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Looking for music by Clam Chowder

Robert Alley (BoB) 31 Jan 98 - 12:06 PM
Bruce O. 02 Feb 98 - 12:17 PM
Bruce O. 02 Feb 98 - 04:29 PM
Bruce O. 02 Feb 98 - 04:45 PM
BoB 05 Feb 98 - 11:13 PM
GUEST,ketil 12 Mar 01 - 07:50 PM
GutBucketeer 12 Mar 01 - 09:34 PM
z! 13 Mar 01 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,Lynn T 13 Mar 01 - 03:15 PM
Bob Bolton 13 Mar 01 - 09:36 PM
Jacob B 14 Mar 01 - 09:46 AM
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Subject: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: Robert Alley (BoB)
Date: 31 Jan 98 - 12:06 PM

Almost 10 years ago a friend made a copy of a tape containing ol' style Bardic and Filk music. I remember that he said that the group was either Clam Chowder or a splinter group of them. There were songs such as The Ol' Dunn Cow Burned Down or Moggy wasn't Moggy Anymore (not necessarily correct spelling or titles). The music was performed by perhaps three or four men and one or two women singing and playing guitar, mandolin, autoharp type stringed instruments. Thanks in advance for any leads or information anyone can provide!


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: Bruce O.
Date: 02 Feb 98 - 12:17 PM

They used to be in the Washington, DC area, but I haven't heard of them for several years now. One of the women (Kathy -?) also played a regular harp, and I've heard her sing to her playing, solo.


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: Bruce O.
Date: 02 Feb 98 - 04:29 PM

The best place to look would be to find the 'House of Musical Traditions' in Tacoma Park, MD (north edge of Washington, DC) on a search engine and go to their catalog of recordings. They carry records and tapes of many local groups was well as nationally and internationally known groups. If you can't find it come back and let me know. I think I could relocate the web link, but don't have it at present.


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: Bruce O.
Date: 02 Feb 98 - 04:45 PM

Forget above, I went through last year's HMT catalog and there's nothing by Clam Chowder. I don't recall seeing any recordings by them and your tape may have been made at a concert. I tried to do this at one of their gigs at a folk festival, but I had the wrong kind of mic and got more crowd noise than Clam Chowder, and junked the tape.


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: BoB
Date: 05 Feb 98 - 11:13 PM

Thanks Bruce,

I'm going to try to locate my friends if I can and keep looking. I figured this would be a cold, hard trail. If anything comes up I'll let you know.

Thanks again and take care,

BoB


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: GUEST,ketil
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 07:50 PM

try searching for the markland medieval mercenary militia home page, some of the members may well have contact points for former members of Clam Chowder as the band was composed mainly of Marklanders.


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 09:34 PM

I just "discovered" Clam Chowder when I was looking for examples of "How Can I Keep From Singing" on the web for a voice class I am taking. WOW! they are fantastic!. Incredible harmonies. I even tracked down their web site. It is here:

http://members.aol.com/sirharper/chowder/

You can buy 2 CDs and past cassettes from the website.

It looks like they will be playing at Balticon, the Sci-Fi Convention.

I also heard from my voice teacher that they may be playing at the Royal Mile Pub in Wheaton on June 2nd, 2001.

I have never seen them and really look forward to it.

JAB


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: z!
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 01:10 PM

The Clams are currently schedule to play Friday night at Balticon, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's annual conference (www.bsfs.org). They have some great new material, too.

Re the CD's: John did a fine job of pulling songs off the old (and badly stored) analog master tapes, and then mastering the CD's. The song lists are on the web site. Sometime, I'll finish entering the complete discography, and maybe the full song list.

(Gak! Has it -really- been 20+ years?)

z! Techni-Clam, retired (autoharp/bones/vocals/sound)


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: GUEST,Lynn T
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 03:15 PM

The group still lives in the DC area -- it's soprano/harpist Kathy Sobansky, tenor/guitar John Huff, singer/harper/bass Bob Esty (the sirharper of the above address) and a couple newer folks whose names escape me at present.

Kathy, her husband Ed, Bob and his wife Sue (also recorded as their own ensemble, "Voice of the Turtle") are the core of Clan Cambion, a large group/loose household that used to bridge SCA and Markland, but is now mostly SCA, and which is known for breaking into song at the drop of a hat ("Processions R Us"). The 25-person Thanksgiving dinners at Sobansky's home, Caer Bear, are one continuous echo of multipart harmony... By the way, "Turtle" played the Crownsville Renaissance Faire for years; don't know if they're doing that again this summer.

Lynn


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 09:36 PM

G'day,

I see that our GUEST,Lynn T has posted above and I remember a thread a few months back started by Lynn:

Was Your Grandma a Whore?.

Interestingly, I fielded a request from a friend of my youngest brother, a few weeks back, for this very song (inter alia). I did suggest that it sounds quite like a purely American (with English collaboration?) libel of us fine upstanding Aussies ... or a wish not to mention that all the best whores ended up in America before our relatively brief period as a replacement dumping ground for convicts.

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: Jacob B
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 09:46 AM

The Clam Chowder web site mentioned above deserves a blue clicky:

Click here


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: GUEST,Carolk
Date: 03 Jun 07 - 12:50 PM

The song: Was Your Grandma a Whore? Is actually titled: Son of a Scoundrel by Shel Silverstein.


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 06 Sep 13 - 05:55 AM

According to their website, Clam Chowder will be disbanding after this year's Darkover convention in November.

Truly sad news, as far as I'm concerned. For many reasons - some purely musical, and some purely personal - I had hoped to be able to see one of their live performances.

Now, however... Not so sure. (sigh)


Jay


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: dick.hamlet
Date: 06 Sep 13 - 08:08 PM

I happened on this thread too late...

I have an LP titled something like "Clam Chowder for Here or To Go",
which has their signature "Son of a Scoundrel" and others, but a
complete lack of credits -- not even listing the band!

The AOL site doesn't seem to be functioning any more. Send me
a PM if you are interested in the LP, which I could transcribe
to an MP3 format.


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Subject: RE: Looking for music by Clam Chowder
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 06 Sep 13 - 09:37 PM

This link should work: Clam Chowder Music

Dick, I'll consider your offer. Many thanks. I do know that many (but not all) of the songs from their earlier albums were remastered onto CD's that are available from their website.


Jay


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