Mudcat Café message #822775 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52976   Message #822775
Posted By: Barbara Shaw
10-Nov-02 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding in Branford, CT again!!
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding in Branford, CT again!!
Report from Connecticut: Rick & Heather just left our house a few minutes ago. What a GREAT concert and what a GREAT time we had!

Rick was in fine form at the coffeehouse, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, a Dobro-like contrivance with another guitar, telling hilarious stories, singing his heart out with that beautiful voice before a very receptive audience. Great stuff.

He also called Jerry Rasmussen up to do two songs, so I finally got to hear him. He did two wonderful songs that he wrote: Handful of Songs and Old Blue Suit. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and enjoyed meeting Jerry and his wife Ruth.

Then, Frank and I and Reynaud (with Vixen taking photos) joined Rick on two songs, with Rick on guitar, Frank on banjo, Reynaud on mandolin and myself on bass. And we all LIVED!

After the concert, several mudats including Rick & Heather, BBC and Duane D and Tiger (with wife Nora) and Paul & Louis (with wife Anna) from ShoreGrass and Vixen & Reynaud & friend Terry and Barbara Ruth from BFMS all came back to our house for a little session. BBC made her autoharp debut and did a great job singing and playing. No more excuses, she can play! Duane knocked us out with his mastery of the bowed psaltery. Rick jumped around from instrument to instrument, even playing some amazing fiddle breakdowns, a couple of songs on the bass, just show him a stringed instrument and he's so good you want to burn your instrument, except it was your instrument he was playing!

The last song happened around 2:30 a.m. and a fine almost 24 hours of music was had by all.