruts on Friday. These ruts are so impressive--a trail cut wagon box deep (4+ feet!) through solid granite. Allan was so excited, he was running up and down them, jumping up and down, imagining the people, their desire for land and their perserverance. Sent them north to kat's house Friday afternoon, and joined them there Sat. afternoon for the EA Hearme session.
I keep thinking of a song by Elkin Thomas, called "The Journey"......can't find the words on line,so I guess I will have to go listen to it, and transcribe, but "the Journey is all the time........."

Somehow, this trip has tied all of us together in a very personal way. Those of us that have been fortunate enough to meet Allan and Bill, have somehow, now met each other.
Shine on, adventurers, shine on.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 07:52 PM

Bill, after you guys left, there was one more thing I remembered. I was going to try to download your pictures from the digital camera to my computer. Well, I had a digital that sat for 2 years with pictures in it and nothing was lost when the battery went dead. I put in the photos, downloaded the pictures, and it worked just fine. I think you can feel safe to change that old battery anytime. Maybe someone farther down the road from me can print the photos from their computer for you.

Waiting for more updates with BATED breath.
(My polar bear dog is next to me with bait smelling breath.)

Alice


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 08:23 PM

I just realized I have a photo of Bill and Allan on my digital camera. I'll put it up and add a thread. Allan, I'm going to finish the roll in my 35mm on the mutating columbine flowers, then scan the prints and put them on my website. I'll let you know later when they are up. In the mean time (I don't know why I didn't take more with the digital) I will add the one digital shot of you two taken when you arrived. It will go on the website tonight.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jun 00 - 08:35 PM

Spaw, Rog just read your posting about "da birds"...he says we should have a Cockatiel HearMe Session for C-More and Maddie! Okay, Maddie, hit yer F9 key sweetie....!!!**BG**

Alice, that will be wonderful! My digital pix were kind of blurry (Rog didn't focus very well:-), but hope my 35mm ones will be good enough to scan in and send to Max, too. Thanks for your pix!


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 01:06 AM

And just where is the "blicky" for this website?


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 01:12 AM

I just finished making the page and started a thread specifically for it.... click here


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Art Thieme
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 09:27 PM

Bill and Allan were here in Peru today and we had a grand but too short visit. They are now wending their way to Mick's place in Michigan-----actually, they may be there already. What a treat to meet 'em and to sing a few.

Mick, They were not aware that Elderly Instruments is so close to where they'll be. I think they might like to know the correct way to get there if they decide they've got enough time for a visit.

Alice, We sat here and traded tales of "Devil's Slide" !

All the best,

Art (and Carol too)


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Art Thieme
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 09:35 PM

Alice,

Thanks for that photo. Those really were the same two guys who were here today saying they were Bill and Allan. I guess it really was them. ;-)

Art


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 09:38 PM

more photos to come within a couple of hours, Art, stay tuned. The one of Bill on the bridge by the bear sign came out Great, as did the others.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 09:48 PM

Shit, Art. I was expecting them tomorrow afternoon, and I am still re-installing the toilet in the upstairs bathroom. Oh well. It will be great to see them, and we will get by.

Itinerary includes a session in Grand Rapids tomorrow, and I figgered in a trip to Elderly on Saturday. We will see what the lads have to say. Will keep you all posted.

All the best,

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 11:19 PM

I just got a call from Allan and they are in Valparaiso, Indiana. They are going to push through and I should see them between 1:00 and 2:00 AM. Hope the lads take it easy. I will keep you all posted on how it goes.

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Homeless
Date: 15 Jun 00 - 11:22 PM

They just left from visiting with me, on the way up to Big Mick's. I wasn't expecting them yet today and got caught at work. So I rushed back here and had a short but very enjoyable visit. Should be about 2.5-3 hours until they get to the next stop.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 12:00 AM

Bill and Allan, the Montana photos are on the website. I love the one of Bill and the bear crossing sign.

click here for Allan and Bill with Alice and Les B in Montana


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 12:29 AM

Great pictures and all Alice. Love them all!!! I can't wait to see the whole trip collection whenever its assembled.

