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Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II

Roger in Baltimore 10 Nov 98 - 09:09 PM
Roger in Baltimore 10 Nov 98 - 09:21 PM
Alice 10 Nov 98 - 10:18 PM
Roger in Baltimore 11 Nov 98 - 06:13 AM
Susan of DT 11 Nov 98 - 08:45 AM
Alice 11 Nov 98 - 09:33 AM
Pete M 11 Nov 98 - 02:42 PM
Susan of DT 11 Nov 98 - 07:30 PM
Alice 11 Nov 98 - 07:58 PM
The Shambles 14 Nov 98 - 03:43 AM
Roger in Baltimore 15 Nov 98 - 09:03 PM
jets 15 Nov 98 - 09:21 PM
Garry Gillard in Western Australia 15 Nov 98 - 10:30 PM
Martin Ryan 16 Nov 98 - 05:20 AM
Paula Chavez 18 Nov 98 - 10:06 PM
skw@ 19 Nov 98 - 03:49 AM
Greg Baker 19 Nov 98 - 09:37 AM
kaleidoscope 20 Nov 98 - 10:00 AM
Richard McD. Bridge (England) 20 Nov 98 - 03:46 PM
Jerry Friedman in Espanola 20 Nov 98 - 06:14 PM
Eric 01 Dec 98 - 04:36 PM
The Shambles 04 May 99 - 03:25 PM
Matthew B. 04 May 99 - 05:45 PM
bill\sables 04 May 99 - 06:47 PM
Tony Burns 04 May 99 - 07:03 PM
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Subject: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 10 Nov 98 - 09:09 PM

I have enjoyed all of the messages on the previous thread. Unfortunately, it is 225 KB long and takes a while to load. I have suggested this new thread for new entries. Thank you for your consideration.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 10 Nov 98 - 09:21 PM

If you would like to read the precursor to this thread (and I think you will) you can reach it by clicking here. Bon Voyage!!!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Alice
Date: 10 Nov 98 - 10:18 PM

Thanks Roger, after it got over about 110 messages, my computer would freeze when the thread would try to load. Did I miss any new-comers? alice in montana


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 06:13 AM

Alice, There were 159 messages when I asked people to switch with message no. 160.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Susan of DT
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 08:45 AM

Alice - Try the "sort descending" feature to get at the end of long threads


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Alice
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 09:33 AM

Thanks Susan, but that doesn't even work.... screen freezes and sometimes crashes Netscape when I click on really large threads. I also can't access the send personal message page. It always freezes the screen. Is this because I am using a power Mac (Motorola Starmax)? Anyone else have this problem?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Pete M
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 02:42 PM

Susan, the problem is that the "sort descending" option is only available after the thread has loaded. There are obviously good and sensible reasons for having "sort ascending" as a default, but the ability to choose a descending sort from the thread list pages would enable us to catch up with the latest additions without having to load the whole thread, saving time and bandwidth, and hopefully solving Alice's problem as well. Any chance Max? In the interim Alice, try the following.

Click on the thread name as normal, as soon as the "sort descending" option is displayed, click on that. This should abort the original load and start loading a reverse order download. As soon as you have got enough loaded to display the last few messages (Guesswork I'm afraid) click on the "Stop" button on the tool bar.

best of luck

Pete M


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Susan of DT
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 07:30 PM

I used the "descending" on that thread when it had a mere 140 or so messages and it worked then. I almost never use that option, but it seemed to be the right situation. I don't know if Max reads every thread.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Alice
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 07:58 PM

Well, eventually I got it to work, as long as I stopped it before it froze. The first couple of times I tried reading ascending order, of the 160 message Mother Of This Thread, the browser would quit and fly home to the system folder after I stopped it. Just had to stop it before it loaded too far. Glad I could get to the end, though, since there are lots of nice folks introducing themselves to the cafe.

Parts II, III, and if necessary IV, shorter than the first, would be nice!

alice


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: The Shambles
Date: 14 Nov 98 - 03:43 AM

This was too good a thread to let die without a fight so I have put here the original start message so people will know what it is all about and just carry on.

The Mudcat UK thread was a good idea and it has been interesting reading about what the weather is like in various parts of the UK and hearing about where people live. There is a colourful description from 'Frank in the Swamps', about where he lives, complete with some exagerated claims about his mosquitos, which can be found in the Jimmy Reed Request thread. As the originators of the the UK thread (somewhat bravely) confessed that they overlooked other parts of the world, maybe all the contributors to the Mudcat would like to use this thread to tell us about who, where, what music and most importantly, what the weather is like in their part of the world?.... This is the WWW after all.

