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Mudcat- Who is Who.

GUEST,Ellen. Cardiff. 08 Jul 05 - 07:38 PM
Peace 08 Jul 05 - 07:40 PM
Amos 08 Jul 05 - 07:42 PM
Susan of DT 08 Jul 05 - 07:53 PM
Alaska Mike 08 Jul 05 - 07:58 PM
Bill D 08 Jul 05 - 08:02 PM
jacqui.c 08 Jul 05 - 08:02 PM
GUEST,John Davenport. Skye. 08 Jul 05 - 08:39 PM
Peace 08 Jul 05 - 08:43 PM
DonMeixner 08 Jul 05 - 08:43 PM
Alaska Mike 08 Jul 05 - 08:57 PM
DonMeixner 08 Jul 05 - 09:13 PM
GUEST,khandu 08 Jul 05 - 09:15 PM
freda underhill 08 Jul 05 - 09:21 PM
Little Robyn 08 Jul 05 - 09:57 PM
Beer 08 Jul 05 - 10:20 PM
Beer 08 Jul 05 - 10:29 PM
Azizi 08 Jul 05 - 10:48 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 08 Jul 05 - 10:57 PM
katlaughing 08 Jul 05 - 11:14 PM
harpgirl 08 Jul 05 - 11:49 PM
wilbyhillbilly 08 Jul 05 - 11:58 PM
artbrooks 09 Jul 05 - 12:08 AM
Leadfingers 09 Jul 05 - 02:14 AM
Kaleea 09 Jul 05 - 02:23 AM
Matt R 09 Jul 05 - 02:24 AM
The Borchester Echo 09 Jul 05 - 03:02 AM
GUEST,The Shambles 09 Jul 05 - 03:16 AM
Genie 09 Jul 05 - 03:44 AM
The Borchester Echo 09 Jul 05 - 03:49 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 09 Jul 05 - 03:59 AM
Gurney 09 Jul 05 - 04:06 AM
Roger the Skiffler 09 Jul 05 - 04:40 AM
My guru always said 09 Jul 05 - 05:59 AM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 09 Jul 05 - 05:59 AM
InOBU 09 Jul 05 - 07:16 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 09 Jul 05 - 09:14 AM
The Fooles Troupe 09 Jul 05 - 09:43 AM
MBSLynne 09 Jul 05 - 10:19 AM
*Laura* 09 Jul 05 - 10:23 AM
GUEST,sorefingers 09 Jul 05 - 10:41 AM
Ron Davies 09 Jul 05 - 12:43 PM
Scooby Doo 09 Jul 05 - 12:45 PM
Firecat 09 Jul 05 - 12:49 PM
Firecat 09 Jul 05 - 12:50 PM
MBSLynne 09 Jul 05 - 01:02 PM
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Subject: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,Ellen. Cardiff.
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 07:38 PM

Hi all, sorry if this has asked before, I read some of these threads
the odd time at work, I support two folk clubs in South Wales, and I
will be in Sidmouth for the first time this year.
My question is, who are you all, is there anyone here I should know,
some of the people who post here I know, because they use their real
names, why do people need to use an alias on a folk music forum.
I see good, and not so good posts, on subjects that interest me, but
I would really like to know sometimes who you are, what you sing, did
you write anything I might know, etc, etc.
I suppose I could become a member, but you would still be strangers
to me, thank you for your time.

Ellen Carbury.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Peace
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 07:40 PM

Become a member and likely you'll trade messages with people who wish to give you their bio, etc.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Amos
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 07:42 PM

There have been numerous threads in the past about who we are, what we play, where we work, and what are little known facts about us. Take some time to learn how the forum and the filter works and you will find almost all the data you could ask for!


A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Susan of DT
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 07:53 PM

Look for mudcat tee shirts at folk gatherings. Look in the quick links for a picture of Max wearing one so you know what to look for.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 07:58 PM

In the drop down box at the top right side of the page there is a heading called "Member Photos and Info". You can select the individual you wish to know more about and click on their photo to see what they look like or pull up their bio information under Profiles. Not all the Mudcatters have posted photos or info, but many have.

My name is Mike Campbell and I live in Anchorage, Alaska. I use the name Alaska Mike as an informal descriptive "handle". Those who post regularly to this forum know who I am and what kind of music I write and sing.