And one more thing Alice.....I am forced to say again, you be one fine lookin' woman.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 12:31 AM


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 10:44 AM

Lots of facial hair, gotta love that. Also, that tower room looks WONDERFUL! I have a soft spot in my heart, for no known reason, for any bedroom that doesn't have a flat ceiling (or at least a horizontal one).


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: harpgirl
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 10:59 AM

I'm so glad Bill and Allan stopped to see you, Art. I'll write a long letter this weekend...harpy


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 12:06 PM

Well, the lads arrived safe and sound about 1:45 this morning and we sat and talked for an hour before we shuffled off to bed. Bright and early, Allan was up looking for a coffee pot. The lad beat me out of the sack and the coffee was waiting. We sat and played pennywhistles, and a little guitar. I sang "Along the Famine Road" for him. This is the song that Ed Trickett gave me at the Getaway. That was the last time that I had seen Allan so I thought it a propos. Bill got up and introduced me to the joys of Yorkshire tea (marvelous stuff). Allan says it is black, but not vile. Bill then gave me a primer of Morris Dancing and played the squeeze box while my 8 year old demonstrated her step dancing skills. We are off for a bit of food, then Bill and Allan are going to ride along as I spread a little union around W. Michigan. There is a session tonight and Elderly Instruments tomorrow with a boat ride around Gun Lake tucked in there somewhere. Then it is off to Toronto with these lovely gents. Cherish them well, my dear friends. They are a treasure.

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 06:46 PM

Allan here.

I have been reading and re-reading the many flattering comments which have been posted here and in the previous incarnations of this thread. I know for certain that if I ever get to a point in my life when I am feeling a bit low, I will be able to read the lovely things written here and will be restored.

One of the largest regrets I have had during this trip has been our inability to tarry longer at our stops. Certainly our time at Alice's was no exception. I had once lived in Montana - courtesy of the US Air Force. The years since then had dulled my memory of how beautiful a place Montana is. It is majestic, enthralling, wondrous and beautiful! It was a priviledge to see it again. Alice was able to convey much to us in the way of local history and a few quips about the people of the area around Bozeman.

As I indicated in my previous post, we were planning to make an effort to gain a little time as we made our way toward Lake Michigan from Montana. We exceeded our own expectations! We left Alice's sometime after noon on Tuesday and arrived in Peru, Illinois at about five Wednesday evening. This put us nearly a day and a half ahead of our posted schedule!

I should mention that just before dark, as we were leaving Montana, I caught sight of a roadside sign which indicated something about "White Buffalo". I think Bill thought I had gone totally crazy when I suddenly yelled at him to stop the car and go back. It had sunk into my weary mind that this place was the home of the sacred white buffalo which was born about two years ago. For those of you who don't know, the birth of the white buffalo is a very significant event for many Native Americans. The shameful thing was that the owners were charging $8.50 each to view this wonder. To me, this is like charging a fee to worship in front of a statue of Buddha. Thank goodness for a good zoom feature on the camera!

I wish I had more time to tell you about our visit with Art and with Homeless. Maybe tomorrow. Gotta go! Mick is calling.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 07:10 PM

Hi, Allan. There was a white buffalo on a ranch near Helena when I was growing up, and he was called Big Medicine. It was no problem to drive by and see him. When he died, he was stuffed and placed in the historical museum in Helena, near the Capitol. We used to go over to the museum and pat him on the nose. The spot became worn and shiny from all the kids touching him. He is still there today.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 07:13 PM

I pity Allan's poor boss on the day Allan goes back to work. He will be exhausted, and sooooooo full of stories, he won't get any work done for several days, he he he.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 16 Jun 00 - 07:14 PM

By the way, Allan, a box went out by 2-day UPS with some things in it for you and Bill. It should be at Mudcat when you arrive there next Wednesday. It includes your travel mug, among other items from me.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 17 Jun 00 - 09:48 AM

This should have been posted very early this morning when we got in, but my server was down