No need to make it too serious, although I know the weather is a serious subject.

Where are YOU?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 09:03 PM

Back on top. I do hope I didn't kill this thread by creating Pt. II. If you are out there reading this and have not "checked in" I sure would like to hear from you. The 'Cat is a "people place" and we get closer just knowing who is "listening".

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: jets
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 09:21 PM

May I sugest that we do this thread once a yeararound thanksgiving time to give thanks that we are able to enjoy this forum.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Garry Gillard in Western Australia
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 10:30 PM

Hi! I've just sent my first message to the Forum, asking for the words to Rackabello (sorry I sent the damn thing twice!), so I thought I should introduce myself, or rather my pages. My claim to fame in the WWW is that I run fanzine type pages for both the Waterson and Copper families. The aim is to have a complete discography and also all the words to all the songs available. I'll probably never get there, but it sure does fill up those spare moments!

I hope you'll have a look at
hum2mac1.murdoch.edu.au/watersons/

and/or
hum2mac1.murdoch.edu.au/copper/

And thank you DigiTrad, for being there!! You were a big help in the early stages of this project.

cheers
Garry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 16 Nov 98 - 05:20 AM

Garry

Great to hear from you! I'd seen the Watersons site - but not the Copper Family one. Welcome to Mudcat. Regards


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Paula Chavez
Date: 18 Nov 98 - 10:06 PM

Greetings, one and all.

I actually made it through all the posts in Part 1 of this thread. Seeing only one other entry from New Mexico, I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring and swell the ranks to two.

I live in a small, decidedly un-picturesque town roughly 20 miles south of Albuquerque along the banks of the Rio Grande river (the central part of the state). What we lack in southwestern ambiance, we make up for in sincerity and climate. Except for one freak hail storm a few weeks ago the weather has been glorious. Blue skies, brilliant sunshine, fairly mild temperatures. In short, Indian Summer in November. Bliss!

Married, three boys, two of them still at home, aged 8 and 10, both with a regretable fondness for rap music. By day, I ply my trade as a graphic and web designer for a teachers' union. By night, I sleep. Someday, when the kids are grown and I'm living on retirement benefits, I might actually do something about my dream of becoming an itinerant folk singer (with an ATM card). For now, I lurk at the Mudcat Cafe and pretend. Lovely reading all your posts!

-Paula


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: skw@
Date: 19 Nov 98 - 03:49 AM

Hello,
although I have briefly introduced myself on the Mudcat (UK) thread I'll do it again.
I'm Susanne Kalweit, single (save for tomcat, car and computer). Measurements: 44 / ? / 808 (age, IQ, bank account). I live in Kiel on the Baltic Sea, on the Northern 'tongue' joining Germany and Denmark. Folk music helps me take a break from my work in women's rights (all those lovely chauvinistic songs they used to have back then ... and sometimes not so far back then ...). I sing (in the bath), play tin whistle (badly) and CD player (excellently). Mainly I help organise events and try to get my favourite Scottish acts over here. It's getting harder, though, same as everywhere.
So far, I have misused my PC at work for accessing the Mudcat, but am hoping to remedy that next year by getting web access at home. First thing I'll do then is apply for membership.
Ah yes, and we had this winter's first snow last Monday. It's gone, but the weather has turned into a lovely dry frost. - Love to you all, Susanne


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Greg Baker
Date: 19 Nov 98 - 09:37 AM

Who IS this guy anyway? I live in Laurel, Maryland (just a stone's throw from Baltimore and DC alike), aged 43. I play guitar/banjo, and have for 25 years. I loved folk music and despise the lack of it in Dee Cee's airwaves. I like to play any good tune that I like. I also play guitar in the contemporary music program in Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel. I've played "filksinging" style at science fiction conventions for about 20 years.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: kaleidoscope
Date: 20 Nov 98 - 10:00 AM

Hi all!

I'm from Phoenix, Arizona, and just posted a thread a few days back and have been pleased at how people jumped in to help.

I am married with husband, 3 cats, a piano, 12 and 6 string guitars, and several flutes. Mostly I play the standard silver flute like you see in orchestras but recently got a "Native American Flute" which is wooden and has a wonderful "eerie" sound. My husband, I, and a third partner have a band called "Mountain Rain" that plays at music festivals, coffeehouses, and the like. I teach blind and visually impaired adults independent living skills.