Become a member. Try it, you'll like it.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:02 PM

there are a 'few' members who make an effort to NOT list real names, *(or not full names, anyway) but most just like their clever screen names, and would admit privately who they really are. (Some of us don't really care...my full name is in the threads in many places)

The thing is, Google finally found Mudcat after several years, and now seems to be actually indexing a lot of the threads, so posting a real name when you'd rather not be found in a search can be a problem...but Google can't read inside private messages, so being a member IS an advantage.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: jacqui.c
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:02 PM

I'll second that Mike. The members' profiles can make interesting reading but some members you will only get to know by reading their posts over a period of time.

It doesn't cost anything to become a member but does give access to pms to other members and the auction.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,John Davenport. Skye.
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:39 PM

I beleive the Mudcat cafe would be a more authorative source on the subject of folk music if I knew the real identities of those professing to know about varios sugjects raised here would use real names,opinions are one thing, but those who can really answer questions raised here are often contadictory, and are confusing to those of us who would rather here from musicians, songwriters, and singers whose word we could really trust.
I find the facts of those using nik-names to be often wrong, at best. having said that the digital tradition is very helpfull.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Peace
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:43 PM

Usually, when the issue is one of discussing personal experience with other folk, or personal experience with particular songs, the poster will identify him or herself. For example, you are posting as JD from Skye. But you have a GUEST prefix. What the would give your post any credence, because in fcat you could be anyone. No offense.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: DonMeixner
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:43 PM

Hi Ellen,

Great to meet you.

My real name is Don Meixner and I live in New York where I'm known by assumed name of Don Meixner. You will notice if you read many threads that I have a thing about people using a name in their threads. Any name, real or imagined, I just like to have a name to talk to. Ellen is a great name.

You can find a little about me in the bios at www.theflyincolumn.com

Don


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 08:57 PM

I find that Mudcat is just fine the way it is,Guest John. There is, in fact, an enormous wealth of knowledge regarding songs, singers and music in general, but most of us come here to converse with our friends and find out what's happening in the various locations where our friends reside.

We meet here to brag, console, laugh, inform, argue, share, whine, etc, etc. On ocassion, we even find ways to meet other members face to face and share our songs and stories over a glass or two. Non members are always welcome here to ask their questions, make their own observations, or join in the fun. If you want an "authorative source on the subject of folk music", this is it. But you will have to take it or leave it just the way it is.

Best wishes,
Mike


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: DonMeixner
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 09:13 PM

Hi John,

Great to meet you too.

Mudcat has members who are record producers, well known songwriters, living legends (Sandy and Caroline, Art, Jean, Dick, Kendall) and some legends in the making (Bruce, well he's more of a rumor but we are working on that). We have some noted folklorists from this side of the pond (Frank). And we have some of the great singers in folkmusic today that stop by just to chew the fat.

We find academia to be important but social academia makes it better. Some times its nice to know that the guy you've been discussing whaling songs with also knows the Jaguar electrical system better than it's inventor, Joseph Lucas, The Prince of Darkness.

Stop by, have fun, pick a fight, win a friend.

Don


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,khandu
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 09:15 PM

I do not use my "real" name because cannot be pronounced properly. It is spelled "Ken Whitfield" & looks as though it should be pronounced "Ken Whitfield" but it is not. Tell the truth, I have not used it in so long, I have forgotten exactly how it is pronounced. When I tried to say it just now, it came out as something like "Ken Whitfield".

But it is of no matter because you do not know me, have never heard of me, and probably never shall.

But there are some great folk here whose name can be pronounced and some of whom you have surely heard. I, like others before me, encourage you to join and hang around and get to know us. There are some worthy discussions here!

Ken


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: freda underhill
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 09:21 PM

Hi Ellen

my mudcat name is Freda Underhill ( a relative of a certain Frodo Baggins/ Underhill when going incognito) and I work for a place that would flip if I spoke on the web under my real name (which is nothing like freda). writing as Freda gives me a freedom to say what i really would like to say.

welcome to Mudcat (occasionally known as madcap) - a wealth of music information and a network of great people!

best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Little Robyn
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 09:57 PM

Hi Ellen, my details and photos are in the personal files but you'll probably need to join to find them.
My real name is Robyn and I'm not very big, hence the name, but you won't see me at any British or American festivals because I live in New Zealand!
Cheers,
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Beer
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 10:20 PM

Hi Ellen,
My handle is Beer. I'm not very active because of other commitments but I do come back now and then. My birth name is Adrien Doucette. born in Prince Edward Island but for the past 36 years live in a wee town just outside Montreal Canada.
Join us.
Beer


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Beer
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 10:29 PM

Also run a folk festival at the following site. www.ormstownfair.com Just thought you might like to have a look.
Beer


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Azizi
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 10:48 PM

Hi Ellen,

My name is Azizi Powell. I post here as Azizi. Sometimes I sign my posts "Azizi Powell" or "Ms Azizi" or "Sista Azizi".