Big Mick here. As you can tell from this post, it is now about 1:50 AM on Saturday morning. The evening started off a bit slow as far as musicians arriving. But the day was saved by a couple that are fans of the band. They showed up with 15 lbs. ( a little over a stone, FAIR ONE) of home made bangers. There was plenty of sweets, and such so we sat around and enjoyed the craic, and the food. Didn't take Bill and Allan long to find a set of darts and start a game. After a bit, Tom Verlin (mandolin player), Jim Goldsmith (guitar, fiddle and other things, most notably the husband of Darla), Jon Koeze (bass, guitar, 48 button concertina)and others joined us and we sat down and played music for three hours. Towards the end a piper stopped by with a couple of sets of Scottish Smallpipes. Bill and Allan, as they have everywhere, charmed the pants off of everyone. Bill proselytized, recruited, and swore in several new 'Catters. Oh yes, I almost forgot. One of our newest Mudcatters, IvanB, drove over from Lansing and we greatly enjoyed his company. Bill did "The Mermaid" and I see why everyone loves it so. I must learn it although I doubt I could do it as enjoyably as Bill. All in all I would say that our wandering Ambassadors of Mudcat were responsible for a wonderful and enjoyable evening. As I said before, they are a treasure. Enjoy them when they get there. And get Allen to tell you how he and the wee Ciara tried to string the aul Big Mick up. But I was too quick for them........LOL.

We are off tomorrow for a trip to Elderly, and then get them on their way to Toronto.

All the best,

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: IvanB
Date: 17 Jun 00 - 11:45 AM

As Big Mick noted in his post, I drove over to Grand Rapids last night to join the session with Bill and Allen. It's been years since I've participated in a session (and, last night, I added only my voice) but it was every bit as enjoyable as any I've ever experienced. The added experience of getting to meet my first in-the-flesh Mudcatters made it even more special. And I can echo Big Mick's enthusiasm over Bill's rendition of 'The Mermaid' as well as the rest of the repertoire, some familiar, some not, that he and Allan were able to present. What a joy!


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: BlueJay
Date: 17 Jun 00 - 01:58 PM

IvanB, welcome to the Mudcat. You'll find it's quite a group. Thanks to Allan and Bill's Adventure, I've met seven Mudcatters. Wonderful folks all. Now you've met your share. If we could somehow tally it all up, I'd bet hundreds of new friendships have been formed along their route. Hard to say how many new Mudcatters have been added. In addition to having the time of their lives, they have, they have given us all an invaluable gift: face to face friendship, which will last long after this thread is but a memory, (unless it's permafrosted)! I hope they write a book about it. Could become a best seller if done right. If not, then we have this thread, which is turning into quite a work in itself, and it's not over yet! Anyway, welcome again, Ivan, You just experienced something magical. The word "magic" seems to pop up over and over in this thread. Someone previously said Bill and Allan's visit has touched peoples lives in ways far beyond what was expected. It's true for me, and I hope it is for you, too. BlueJay


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Peter T.
Date: 17 Jun 00 - 02:18 PM

This makes Bill and Allan official "Mudcatalysts".

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 17 Jun 00 - 08:41 PM

Allan and Bill.... I've made a tape of the jam at my house on June 7, and I've sent a copy to Max and to Rounder Records. I anticipate that The Beverly Hillbillies Theme will be the first single, B side will be Sables doing the British Rail Song.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Alice
Date: 17 Jun 00 - 08:53 PM

Oklahoma photos added.... click here


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:40 AM

Refresh for latest details...............PULLLLEEEEEEEZZZZZEEEE.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 08:35 PM

AIN'T YOU FOLKS GOT COMPUTERS UP THERE??????????? I AM SITTING HERE DYING TO KNOW WHO THE SUPRISE GUEST FROM FAR AWAY IS, AND NONE OF YOU LAYABOUTS ARE POSTING!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL GIVES??

