Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Leeder Guest No More (21) Guest No More 05 Nov 01


I've just become a member after participating sporadically as a guest for a couple of years. What took me so long? Originally, I was working for a company whose workflow was becoming more uneven, I was on-line with time on my hands, I discovered this forum, but I didn't want to draw attention to myself by formalizing my participation. (Call me paranoid, but I just didn't feel comfortable with the situation.)

The company unexpectedly shut down its Calgary branch office, I opted not to relocate to Toronto, and since then I've been lowering my overhead and trying to stretch my severance to pensionable age. (Not too successfully -- I expect I'll be going to the B-list of less suitable day jobs soon.) Ironically, I'm posting less often since I've been at home with time available. For one thing, I share the home computer with a university student/fantasy writer son. For another, having to go downstairs and fire up the computer is a slight disincentive compared to being already on-line.

I don't feel any need for anonymity, so I'll go on a bit about myself. I'm 58, married, with two adult children (son and daughter) from a former marriage and one son of university age living at home. Musically, I play clawhammer-style (sort of) banjo and octave mandolin, mostly. One of my interests is Canadian traditional music (I'm still secretary of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music, as of the meetings a week ago.) I like most kinds of folk music, particularly American old-time and British traditional. I tend to prefer the traditional end of the folk music spectrum to the contemporary end, but there's lots of good stuff in the latter as well; I just find there's more mediocre stuff to wade through to find the gems. I've written a few songs and tunes that have been recorded by other people, and am working on a CD of my own (stalled by an equipment problem -- I'd hoped to have it out for Christmas, but that's not realistic now). I play in a "Celtic" group in Calgary (Scottish and Northumbrian repetertoire with some Irish and Canadian), participate in other "Celtic" sessions, and do solo gigs when they come along, which isn't all that often.

I helped run a folk club for over 11 years, until I got overloaded. I was president of the Canadian Folk Music Society for a couple of years. I've volunteered at folk festivals in various capacities (not in the last few years, though). I've been editor, co-editor and various other jobs with the Canadian Folk Music Bulletin (a quarterly publication of CSTM), and am still involved. I take part in some grassroots activities, including a singers' circle and a contra dance group.

Maybe becoming a member will be incentive to up my participation, but not in the short term -- I'm off to England to visit my daughter and check out my first grandchild, until about mid-November. Thank god for Airmiles!


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.