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Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?

Charley Noble 12 Aug 01 - 08:03 PM
JedMarum 12 Aug 01 - 10:13 PM
JedMarum 12 Aug 01 - 10:13 PM
Sorcha 12 Aug 01 - 10:25 PM
DonMeixner 12 Aug 01 - 11:57 PM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 13 Aug 01 - 01:08 AM
GUEST,Callie 13 Aug 01 - 01:24 AM
Charley Noble 13 Aug 01 - 08:30 AM
Callie 13 Aug 01 - 02:28 PM
Charley Noble 13 Aug 01 - 02:55 PM
JennieG 13 Aug 01 - 09:04 PM
Charley Noble 15 Aug 01 - 11:04 AM
JennieG 15 Aug 01 - 11:25 PM
Bob Bolton 16 Aug 01 - 05:41 AM
Charley Noble 16 Aug 01 - 10:54 AM
Bob Bolton 16 Aug 01 - 09:16 PM
Charley Noble 16 Aug 01 - 10:28 PM
GUEST,John in Brisbane 28 Aug 01 - 12:25 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 28 Aug 01 - 01:46 AM
alison 28 Aug 01 - 04:45 AM
Charley Noble 28 Aug 01 - 09:51 AM
alison 28 Aug 01 - 10:21 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 29 Aug 01 - 01:33 AM
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Charley Noble 29 Aug 01 - 08:59 AM
Charley Noble 30 Aug 01 - 10:14 AM
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Subject: 5-String Banjo in Australia?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 08:03 PM

I'm planning to venture forth into Australia for a few weeks beginning in December, initially basing myself in an old friend's house in Sydney. I'd rather not bring my personal 5-string banjo, an old S.S. Stewart with me, and I''m wondering what my best option is for begging, borrowing, stealing or purchasing such an instrument there. I hear there's a fine music store called The Folkways. I would appreciate any serious advice, and even some frivalous comments.

I'm also planning to track down some of the local Mudcats at their hangout at the Hotel Shannon, make a side trip to Blackheath, head out to Cairns, and then spend more time in Sydney.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JedMarum
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 10:13 PM

I think you'll need to be careful about using a local 5 string in OZ. You'll find, owing to the gravitational pull of the moon and opposing wind currents that the fifth string is placed on the opposite side of the neck. It seems a bit strange, but if you play in front of a mirror for a few days, your brain will make the transposition - and it'll be smooth sailing from there on out.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JedMarum
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 10:13 PM

;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 10:25 PM

Ah Jed, LMAO! You silly!


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 11:57 PM

My god, I never thought of that Jed. What will it do to a circle of fifths?

Don


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 01:08 AM

I don't know if you got my last email Charley bedause I got a bunch of them back as undelivered at about that time.

As I said, I can't help you with the banjo, but do email me if you didn't get my last one.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Callie
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 01:24 AM

Hi Charley

Dont try Folkways - its a cd shop!! Instead, try Accordions & FOlk, and even some guitar shops. Im happy to help you out and do some ringing around for you if you can be specific about what youre after. I can also put the word out through the folk network and see if you could borrow one. Send me a personal mail and we can take it from there.

regards Callie


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 08:30 AM

Sigh...Not as brutal as I expected although I'll have to airdry the keyboard again to remove residual coffee...I suspected I might have particular problems playing the banjo, but I have been practicing while standing on my head. Fortunately, I do not play bluegrass style but an older form of 3-finger picking.

Murray, I did get your e-mail and Blackheath is definitely on the trek for 12/5 and 12/6 and I'd love to join your session at The Ivanhoe.

Callie, thanks for the info on instrument shops. I'm not terrribly optimistic about finding something I'll be comfortable playing in Sydney. I favor what we call old-timey open-backed instruments such as S.S. Stewart (mine's an Orchester model) or Vega Whyte Lady. Even when I've looking for a 2nd banjo I'm likely to be picky. Do you attend the sessions at the Shannon? I could make the ones on 12/7 and 12/14 if they're really happening. How are they run? Unfortunately, I'll miss out on the session at The Loaded Dog. Are there other sessions of interest in the greater Sydney area? I do mostly nautical songs and drinking songs, either traditional or traditional sounding.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Callie
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 02:28 PM

Hi Charley

Besides sending you a PM, I forgot to mention that I think your repertoire will fit in really well here, so sing your shanties without fear!