For those not familiar with Phoenix, it is desert territory. After an oven like summer (110+ degrees), we are finally getting refreshing cool nights (50's) and perfect "get outdoors and enjoy it" days(70's).

Take care, and a great Thanksgiving to all!

Kaleidoscope


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Richard McD. Bridge (England)
Date: 20 Nov 98 - 03:46 PM

Hi.

Winter is starting here in Gravesend, Kent (deathplace of Princess Pocahontas) and I don't like it.

2 thoughts.

Just down the road from me (20 miles or so) is Faversham folk club where the Coppers play quite often. Always meant to go, never did. The Coppers run a club just over the county line (as I guess you would say in American: dialect is so fascinating (grin)) about 50 miles away. Very traditional. Anything not English traditional strongly disapproved of. A friend of ours who does a lot of self-written humorous songs, but also some traditional, went down there. Sang "the Cuddy Wren". Published in 1342 (yes,1342) I think. Was told he was too contemporary because he accompanied himself on a guitar. Guitars not traditional English, see!!

Second, the lady from Scandiwegia who likes scottish bands ought to try the Iron Horse.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Jerry Friedman in Espanola
Date: 20 Nov 98 - 06:14 PM

Paula Chavez writes:
"I live in a small, decidedly un-picturesque town roughly 20 miles south of Albuquerque along the banks of the Rio Grande river (the central part of the state)."

Um... Lemitar?

If I had a folk song, I'd put it in a bottle and throw it in the Rio Grande for you. If I thought it would make it past Cochiti Dam.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Eric
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 04:36 PM

Greetings,

Sacramento, California finally turned on the Winter weather yesterday: wind, rain, and temperatures in the 50's (brrr!).

I am an unreformable Mudcat junkie. Despite the fact that I have very little time to practice the songs that I've already pulled out of the Digital Tradition database, I keep coming back to see what titles other people mention. I never fail to find yet another song that "I just have to learn." Thanks to all of you!

I play a plastic recorder that I've had for years. Each evening, when my wife and 1-year-old daughter (and the neighbors) are safely asleep, I sneak out on to the back porch and play. Just me, the music, and the night.

Happy Holidays to all,

E.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: The Shambles
Date: 04 May 99 - 03:25 PM

I see the original BIG one has been contributed to. As that one takes rather a long time to load it may be a good idea to use this one. There are Blue Clicky Things in both threads.

So where are you and what is the weather?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Matthew B.
Date: 04 May 99 - 05:45 PM

For the record, I live in NY City and I just turned 43.

Pleased to meet you all


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: bill\sables
Date: 04 May 99 - 06:47 PM

I live in the county of North Yorkshire England near the market town of Selby which got its name from the Romans in 55bc As they were sailing to York (Eboracum in those days) they passed a tiny hamlet which looked very uninteresting and said "Sail By, Sail By" from then the name was changed to Selby (Grin) My village is called Monk Fryston there are about fifty houses one church a school and two pubs. It is so lively here we were going to make it a twin town with Brigadoon, but Brigadoon comes to life every hundred years and we don't. Quite near us are the towns of Leeds and Bradford which in the days of the Romans were called Soddom and Gomorah, they havn't changed much. Yorkshire is very famous, not sure what for, except they were going to have the Nativity here but they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. I come origionally from North of here, Newcastle the land of the Geordies and the giant leeks We speak a different language in Newcastle to the rest of the U.K. but if you ever go there just say "Broonsallroond" in any pub and you'll be a friend for life. I play guitar, tenor banjo, mandola and melodeon and run a ceilidh band we play mostly for weddings. I also play banjo in a skiffle group. I dance with the local Castleford Longsword team and spend my holidays in the U.S.A. where I can fill my car with petrol for less money than I can fill my lawn mower at home. Can't think of anything else to say at the moment so I think I'll go to the chat room and talk to myself again. Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Tony Burns
Date: 04 May 99 - 07:03 PM

Bill may play all those instruments and in a couple of bands but I also heard a rumour that he's a pretty good leather worker too.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 May 99 - 08:43 PM

Fer the Queen, even! Find out all kindsa things in the chatroom!