Love to you all,

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: ericsymonds
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 08:37 PM

Hi Bill,you seem to be having quite a good time,rolling along nice like ya knaa!Thanks for the card quite a good likeness but you seem to have lost a few wrinkles.Keep up the good work, marra!Looking forward to seeing you in July cheers,Eric and Gareth.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 10:32 PM

PLANET MUDCAT CALLING TORONTO SUB STATION? DO YOU COPY? STATUS REPORT.........(i hope they are ok)


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 10:48 PM

Oh ALL FECKIN' RIGHT!!!!

Yes folks, the weary travellers have landed! Who was the extry special guest who travelled all that way to help welcome Bill and Allan?

SCARPI!!!?.......well no, actually.

GARGOYLE?.....Nope, thank God....

it was.............

BERT!

Yup, all the way from Philly.

Other folks on hand at Tony Burns domicile were: Tony, of course, Me, Duckboots, Allan C., Bill Sables, Crowhugger, Sophocleese, Banjo Bonnie, Mickael K., Guest:Flattop, Peter T., Aida, Davey, Balladeer and Steve Latimer.

Anyway, a wonderful time was had by all, and we'll give you some more details after we make some tea for Bill.

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:09 PM

Allan here: I am far too tired to make my usual lengthy comments about the day's events. I will leave it to others. Tony is a wonderful guy to have made this gathering happen. It was fabulous! Thanks to all who attended. Bill and I truly enjoyed the great music and wonderful people. It was an especially pleasant surprise to see Theresa and Bert again.

Next stop - Connecticut! (Well, there might be a small stop somewhere along the way... more about that IF it happens. Heh, heh!)

Allan C.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Crowhugger
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:20 PM

It was all so relaxed--why am I so wound up? A toast to Max et al for the means to e-meet and meet such a fine bunch.

Cheers!
CH.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:33 PM

Well FAR OUT!!!! What a group!!!! Glad to hear it was a fine time, though we all expected nothing less. Glad Bert had Tre along so he could find his way........

What happened to Boy Eddie and Clyde?

Spaw----Great trip guys....JUST FREAKIN' GREAT!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:43 PM

Boy Eddie and Clyde probably hopelessly lost at (middle)C, and thank goodness for that! Can't handle too much right wing stuff here, ya know! But, where were Cletus, Reg, and the Boys?


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Mbo
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:45 PM

Boy Wille & the ghostes of the Yellow Dog!


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 18 Jun 00 - 11:53 PM

It was wonderful to share time like that together.
The place was so clean you could have eaten in the washroom and there was enough toilet paper so that each one us had our own roll.
I was so relaxed that I forgot to be real nervous playing in front of everybody.
To meet all these guys has left me with wonderful memories and a richness in my life.
Thanks to all who came.
And a special thanks to you Max.

Bonnie


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Crowhugger
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 12:31 AM

BB, you were wonderful. It wasn't until the drive home that I noticed you weren't particularly nervous.

CH.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 12:36 AM

You know Crowhugger, it wasn't until the drive home that I noticed I wasn't particularly nervous either.

BB


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Kelly
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 04:37 AM

HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hehe. I figured that was the best way to get the msg to Allan C.

Pops, sounds like youre having a blast :) Keep on truckin' (or stationwagonin' as the case may be).

Just so ya dont feel left out of yer kiddos life while youre on the road, Georgia didnt happen. I actually followed a couple days behind you guys into Melissa, TX (just north of Dallas) where I crashed with some net-friends for a week. Now I'm in southern Cali (Rancho Cucamonga to be specific) chillin' with Jayson. Had some decent adventures along the way that ill fill you in on when ya get back to VA. Ill be back in Nawlins by early August :) Talk to you soon and i hope your fathers day was a great one! Sure sounds like it was!

Love and hugs, Kel'


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Vixen
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 08:21 AM

Allan, Bill, Rick, BB/LN, Anyone in Toronto...

What day/time should I be expecting the arrival of excellent adventurous Mudcats?

PM, email, or phone please!

V


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: GUEST,Peter T.
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 09:31 AM

some more notes from Toronto in the Thought for the Day, today.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 10:03 AM

Tony,

Thanks for a wonderful day. I wish that we could have spent more time. We had a wonderful time talking to some relly interesting people. Bill sure can tell a story. And Peter T. has helped us choose our summer holiday destination. I look forward to the next gathering.