The Shannon is a sing around with many people doing chorus songs. Friday nights around 9.30pm to midnight.

There are no other sessions for singers except for ones that we can organise for you!

Ive also just re-read your posting and notice that youre coming in December. Early rather than late December is best, as we tend to close down over summer (from, say, a week or 2 before Christimas and through January).

best wishes Callie


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 02:55 PM

Now I've been reading all about poisonous beasties in Australia. This is all fiction, right? The kind of stories like we tell to tourists visiting us in Maine, just to unsettle them a little monstrous lobsters that drag little children kicking and screaming into the surf, mosquitoes as large as condors that swoop down...;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JennieG
Date: 13 Aug 01 - 09:04 PM

And when you venture into the bush be careful of the drop bears - they are vicious little buggers, they are -
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 11:04 AM

"Drop Bears", OK. I wonder if they're as mean as the "Croco-Gators"?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JennieG
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 11:25 PM

I think they are probably genetic first cousins! Just take care when walking under big gum trees (or eucalypts if you prefer); make sure you are wearing a hard hat. *grin*
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 05:41 AM

G'day Charlie,

Don't worry about those spiders ... the Blue Mts Funnelwebs are nowhere near as poisonous as the North Sydney variety (making them only the second-most venomous spiders in the world). The poisonous snakes (copperheads are first cousin to cobras ... but more vemomous) stay away from the Blackheath session - as long as they throw in a few Irish songs and keep the serpents in fear of St Patrick.

I see, now I get my mind to read American dating order, that you will have to choose between Alison's Toongabbie Music Club on the 7th of December or the Shannon Session. I'll see if we can tempt Alison (and, maybe, Alan of Oz) down to the 'Big Smoke' on Friday 14th.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 10:54 AM

Surely, there's a parody of "Itsy-Bitsy Spider" with appropriate howls...Blue Mts Funnelwebs...back to the reference books...hmmmmm.:-0


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 09:16 PM

G'day Charlie,

The Funnelweb occasionally encountered in the Blue Mts would be atrax formidabilis while the Sydney Funnelweb is atrax robustus. The latter is considered the deadliest spider in the world ... but there's about 4,000,000 people in Sydney who have never seen one! (And there are definitely none anywhere near the Shannon.)

You could probably coax someone to sing The Redback on the Toilet Seat ... or I could be moved to give you The Spider by the Gwydir, about uncomfortable encounters with another bitey resident, latrodectus hasseltii, but Redbacks are comparatively harmless ... only a local variant of your Black Widow latrodectus maculatus,

I mentioned Copperhead snakes to Liam's Brother a while back, in relation to an incidental encouter (fatal to the Copperhead, not me). He replied that there is a snake called a Copperhead in America ... and it is kind of deadly, which got the usual Australian reply "Yeah, but not as deadly as this one!".

It was a few weeks later that he e-mailed and said he had just watched a nature documentary on snakes - and they said "Of the world's 10 deadliest snakes ... 10 live in Australia!" Probably true, but we don't have to walk around the shopping centres with snakebite kits in our back pockets. I see quite a few deadly snakes, which is more than the average Aussie does, but I leave them alone and they reciprocate.

Friends living in the Blue Mts are involved in wildlife rescue ... and that includes snakes. Helen horrified my wife Patricia by stepping outside the hose with a sugar-bag and a forky stick ... and bagging a pair of Copperheads ... to release them somewhere safer (for the snakes!).

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 10:28 PM

Bob, thanks for your tactful reassurance. Judy and I are pleased that inhabitants of your side of the world co-exist peacefully with poisonous spiders, snakes and croco-gators. I'm now checking Travelsmith for Kelvar long underwear.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,John in Brisbane
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 12:25 AM

Charley, apart from Bob's friendly assurances there really are some mean critters around once you cross the border into Queensland. You should take notice of the risks from estuarine crocodiles and box jelly-fish around Cairns, But the biggest risk to tourists in SE Queensland is drowning in the surf beaches. Swim in a patrolled area and you will be fine. Apart from that, don't spend too long in the sun and try to avoid the airline food.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 01:46 AM

Charley. I saw a Saga 5 string banjo at Dixons Music in Chatswood and a 5 string banjo at Venue Music in the city. I don't know if they would be willing to hire them out. I will contact them tomorrow.

