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Thread #56389   Message #886462
Posted By: smike
09-Feb-03 - 09:20 PM
Thread Name: .the Ian Campbell Folk Group
Subject: RE: .the Ian Campbell Folk Group
Re:Andy Smith's banjos. Andy was a fine engineer, and he made some brilliant banjos with no hint of sadness about the activity, and I suggest you may care to look elsewhere for that, Steve. Mike James is indeed alive and well and , at the moment, I am playing cittern with Birmingham's own Irish convert, Tommy Dempsey, but where on earth you got the idea from that I should have been in possession of Andy's square banjo, Steve, I have no printable conception. I did several gigs with Andy and the Smith Family, and I once made an experimental ceramic tone ring for another of his banjos. Folks may not be aware, as I was only recently informed, that Andy is not in the best of health (I have not seen him for a number of years), and is tragically suffering from Huntington's Chorea, the illness which struck down Woody Guthrie.
As for Ian Campbell, I believe he now lives in Kilkenny, and is also not in the best of health.