I startd adding a 'title' to my name from time to time because for what ever reason, some folks mistook me for a male {I mean, what's that all about??!!].

I don't play any instrument or sing professionally-unless you count the rhymes that I sing in interactive presentations that I conduct in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area on children's game songs, rhymes, and cheers.

I love to read Mudcat threads and I love interacting with such an interesting, diverse, intelligent, creative group of people.

Please join us!


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 10:57 PM

Yes!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 11:14 PM

One more thing, you may also click on any poster's name, at the top of any of their postings. That will take you to the first few lines of every post they've ever made so that you may pick and choose the ones that interest you and learn a bit about those posters.

Some people post under nicknames because of who they are in the real world...they value their ablity to not have to be "on stage" when they come to Mudcat. Having said that, though, I can think of two of them, Jean Ritchie and Roy Harris, well three, actually, including Harvey Andrews, who have been quite upfront with who they are and being MOST helpful. That goes along with the earlier posting noting our beloved Art Thieme, Sandy & Caroline Paton of Folk Legacy Records, Dick Greenhaus of Camsco and owner of the DT, plus scads more of people who really know their stuff! There are also many who have degrees but they don't shove them in anyone's face.

I guess what I am saying is don't take it for granted that someone under a nickname is NOT someone "big" in the folk/blues, etc. world. They often are.

I've been here over 7 years now and still learn every day. You can google me as Kat LaFrance (my real name) and find out a bit more, as well as from my postings.

Welcome to the Mudcat...it's worth being a member, imo.

kat


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: harpgirl
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 11:49 PM

hey, I'm out standing in my field....


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 11:58 PM

I hope its not raining


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: artbrooks
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 12:08 AM

Hi. My use-name is my own name, Art Brooks. I'd rather just use Art, but that's taken. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and think of myself as part of that group that is vital to every musician...the audience. I hang out in the MudChat a lot...please join us there, but you do have to be a member to participate.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:14 AM

Hi Ellen - All I can do is re-iterate whats been said about joining , and having a look at the Members Info page . The piccy on MY profile was taken by a friend at Sidmouth a couple or s0 years ago , and i will be there again this year . Drop in to the New Tavern for a sing/play/chat .


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Kaleea
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:23 AM

From what I've seen here over the past few years, I believe that the folks who spend time here are pretty good folks. To assume that members who post under a nickname will give unreliable information sounds unreliable to me.
    By the way, "Kaleea" is my 'personage of indigenous peoples of North American ancestry' nick name--a shortened form of my personage of indigenous peoples of North American ancestry language name--which was given to me when I became an adult--sort of like Bas Mitzvah. My "real" given name (in english) is "Voice of Many Waters." I won't go into the my entire name in my personage of indigenous peoples of North American ancestry language because it is long, and difficult for most people to pronounce and spell. I won't even go into my Irish last name, it would take too long. Happy now? Will this give more authenticity to my posts now?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Matt R
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:24 AM

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 03:02 AM

Who am I?

I've always lived in a mansion
On the other side of the moon.
I've always kept a unicorn
And I never sing out of tune


I have a real name I don't like even though my parents went to the bother of getting a priest from outside the parish to baptise me because the incumbent regarded the name as 'heathen'. Countess Richard is a non-appearing character in Child #68 Young Hunting/Earl Richard. Each is an example of life mirroring art in a convoluted sort of way.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,The Shambles
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 03:16 AM

My question is, who are you all, is there anyone here I should know, some of the people who post here I know, because they use their real names, why do people need to use an alias on a folk music forum.

The only poster that you "should know" - and to always say nice things about - is Joe Offer. He does have some volunteers - to assist in imposing their personal judgement on the worth of your postings - but these volunteers will remain anonymous and their number unknown.