Bob ain't kiddin'

Murray


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 04:45 AM

Charley, I have a friend in Sydney who fixes up and sells banjos... he might be able to help you out... drop me a line and I'll give you an address.....

the loaded dog isn't really a session as much as a "sit down and be entertained" folk club... although you might be able to get a floor spot.....

the one I run Toongabbie Music Club does have a session... there are details of other folk clubs etc. at the Folk Australia site

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 09:51 AM

Plans are firming up. We arrive in Sydney on Saturday, December 1; take off for Blackheath for a few days, return to Sydney, fly out to Cairns for a few days, return to Sydney and fly out Friday, December 21.

Alison, the Toongabbie Session does sound interesting. What time does it begin and how long does it generally run, how does it run, and I'm assuming that the general location is somewhere in Sydney's western suburbs?

We'll probably try for the Shannon Pub Session 12/7, assuming we can find our way back to Sydney from the Blackheath Session.

It's good to hear there are options for aquiring 5-string banjos, other than leaving the window open in our rental car after parking it on some dark street.

We do respect the many warnings we have been provided about life threatening Australian critters, although we are probably more of a threat to them.

Does anyone have a favorite B&B to recommend in the greater Blackheath area?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 10:21 AM

Charlie.. the website gives you most of the info... but you would be at our Christmas party if you were there 14th Dec..... so food, drink, carols, and music.......

there are heaps of places to stay in and around Blackheath... Murray will be able to sort you out there I'm sure.....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 01:33 AM

The Gardiners Inn Hotel is a decent B&B, although the B is on the scanty side. You can also stay at the Ivanhoe Hotel itself. The Ivanhoe offers an accomodation service. I will get the details.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 01:37 AM

I meant to say, Blackheath Folk is not a sessions either. It is a sit down and be entertained, Floor spots are freely available, however.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Aug 01 - 08:59 AM

Murray Wondering which "B" is on the scanty side?

"Floor spots are freely available," does that mean that other "guests" could arrange to sing a song and if so, how? We have quite a variety of music gatherings here ranging from concerts, open-mike sign-ups, regimented song circles, to free-for-all sessions and I would like to avoid doing something arkward in Blackheath; I'm quite happy to sit and be entertained if that is what's happening that evening; who is scheduled to be the entertainer and what kind of music do they do?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 10:14 AM

In a PM, Bob Bolten suggested that the Loaded Dog might have an early Session on Saturday December 8th, instead of its usual 4th Saturday slot. I've gotten mixed feedback as to whether this venue is actually a "session," any thoughts? And Bob was saying that the location was in Annandale which falls through the grid of the maps we're looking at in our stack of genuine Australian guide books; can anyone clarify the location so that someone parachuting in might land there?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 08:30 PM

it's NOT a session... its a "sit back and be entertained" + a few floor spots... you'll probably be there for their Christmas party too.... check out the link to Folk Australia above..... it'll give you details....

check your maps again Charlie... its basically right beside Glebe, Annandale community Centre, Johnston St, Annandale.

there are sessions around the place... most of the hotels in the Rocks have "Irish" type sessions...

callie.... is the Carlisle one still on?

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 02:24 AM

G'day Charlie,

The Dog is generally is generally a concert format that starts with 3 or 4 floor spots by non-booked singers /reciters /occasionally players. Greg has just advised me: Don't have anyone booked for December at this stage.

My usual format is that I do it on the second or third Saturday in December, and I usually book one act, and then run a blackboard for the rest of the night. I also incorporate a "party" atmosphere by throwing on free food and drink on the night, and encourage lots of festive type participation. I therefore try to tailor an act that In book to that style of evening.

To date I have had the Fagans 2 years ago, and the Shiny Bum Singers last year. So I am looking for a suitable act to fit that "party" type format.

I take this to mean it will be on, it will be mostly a blackboard night - performers can write their names up and are in the bill. (In contrast to my sole visit to Toongabbie ... before Alison took over ... when you didn't have a hope in hades of singing if you were born more that 5 blocks away ... and even then the person running the show ran a review in the state folk mag and complained of 'foreigners' taking up the singing spots. I hear things are much better today!)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 02:34 AM

must have been LONG before I took over!!... I don't remember it being like that and I've been there 8 years!!!

come and visit us again Bob.. I think you'll be VERY pleasantly surprised....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 02:37 AM

G'day Alison:

It was Alan of Oz's 50th birthday party. Maybe that affected the format ...

