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Thread #155773   Message #3667769
Posted By: bubblyrat
10-Oct-14 - 07:10 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
Subject: RE: Sidmouth, young and old: a concern
The Anchor is a "hotbed" of what we used to call "Finger -in-ear " traditionalism ,and woe betide anyone who turns up with a guitar or other instrument !! I console myself by thinking "I guess they can't play an instrument themselves !!" ----not true, of course ; many of them are good instrumentalists , but it is the attitude , the sense of superiority ,that can be galling .Ditto the attitude in The Bedford ; for YEARS now I have turned up to ( even initiated !) an "American Old Time" session, and watched the disapproving looks of those who think my guitar (an Avalon with cutaway and Fishman controls ) is entirely unsuitable (it should,of course,be a beat-up old Martin !! ).

            But I am 67 now , and don't really give a monkey's ! If the people in the Radway don't want me to play Irish tunes, then I shall go elsewhere . But I miss the "Old Days" ; sitting on the beach at Jacobs Ladder round a huge fire ; playing with the Jan Steen Nederlandse Danse Groep ( I THINK I got that right ) in the Churchhouse Lawn Marquee ;playing for free drinks in the Black Horse; Yelling "Eff Off" as the shitehawks stream out of town when the fireworks go off !! --I miss those days , "Anon" , but you have them to LOOK FORWARD TO !! (except the Dutch dancers ).