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CRANKY YANKEE Luthier Todd Farnham of Tiverton RI (20) RE: TODD FARNHAM of Tiverton RI 30 Dec 01

I fell asleep in the middle of what I wanted to say, following this last post, and decided I had to get some sleep after a very wearying day of writing, trying to ballance the names , "Elenore, karlina, edith Bailey", thusly: ELENORE

You Mudcatters are a very welcome addiction in my cluttered life. and It's hard to ignore "The call of the Mudcat"

sThat's why I fell asleep at the computer.

Now I continue with my performance qualifications.

We used to have a tadition, in Newport, of New Years Eve, family oriented. non alcoholic performances by local people, (like Paul Geremia, Leroy White, Jim McGRath, Ed Girly, Jon Campbell, me, etc.) at different venues throughout the city, and finishing with a fireworks display at 10.00pm. My 8:00 to 10:00 gig, at the Seamen's Church Institute, has been Standing Room only for the past several years, ith people lined up outside. They tell me that some of them come from other areas of the country, specifically for my bit.

This could have paid for my airplane ticket, but the Newport Cultural Commission cancelled this year's, " Opening Night"

I need a gig or two within the next week to get me to Miami. I give you my word, my performance is worth the price. I play Guitar,(without a capo)Banjo, (with a capo, but who doesn't?) mandolin, Steel guitar, Bass and a little fiddle. I also have the background and harmony tracks from my CD's that were recorded at ROSE ISLAND MUSIC (located in my attic) on which all the instruments and voicxes are me, and with which I sing and/or play along with. There are, in addition, twobackground and harmony tracks that were pieced together, using the instrumental breaks repeatedly, for bacikground. One of them, a TETRA recording from 1957, on which I played the banjo instrumental break, anyway,. entitled "2i years" which was overloaded with "echo" which interfered with the singing , was intrusive, made it sound sour, and was a poorly written version of "Worried Man Blues". The background track, pieced together from the banjo break, allowed me to redo the lead singing track, using the traditional lyrics. The new vocal track cured the problem. Also, My Parlophone recording of San Antonio Rose, of which I only had the tape I'd sent to my parents, in 1960, had been accidentally erased up to the first middle eight. So I, again, pieced together a lead in and background for the first 16 bars, from the guitar instrumental break. This worked even better than "Worried Man Blues". I can't find the "punch ins" even though I know where they are.

I don't like this "beating my own Drum" bit, but there is no other way, and this is an emergency.

A Demo CD which will include all of my last CD, "Spanning the Decades, 1957-2000" plus the aforementioned backgound tracks, without lead singing. is available upon request. The recent ROSE ISLAND recordings include, Farewell to Tarwaithe, Heave away Johnny, All for me Grog, Paddy lay back, all traditional, maritime. Keep on Fishin', Fredericks of galilee, Foxwood Polka and The Providence Waltz, written by Jon Campbell (or Rhode Island). and The D Day Dodgers written by Lt Hamish Henderson of the 51st Highland Brigade (WW II.) All instruments and all voices are by Jody Gibson. Paddy lay Back, has imitations of Popeye, Porky Pig, Capt. Herb Spinney and Capt Barclay Warburton III in the semi-sober "Mob of Sailors" singing the chorus.

PLEASE reply here in the Mudcat P.M.'s or by regular mail to Jody Gibson, 36 Charles St. Newport, RI 02840. Also

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