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 03:00 AM

that was a special night.... if I remember rightly the Fagans were the guests and we had a room full of people... so probably floor spots were hard to come by.... but I wasn't really there for long... I'd just had a baby and popped in to say "hi".... so I can't really comment on what went on....

but I'd hate to think we have that sort of reputation.... it's not like that at all........

I don't have guest nights anymore..... most people who come along want to play.... so I give them what they want......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 09:46 AM

Well, I think I can find the Loaded Dog, now that a few more clues have been provided. I just trek on down Johnston Street following the hair of the dog.

Wonder what "floor spots" are and "running a blackboard?" Maybe it's a sign-up for those with running shoes...It does sound like the Loaded Dog is a better place to try singing than our favorite pub, the Press Room over in New Hampshire, a place where you have to crank up your voice several steps to be heard above the general roar, and then be heard no more for the rest of the evening while your vocal chords cool off.

Bob mentioned by PM a few nautical singers who hang out in Sydney. Any chance of hooking up with them? Are they card-carrying Mudcats?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Callie
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 05:05 PM

Not many Mudcatters are Aussie folkies, or the other way round. But I'm happy to organise a gathering of the nautical ones, once I have specifics.

The Loaded Dog can be a little hard to find. If we know you're a definite, i'll ask the organiser if you can have a spot (say a couple o' songs) and then stand out the front and wave banjoes so you know where it is!

There is still a trad Irish session at the Carlisle Castle Hotel on Sat nights. It tends to be a bit exclusive. A lot of people go, but there's a definite in-crowd kinda feel, and also the feeling that you've got to play a certain way or a certain repertoire or else you're deemed to be unsuitable to receive the free whisky at the end of the night.

I'm just back (literally) from overseas travel, Charley. I haven't asked around about a banjo yet. As soon as I find my sea legs as it were I'll get cracking!

Callie


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 05:35 PM

Callie, welcome back and thanks for your additional information. I would love to sing a couple of songs at the Loaded Dog if possible. As I've mentioned most of my songs are nautical, or drinking songs, or Southern Appalachian Mountain ballads. I've also been known to sing an outrageous parody or two. If there is a theme for the evening, I'll see what I can warp to comply.;-)

A smaller gathering of nautical singers would be greatly appreciated.

I'll probably bring my own banjo, and see if I arrive with enough pieces to re-assemble it.:-(

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 06:51 AM

G'day Charlie,

Floorspots are singing spots for non-booked singers ... anyone in the audience who can twist the club organiser's arm far enough has a chance. The Blackboard concert is a way of running an open note with something almost like planning ... at least for a folkie!

The Roaring Forties are the shanty types mentioned and most are regulars or irregulars at the Dog. Margaret Walters (also performs with John Warner, as Walters & Warner) is not a memeber (I think?) but looks in. There is currently a thread Wild Bass Strait about one of John's songs.

If you PM me your friends' address out here, I can give you more precise instructions on finding the Dog. As I PM'ed ... Greg is still looking for a main act for the December night/Xmas Party.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Nov 01 - 05:25 PM

Time to refresh this thread. It's 30 days and counting till my wife and I fly out of Maine and land, hopefully, in Sydney. Anything new in terms of music sessions, folk concerts, general get-togethers for swapping songs?

I still haven't tracked down the nautical singing group The Roaring Forties. Any clues, Bob?

I'm still not sure what happens at the Blackheath gathering on December 6th, whether I should come expecting to lead a song or two or whether I should only listen; either is fine with me but I'd like to know beforehand. Murray?

The Hotel Shannon looks good on December 7th; is the building still there?

Toongabbie looks good for December 14th; I'll have to refresh my favorite Christmas Shanties. Alison?

Love to have a spot at the Loaded Dog - Callie? Is there a firm date for which Saturday this will be?

I think I'll risk bringing my own banjo, and explaining to Customs that contrary to rumor it's really not a dangerous weapon, at least when properly tuned.;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Nov 01 - 08:58 PM

G'day Charlie,

Good to hear you are still Aussie-bound. I'll pick up a few loose threads and get back with an update.

I don't think you PM'd me with the suburb/area in which you will be stopping (... ?). This would help in sounding round for locations / help with lifts to clubs &c.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 01 Nov 01 - 09:15 PM

Hi Charlie,

I'm not from Sydney, but know of a couple of locations there where you may be able to pick up a second-hand instrument. If you've reconciled bringing your Stewart that's fine, but you should be able to pick up (say) a Washburn for about $200 US. Selling it again before you leave may set you back (say)$80 US to get a quick sale. If you think that this is better than risking your valued instrument (and if you can stonach playing something else) let me know via email.