I am in Casper, Wyoming. The weather has been perfect lately, for me, rainy, overcast, chilly, drizzling, very chilling at night and fresh smelling. Lots of grening on the prairie, I love this time of year. Could get snow, but it won't last more than a day or two.

I sing to m'self. Have started practising the violin/fiddle after upteen years and am thinking about starting a song circle. Grew up harmonising with my siblings and miss it. Buying a baritone uke. Going to Mudstock 99. Just sold my heavy piano. we move a lot!

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Susan A-R
Date: 04 May 99 - 10:03 PM

This is Susan in Vermont, A small, WONDERFUL, state in the US. I actuallly live closer to Montreal (2 1/2 hours) than I do to Boston (3 hours)

It has been unseasonably warm, and dry for the past month, and today we finally got rain. It's daffodil time, and my apricot trees are blooming. usually they do it just as we are getting the last frost of the season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Montpelier VT (the state capital) is small, some 7,000 souls. We also have two terriffic book shops, a movie theater that plays real films, and about thirty restaurants, one of which is mine.

I cook international food for the folks here, launching weekly menus that take in Indonesia, India, South Africa, Japan and Italy (for example) When I'm not working I sing and play fiddle and mandolin and some mountain dulcimer. I'm in a civil war group called Hardtack and HOmespun, and also in a trio that does just about anything we like.

I'm married to a concert pianist, and sometimes we do Brecht songs, Jazz, Bach Ives or Schumann together, depending on our whims.

That's me. Susan


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 May 99 - 11:16 PM

Hi Tony, indeed he is a good leather worker. We've dropped a few of the big names in our obscure craft/hobby, and maybe we'll exchange key fobs at christmas. What do you say Bill?

Rick

(if he ever comes back to this thread)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Llanfair
Date: 05 May 99 - 03:26 AM

Been trying to get my fourpennorth in since yesterday, but the computer was full. Ilive in a tiny town in mid-Wales. It is completely surrounded by hills, and my garden is up the side of one of them. I sing, and play enough guitar to accompany myself. Jim my husband, plays bass, and we met when starting a folk/rock band. He is now in the process of setting up a recording studio in our front room, with his synthesizer and sound cards and other mysterious stuff. We run a monthly music night in the local pub, with a friend who does mainly blues, people from the light railway, and anyone else who wants to join in. It's misty this morning, but then it usually is!! Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Tucker
Date: 05 May 99 - 04:11 AM

hello, I'm Tucker ( Oh no! not him again!!!) and I live in Portsmouth Ohio, once the terminus of the Erie Canal. Portsmouth was once a major site of Hopewell and Adena effigy works (we still have Horseshoe Mound). Like a lot of cities that border the Ohio River we also once had a steel mill (now defunct and gone).During the last part of the 19th century and early part of this one it was quite a romp here. Gambling and prostitution seemed to be the bane of the good folk of town but We also had an Opera house and other cultural things. In our hayday we had a population in excess of 50,000 but we now have around 22000. It's a pretty little city and central to bigger ones where there are more things to do (that's why our children leave). As with all places there is much more I could tell you about. Right now it is spring, the weather is beutiful, 70 degrees+farenheit day/50's at night, flowers blooming. My favorite time of the year.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Sophie
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:46 AM

Hello,

I'm Sophie and live in mad town Brighton, East-Sussex, England. I'm originally from Holland and came here to study three years ago. Will probably stay. On the face of the town is full of yuppy-hippies, ravers and other trendy, but there are some right good old sessions if you know where to find them. You'd occasionally find me in them desperately trying to keep up with the fiddlers and others on my harp or playing everyone to sleep with slow airs. And the weather...as crazy and unpredictable as the rest of the place. Sophie


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Celeste, WA
Date: 05 May 99 - 05:55 AM

I am from Perth, western Australia. Any other folk/irish/trad/pipers/etc kind of people in Perth ???? Please ???????


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Helen
Date: 05 May 99 - 09:37 AM

Celeste,

The best way to find other WA folkies is to start a thread with as appropriate title, e.g. Any West Australian folkies? I assume you saw Garry Gillard's post in this thread.

Regards from the east coast.