Thanks again.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: balladeer
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 10:42 AM

Hi, all: I thought I sent a message last night -- my thank-you note for the event at Tony's, but I don't see any record of it so I guess I pushed the wrong button. So thank you, Tony. You're a thoughtful man. I couldn't even see the vacuum tracks. And thanks to everyone who showed up. That's what made it interesting. Joanne


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Davey
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 11:36 AM

'Twas truly a fine gathering, and I enjoyed meeting and picking and singing with those who were there.

Tony, thanks for your wonderful, laid back hospitality.

Looking forward to more of these gatherings.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: sophocleese
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 12:27 PM

I'll second what Davey said up there. It was a fun day all told, the eight hours I was there went by really, really fast. Hard to believe that when I was getting out of the car at the beginning I was so nervous I dropped three things and put my purse upside down over my shoulder. Thank you so much Tony for making your house available and to you Bill and Allan for giving us a good reason to get together.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: BlueJay
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 12:40 PM

Everyone- Sounds like quite a gathering at Tony's. What a group. I know all who were there will never forget it. I won't. Hey Bill Sables! I got a new, (well used) mandolin for Fathers Day!!! A nice Kentucky, solid spruce top and all. So if you guys decide to make another loop around, :) you won't have to endure my 100 dollar special. I'm looking forward to reading more about the event at Tony's. Thanks, BlueJay


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: GUEST,flattop
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 12:55 PM

I would also like to thank Tony for letting us destroy his spotless and peaceful Toronto home on a Sunday afternoon. There were no chips nor chicken salad on the floors before we arrived.

I have no idea why Bonnie wants to eat in the washroom but meeting her in person, I discovered that she has a resonance that doesn't always come through in her e-mails.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Peter T.
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 02:34 PM

Ah, yes, Bonnie's resonance, flattop. Many disciples of hers have spoken of this in awe. She built up this cosmic banjo resonance over many years by eating all her food out of her resonator. It is a kind of meditative practice/ritual cleansing/procedure that all new banjo players must go through. Known as the Banjo Way, it increases chakral vibrations. Later you must munch certain kinds of bluegrass in order to achieve optimal harmonal balance. I am sure that Bonnie could initiate you into it, should you be interested.

OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 02:39 PM

Peter, I thought that was spelled---OOHHHMMM?


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Peter T.
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 02:45 PM

Only if you are frailing, Sorcha.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Dani
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 03:45 PM

IvanB: "only my voice"? "ONLY MY VOICE"?!

That's the instrument we all came into the world with, isn't it? The only one we've got in common? If I waited until I mastered one of these )#(*&$(*$ stringed things that I love so much, I'd be missing out on a lot of music.

It saddens me that I sometimes feel left out of otherwise wonderful music gatherings because I don't have an instrument slung over my shoulder.

And if that were the ticket to the Mudcat, I wouldn't be HERE.

Welcome, here.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Susan A-R
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 10:00 PM

AAAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!! I thought you guys weren't COMING through Vermont!! And I never get a chance to get out of the kitchen between 3 and 7, but tonight I was out and you stopped by and I have black and blue spots from kicking myself.

I was actually at a meeting about a couple of pretty devastating suicides amongst us restaurant owners here in Montpelier. Two of 'em, two weeks apart, so I did need to be where I was, but I'm very sorry that I missed you.

Thanks for the button. Hope you enjoyed the dolmas. And next time, give a girl a little warning, won't ya. You'd have gotten real food out of it that way, and I'd have been delighted to see you.

Safe travels and have fun.

Susan A-R (that's for aaarrrrgh!)


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 11:11 PM

We were told NOT to warn folks, cause it would be a surprise! Well it was!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Bill and Allan's Mudcat Adventure Part 4
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Jun 00 - 11:47 PM

Since this thread is getting kind of long, I went ahead and started a new one, which you can reach by clicking here. Thanks for posting to it, as these get kind of slow in loading for some folks after 50 or more postings.


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