Regards, John johninbrisbane@lycos.com


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 09:30 AM

John in B - I would be interested in at least visiting a vintage music shop in the Sydney area if you identify some likely suspects. I've added extra layers of duct tape to my banjo case and I'm sure it will travel fine, to somewhere...


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 11:52 AM

Charley,

I'm from Brisbane, like John (except not originally).
John forgot to mention that an American-tuned banjo is
no good here, because it doesn't use Australian scales.
However, I could perhaps get it converted for you, at a very
reasonable fee (reasonable to me, anyway)
And as far as begging/buying/stealing goes, there is only
one choice to fit in with traditional Australian ... but I've
forgotten which one it is. If you look like getting to
Brisbane, contact me at iclarke@bigpond.net.au, and
I'll get you a gig (unpaid) at a local club.

If you don't get this email, let me know, and I'll re-send it.

Regards,
Shimbo.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Fortunato
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 03:58 PM

While it is NOT true, Jed, that the 5th string is mounted on the bottom of the banjo neck, it IS true that a banjo flushed down the toilet will spin round COUNTERCLOCKWISE until sucked down into the void.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 04:01 PM

Shimbo - thanks so much for your kind advice. I was planning to comphensate for "downunderness" by standing on my head while playing the banjo. I'm too old to learn new chords and tunings, but I'm still reasonably limber.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Helen
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 05:33 PM

Charley,

If you are planning to be anywhere near Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney, I could probably arrange for you to perform somewhere.

Please make sure that you keep us posted on your itinerary when you get here, so that I can get down to Sydney if necessary to meet you.

Helen

P.S. If you don't find a 5 string banjo I could let you have a go at 34 strings on my harp.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 08:03 PM

Helen - We might take a trip up the coast from Sydney the week of December 17th, but we're still trying to leave some time unscheduled so we can respond to suggestions when we're on the ground.

One of our nephews is engaged to a Newcastle lass and I suppose we could inspect her family estate.

I've always wanted to retune a harp to G-modal...what an opportunity!


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Roaring Forties Member
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:04 PM

Hello Charley

Someone said you were looking for the Roaring Forties in Sydney. I can't get Mudcat from home and am sending this from work. If you email me at home, I would be happy to provide you with any information I can regarding the Forties and folk events in Sydney. For example - there is a concert on Saturday 15 December where the Roaring Forties are singing traditional folk carols, the Wheeze and Suck band are doing their very English traditional mayhem and there will also be a performance of a Mummers play. Email me at: mwalters@mail.usyd.edu.au

Have a good trip - Margaret


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 11:35 PM

G'day Charlie,

I presume that the 15 December gig Margaret (whom I mentioned in my PM) mentions could be The Loaded Dog, which is usually on the 4th Saturday ... but seems to creep back to 3rd Saturday in December ... and (sort of) clash with our Bush Dance - half a block along Johnson Street, Annandale. I tend to spilt my time equally between events!

Makes for a good mix 'n match Christmas smorgasbord.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 08:19 AM

I may have to brush up on some of our traditional nautical Christmas shanties such as "Rolling Down to Bethlehem;" life is full of hard choices.;-)

Old Washburn banjos can be very nice; I was just checking one out that's listed on Ebay.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 10:21 PM

Charlie.. we'd be delighted to see you at Toongabbie on the 14th although I won't be there..... in fact so many of us won't be there because of gigs we have moved our Christmas party to Saturday 8th at 3pm onwards....... but you are more than welcome to join us.........

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 08:45 AM

Alison - Well, we might roll along with you to December 8th, which front-loads our schedule more but then it's nice to meet the people we've been chatting with (they can run but they can't hide!). We were planning to catch a ride out to Northmead with Bob Bolton who hasn't been to your new location but assures us he can navigate the western suburbs. I have my star charts and with Judy's intuition, I'm sure we will be within cell-phone range...It's the Milky Way Galaxy, right?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 11:37 PM

just get north of Parramatta.. and ask for me by name... the red head with the Belfast accent... someone will sort you out!!!.....lol

failing that I think Bob has my phone number

slainte

alison


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