Helen, in Newcastle, NSW


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: danl
Date: 05 May 99 - 11:46 AM

having seen this thread i thought i really ought to add my own little bit to it, justin case anyone who had been reading my last few contributions got the idea that my entire life consited of school work! no, it doesnt! im from several different parts of the UK but currently based in a school in one of the most boring parts of this otherwise lovely country, too near prince charles's house for hotel prices to be resonable and too far away from a decent sized train station to be able to get away for long. however i also spend a lot of time in cambridge which is a fabulous town which i love and have lots of good friends in who i like to spend long eveings with singing, drinking and discussing life the universe and everything. i was first really introduced to folk music by these friends who i met through a reenactment society called the sealed knot. i have very fond memories of long nights gathered round a fire listening to these wonderfull songs that were so beutifully sung and seemed to bring us all together. unfortunatly this does not happen so oftern now but the sealed knot is still a large part of my life and i would recommend this as a very wothwhile hobby to anyone. look up our site if your intrested! all the school work references i seem to make are because im studying for 'a' levels at the moment and rather worried about them. i also like to write though, when i have the time and inclination. music wise im a big fairport convention fan but still prefer my songs live and from friends than from tapes really. and finally.... the weather here was wonderfull over the weekend and started sunny yesterday but all of a sudden it was cold again and i had to go and change from the lovely light summer dress i had happily (optermisticly?)put on in the morning to my usual winter weeds and overcoat. damn. today its raining but that sweet fresh spring rain that you only seem to get in may. nice, if i hadnt just remembered id left my windows open. thats enough of a life story i think to bore even the most intrested mudcatter!

so long, love ivy b.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Cara
Date: 05 May 99 - 04:57 PM

I live here in Washington, DC. I've been here for six years, came for school and never left. I recently imported my younger sister, rescuing her from the thudding monotony of Central Ohio, the only other place I've ever lived. My hometown, Newark, is a part of that disappearing breed: it's a town, not a suburb or a blink and miss it crossroads. I make fun of it a lot, as a self defense against fools who confuse Ohio with Iowa and Idaho, and ask me about corn and potatoes. I tell them, hey, central Ohio's hip. It's a great place. To be from.

DC is beautiful right now, not completely miasmic yet and relatively tourist free (not that there's anything wrong with swamps and tourists...well...) I live in a great part of the city, full of amazing old rowhouses which are being renovated slowly, under the somewhat watchful eye of a neighborhood council that doesn't want to displace lower income people in the neighborhood who have lived there for ages. I work part time in an "Irish" pub, which is where I hear live music. My dad has always loved folk music, world music, and especially Irish music, and I'm finally sufficiently post-adolescent that I don't have to pretend to hate it anymore. There are a few good places to hear music and have a jar here, and contrary to popular belief DC is a great town. Not too big, not too small, beautiful and friendly and full of stuff to do. But we still don't get a commemorative coin, or real representation in Congress, although we do get taxed to all hell and used and abused by damn commuters from Virginia and Maryland.

This is my own version of thread creep, where I start talking about DC's good points and end up ranting about people who don't live in the city messing it up for those who do. Pay me no mind, and come visit and we'll have a drink.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: hotspur
Date: 05 May 99 - 09:05 PM

hi there. I live in Cobleskill, NY, which is a tiny place in a rural county an hour west of Albany, four hours northwest of New York City. As I get asked a lot, I will tell you right off that Cobleskill is NOT part of the Big Apple. We have more pastures than sidewalks, more cows than people, and the crime is generally of the drunken-and-disorderly variety. As you can imagine, Cobleskill is SUCH a happening place. We spend a lot of time at Wally World (Wal-Mart) for lack of anything better to do. Oh yes, and the only radio stations we can get are either fundamentalist or country. Still, I like living here. It's peaceful and if you like nature, the landscape is beautiful too.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: puzzled
Date: 07 May 99 - 04:09 PM