I may even be one of them. *Smiles*

Why the need for all this on a folk music forum? That is a very good question.............

Despite all the vain efforts over many years to try and turn this public discussion forum into an exclusive private members club - the reality remains - that who you may be, matters little - it is what you post on our forum that is really important.
    Thank you for your kinds words, Shambles. I've missed you. You're certainly nicer than those people who accuse me of doing the exact opposite of what you accuse me of.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Genie
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 03:44 AM

Well, Ellen, I'm certainly no bigwig in the folk music world, and my Mudcattery is sporadic.   But I often reveal bits and pieces of personal info in this or that thread -- which is the main reason I post as "Genie" here instead of under my real name.   I guess anyone who really wanted to 'stalk' me and commandeer my personal info could do that easily enough by making up a fake name and address and joining Mudcat, which would give them access to my personal profile, photos, etc.   But at least that's an extra few steps -- which might dissuade a lot of people.   

In any case, if you want to know who I am, just PM me. I think most of us will reveal our real names to folks who PM us. It's usually no big mystery.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 03:49 AM

most of us will reveal our real names to folks who PM us

. . . oh, yes, you can PM me too. It's what most people do when they've lost my email (possibly when they've deleted my last one in a rage . . .)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 03:59 AM

Where in south Wales? I was singing in Swansea & Wessex less than a year ago.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Gurney
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 04:06 AM

PM means private message, which only members can do.

As they say, jump in, the water is fine, and even the whine is entertaining.

As a guest up there mentioned, Mudcat would be more authoritative if we were posting under our own names, but wait a minute, we're folkies, and therefore anti-establishment! Well, not really. Maybe a bit cynical.

I've been here a couple of years, and apart from a couple of members and random 'guests', haven't seen much acrimony, just normal controversy. Join us.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 04:40 AM

John Davenport of Skye thinks that those who post under nicknames get things wrong. Well, I'm usually wrong but posting under my real name (easily found from the Member's Profiles) wouldn't make me any more accurate! As others have said, to avoid spam and unwanted e-mails I don't use my slightly unusual surname in the open forum but many Mudcatters know it from the more private personal messages (PMs) available to members.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 05:59 AM

Hi Ellen, I know a fair few Catters, mostly in the UK, but some in Wales too - North & South. I go to lots of Festivals & will be at Sidmouth too but probably ensconced in the Middle Bar of The Anchor for most of the time.
A lot of UK Catters wear either the Mudcat Tshirt or a Badge to identify ourselves, so look out for these badges at festivals and clubs you go to. It'll have the Mudcat Logo on and the Badges have our Mudcat handle on them too!
Look forward to meeting you sometime,
Hil


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 05:59 AM

Hi Ellen,

Welcome to the virtual home of the friendliest, most helpful, bunch of people you will ever meet. Names don't seem to be as important here as in the 3D world outside.

What counts is how we interact, and how we treat each other. Respect is everything.

I am Don Thompson, from Kent, and I'm a singer/songwriter and folk club organiser. My Mudcat handle comes from the fact that the name I use when gigging is Wysiwyg (What you see is what you get). As you will have gathered from that, my act is largely humour based.

No pic posted as yet. I haven't found one yet that I like, and I don't want to frighten other members.

I'll be at Sidmouth too. Look me up at the Bedford, or the Swan.

I'll be wearing a Mudcat badge, and playing a guitar with WYSIWYG printed right across the scratch plate.

Do join Mudcat, it's a rather special community.

Look forward to meeting you
Don T.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: InOBU
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 07:16 AM

http://plaininthecity.blogspot.com/ <- that is the whole catastrophy... the rest of Lorcan Otway ( InOBU... In One Big Union ) is found on the first link at the bottom of that site, Photographs of an odd little life, or on my CDs...

Thy friend
lor


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 09:14 AM

Hey, don't assume that people who use nicknames are any less knowledgeable than people wot use their real names. Knowing everyone's real name wouldn't give you any more of a clue as to who are the "experts" in here. We all add what we know to the pot, and it makes a very tasty stew. Besides, the opinions we express in here outmeasure the "facts" about 200 to one. And that's probably just about the right ratio...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 09:43 AM

"but those who can really answer questions raised here are often contradictory, and are confusing to those of us who would rather hear from musicians, songwriters, and singers whose word we could really trust."

Sigh, that's real life - sorting the bull from the dust....