I believe i am the first to list from Kansas. I don't live in any town. I live in Chase County, Kansas. About half way between Kansas City and Wichita. The county is 880 sq. miles of tall (10 to 12 feet on a good wet year)grass prairie. 2800 people in the whole county but because of the grass this is cowboy country with more than a million head of cattle. My nearest neighbor is a long way off. My backyard (i don't own it but i frequently hike through it) is about 80 square miles of pastue with no roads through it. Not far from where i live Home on the Range was written. We still have buffalo (on a few ranches) antelope (one of the few places that does) I believe that poisionous herbage doth grow along Beaver Creek. If solomon gales are anything like the twisters we had go through here last week then we still have them. And as far as I know i've never seen a curlew or heard one scream but on a moonless night the stars are incredibly bright.
I grew up playing drums learned to be a percusionist in college and then realized that i would have to live in a city to make a living doing that. So it was back to buckin bales for me. About 18 years ago i watched a fella playing ragtime and figured that i could learn to do that. I was saying until a couple of weeks ago that i wasn't half bad and then this guy ask me, "Well, just how bad are you?" Now I say I'm pretty fair. Due to more and more people moving out into the country even here in Kansas. A short time ago I met a mandolin/banjo/dobro/uke picker who is awesome. He lives about 30 miles from me. He and i started playing together and then low and behold a woman who is every bit as awesome on cello moved into a farmstead 30 mile in another direction. About 30 miles between them, too. Now that may seem like a long distance to some of you but please remember there's nothing between them and me. I can get to either of their houses in about 30 minutes. It takes that long for some of you in the city to go just a few blocks.
Now the three of us are playing old jug band tunes, cowboy tunes from the thirties and forties, some rock and roll, some jazz tunes and anything else that satricks our fancy. All of the tunes are arranged by us to allow us to freely improvise. We're having a great time and last fall began gigging. We have been very well recieved but it ain't any easier to break into the music business now than it has ever been and we have the disadvantage of being a long way from anywhere. BTW it is a beautiful though slow blooming spring here. A couple of days ago my middle son (I'm single parent of three boys) and I went looking for morels and found about three days of good eating. Better than some years worse than most. I am really glad to have found mudcat. i love the solitude out here in my part of kansas but it is a blessing of these times that i can read and converse with folks all over the world who have similar interests to mine. thanks for letting me be a part.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: The Shambles
Date: 24 May 99 - 03:06 AM

Refesh.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Mike Ireland
Date: 31 May 99 - 04:10 AM

Hi I'm Mike, I live in Carrickfergus about seven miles outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. I'm 46 married with a 10 year old son and a wife who introduced me to the Irish music 20+ years ago and might now wish she hadn't.I still says it was her fault when she complains. I work in Queen's University of Belfast.

I play the bodhran and penny whistle and now and then have a go at singing. Recently the Traditional/Folk music scene in the South Antrim area of Northern Ireland has started to grow, with lot of establishments wanting this type of music on a regular basis.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From:
Date: 06 Jun 99 - 08:44 PM

I'm glad this thread got refurbished. I am in Hilo, on the east (rainy) side of the Big Island of Hawaii. I noticed a posting in the older part of this thread from the Kona side, and I'll see if I can rustle up any other Hawaiian folkies out there. I got spoiled living in Seattle for a number of years, what with a weekly song circle, a songwriter's group, and the easy accessiblity of Folklife, Fiddle Tunes, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and lots of wonderful musicians. I really miss playing guitar backup for old-time music sessions.
Grew up in Philadelphia, went to medical school in Chocolate Town, USA, and escaped to the West Coast (Portland) in the early 80's, escaped again to Hawaii in 1994, allowing my blond blue-eyed daughter to qualify (in a sense) as a native Hawaiian.
I have a fondness for parodies and other modified versions of songs, being one of those Paul Stookey once called a "nasty, unscrupulous modifier". Someone was kind enough to put some of my songs in the DT, and when a friend from Seattle emailed me "your songs are on the Internet!" that's when I discovered the DT and Mudcat and have been enjoying it ever since. My wife sings show tunes and folk songs, my 11-year-old son plays sax, bassoon, and trumpet, as well as soccer, and my four-year old daughter has just about memorized the Wee Sing Fun and Folk tape.
The weather here is always beautiful, whether it's raining or not.
Aloha,
Mark Cohen


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Night Owl
Date: 07 Jun 99 - 01:04 AM

Mark....forgive my ignorance....but what is the "Wee Sing Fun and Folk tape"??


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 07 Jun 99 - 01:19 AM

Mike..."I wish I was in Carrickfergus." I love that song. On my previous trip to Ireland we didn't visit the North, but next trip I won't miss it!

Puzzled- I envy you your solitude and peace out there on the Prairie. The stars out there are incredibly bright, just as they are far out at sea. Your little threesome sounds terrific,too.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Rose
Date: 07 Jun 99 - 08:29 PM

I am currently in Portland,OR and ready to move somewhere else! Have been here for 17 years or so. Born in Ohio, have lived in Arizona, California and a short stint in North Carolina (short but lovely!). I am amazed by this site, have already people answer my questions and find it one of the nicest spots on the the whole web. I am just a music dabbler but love to sing, mess around on my old guitar and listen, listen, listen to music. I like almost all music (folk,show tunes, swing etc...) but I am especially fond of Irish music. I have recently discovered a love of percussion instruments (banging on stuff with sticks in a [hopefully] rhythmic manner), and have thought about the bodhran...but how do you begin that! My husband is fond of the whistle and used to do a nice "Wind that Shakes the Barley" He is more Scots than I and I think has ambitions to play the bagpipes. Maybe after the kids all grow up! My music wish: That I could play an instrument really well. My music reality: An inability to stay focused on any one thing for long enough to really learn it! So I sing in the shower and in the car and in meeting(I'm a Quaker) and at the beach! I pop into the Mudcat to rub elbows with those that know how, and them that don't and enjoy you all immensely.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: GUEST,James
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 09:21 AM

I am originally from West Cornwall, England But now live in the town of Bedford in the supremely beautiful and musical Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Any other Bluenosers out there.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Amos
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 10:26 AM

James --

Track down Dave the Ancient Mariner, who is up in your neck of the world. Joe Offer may be also.

I'm in sunny (sometimes) San Diego, about ninety miles south of los Angeles and forty north of Mexico.

I have sung and played folk songs since i was twelve, which is more years ago than I can count, well, at least forty of them, and play guitar, a little banjo, twelve-string, and whistles and recorders with undisciplined abandon. I have a head full of songs from Childs ballads to Dylan, about three hundred of which I am tring to list out and gradually put on CDs for family members who wantthem -- a long slow project. And I love the Cat and spend absolutely too much time here.

Amos


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 10:49 AM

I'm in Greenville, North Carolina, and a student at Jenkins School of Art at East Carolina University. I play guitar and fiddle, and am trying to learn to play the pipes. I write songs and tunes, and I love doing it.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Dharmabum
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 03:48 PM

Presently living in N.J. but I'll be heading for the mountains of Potter County PA.as soon as I pay off my mortgage up there. Been playing folk music about thirty years now,{guitar & a little clawhammer banjo}. I've been reading Mudcat for the last couple of months, what a great website, And a real nice bunch of folks. Hey Mbo, I'll be at Merlefest the end of April, camping at Riversedge . Maybe I'll see you there. Ron.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Chocolate Pi
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 04:11 PM

Originally from Brookline MA, thirteen houses down the street from the John F. Kennedy Birthplace, five minutes' walk from Boston.
Currently living in a breadbox in Woodward Court (we dream of a shoebox on the M15), an architectural abomination which the University of Chicago uses for a dorm. Across the street from the Midway Plaisance, leftover from the Colombian Exhibition of the 1890's, after which the midways of all local fairs were named.
Weather: currently sunny and slightly chilly; it was snowing a little bit yesterday.

Chocolate Pi


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: Wesley S
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 04:47 PM

I'm in Ft Worth Texas. I play guitar , mandolin, mountain dulcimer and three or four chords on the banjo. My next goal is to get an octave mandolin. I've been playing since I was 15 - and I'm 48 now. I play currently with a quartet and a 9 piece choral/folk group.

Weater today is sunny and mild following yesterdays tornados and widespread distruction.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat(THE WORLD) Let us know Pt. II
From: GUEST,Wavestar
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 05:15 PM

Hmm.. I already introduced myself to you poor longsuffering people once, but will again...

I'm in Vermont when I'm home, which is now, halfway down the VT NH border right on the Connecticut... My second home, but I love it. Quiet, dark at night so I can see both stars and northern lights, lots of community theatre and people with good tastes in music, and close enough to Dartmouth College that there are still occasionally things going on. Susan, what's the name of your restaurant? Weather here is moody, but for the last week has been mostly quite warm and lovely, occasionally rainy, and good sugaring weather. Not bad for lambing either.

When I'm not at home, I'm at the University of St Andrews, in St Andrews, Scotland. Fife is beautiful- I miss hills and trees, particularly trees, but I like the sea, and the rocky headlands. Weather when I left for break was gorgeous, the ground was swathed in daffodils and covered in a sea of crocuses, and the sun actually *gasp* shone! Every day for a week.

I'm a student, for all those who hadn't guessed, raised on folk music and love it... I run a bardic circle for the local SCA group, have my own theatre company in the summer in Vermont (sun, heat, humidity, and skinny dipping every night!) and only recently became addicted to Mudcat.

But I'll shut up now.

-J


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