"I find the facts of those using nick-names to be often wrong, at best. Having said that the digital tradition is very helpful."

Anonymous GUESTS are not always wrong. And if you don't know anything, how would you know some of the advice that sounds strange and unusual is NOT correct? As for contradictory - just how many ways can you play say, a D major chord on for example, a guitar? Hehehe... and we won't even go into how the strings are tuned at all....

Robin


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 10:19 AM

Yes...join Mudcat. You're wrong to say "I could become a member but you would still all be strangers to me". I've only been a member for a couple of years but in that time I've made so many friends here I can hardly count them all. And some of them have become people I would confide in, trust and I know would help me if I were in trouble. I've had people I've never seen come and stay at my house on several occasions and I've stayed at the house of a Mudcatter I'd never met, who is now added to the ever lengthening list of friends. There are some total prats on here, but they are definitely in the minority. I hate to paraphrase in such a tcky way but "Mudcatters are all friends you haven't met yet"

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: *Laura*
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 10:23 AM

Well - I'm Laura.
I had to use my real name really because I came across Mudcat when making a request for recordings.
Although I did have some fun at one point when I lost my cookie!

xLx


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 10:41 AM

Since you are in Wales which is the home of good singing, I confess I have never been other than myself.

Course this is the internet, not a Pub/Bar, so we can be whatever we chose.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Ron Davies
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 12:43 PM

Welcome!

Above the line (music topics) you'll find everybody tries their best to help you get the information you're looking for--and amazingly fast.

Below the line ----non-music----well, anything goes--but as long as you know that, I'm sure you can deal with it.

It's a free-wheeling community, full of characters----and ferociously addictive.

Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 12:45 PM

Ellen,
I live in Llantrisant nr Pontyclun,Just off juction 34 of the M4 why dont you come to our folk club on a Wednesday night.This Wednesday coming we have 40 shanty session people from San Francisco coming to sing it is only a pound to come in.Come over.
Scooby


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Firecat
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 12:49 PM

I'm me!

Seriously though, it is worth looking for badges to identify Mudcats. Mind you, I'm biased cos my dad makes them!!!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Firecat
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 12:50 PM

I'm really called Katy and I'm 21.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 01:02 PM

Well I'm Lynne...and I'm not 21


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: frogprince
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:01 PM

Apart from the mudcat, I'm an unknown to the folk world; I write a few songs, and wish ta heck I could sing or play, to help give them a little more chance at "life". My wife sings beautifully, but not professionally, and gets an occasional chance to do some of my stuff.
A few people in our area know me for photography and other art. You can see a little of my stuff at

    www.geocities.com/jadelapeer

Hold your nose and jump in; there are lots of folks more interesting than me here. I've been "here" for about a year, and have had a whole lot of laughs, the odd moment of disgust, and some moments of genuine inspiration.      
                   Dean the frogprince.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Justa Picker
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:03 PM

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice with my bare hands. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees. I write award winning operas. I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for 3 days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and god-like trombone playing. I can pilot bicycles up several inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook thirty-minute brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play blue grass cello. I was scouted by the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after work I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy formal attire. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and won the weekend passes.

Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dinning room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations with the CIA. I sleep once a week: and when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in northern Quebec, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prize winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff diving competitions in Sri Lanka and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open heart surgery and I have spoken to Elvis.

But I have YET to meet an entirely honest person on the Internet!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:28 PM

"But I have YET to meet an entirely honest person on the Internet!

gee, JP...me either.

but *I* can say that I have NEVER watched a complete episode of Oprah Winfrey!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat- Who is Who.
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jul 05 - 02:52 PM

Aw, Picker, you're too cynical. We have lots of honest people right here.

I have to say that I agree with people who are reluctant to reveal personal information about themselves on the Internet - there ARE many dishonest people who use the Internet as a gold mine of personal information that they can exploit.

I use my own name here and I'm fairly open about myself, but I geep secrets about things. Every August, there's a guessing game here about what may actual birthday is, because it's well-known that I don't think it's a good idea to reveal one's date of birth publicly. I also don't think it's a good idea to post your address, phone number, or travel plans. I didn't announce the death of my mother because it was a private time for me and my family. Others find solace on sad occasions in the goodness of the community here, so they reveal stuff like that.

You have to balance the advantages with the risks whenever you reveal personal information on the Internet.

-Joe Offer-


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