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Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?

Charley Noble 22 Dec 02 - 10:15 AM
alison 22 Dec 02 - 07:57 AM
Sandra in Sydney 22 Dec 02 - 07:45 AM
Charley Noble 21 Dec 02 - 08:44 PM
Stewie 21 Dec 02 - 08:28 PM
JennyO 21 Dec 02 - 08:00 PM
Charley Noble 21 Dec 02 - 10:12 AM
Bob Bolton 21 Dec 02 - 03:09 AM
JennyO 20 Dec 02 - 10:35 AM
JedMarum 20 Dec 02 - 09:55 AM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Dec 02 - 06:34 AM
Charley Noble 19 Dec 02 - 10:08 PM
Charley Noble 13 Feb 02 - 04:55 PM
Bob Bolton 03 Jan 02 - 07:32 AM
Charley Noble 22 Dec 01 - 11:30 AM
alison 22 Dec 01 - 01:32 AM
alison 21 Dec 01 - 10:55 PM
Bob Bolton 20 Dec 01 - 11:57 PM
Bob Bolton 20 Dec 01 - 11:54 PM
GUEST 20 Dec 01 - 05:24 PM
Helen 20 Dec 01 - 05:03 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 19 Dec 01 - 11:54 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 16 Dec 01 - 05:57 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 16 Dec 01 - 01:58 AM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 15 Dec 01 - 02:58 AM
Bob Bolton 13 Dec 01 - 09:58 PM
alison 13 Dec 01 - 08:05 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 13 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 07 Dec 01 - 09:22 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 07 Dec 01 - 02:07 AM
Callie 06 Dec 01 - 07:19 PM
Helen 06 Dec 01 - 04:10 PM
Helen 02 Dec 01 - 10:35 PM
GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz 02 Dec 01 - 06:01 PM
Bob Bolton 02 Dec 01 - 07:09 AM
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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Dec 02 - 10:15 AM

Alison-

I do have fond memories of singing at the Toongabbie Folk Club, one of my Christmas shanty parodies I believe and surely "West Indies Blues." Last Friday I was doing similar things at our local coffeehouse, the Sidedoor Coffeehouse in Brunswick.

Now it's back to wrapping up all them Roll & Go CD's and T-shirts for the lucky relatives.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 22 Dec 02 - 07:57 AM

you were missed this year at our Xmas party... a few people asked "where is that American bloke who was here last year?"

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Dec 02 - 07:45 AM

Hello, Charlie

I miss logging on for a day & miss a lot!! But I got home far too late last night. Bob & I were both working at the Bush Music Club dance - him taking photos (naturally!!) & me collecting money (naturally - my favourite job at any folk club, when I'm not taking photos!!).

Terrigal isn't very far from the Dog (& Jenny's club is about 15 minutes closer to Terrigal).

Jenny - Charlie is already booked for a floor spot whenever he gets here (his trip will include a 4th Saturday!) Have a look for the photos of his 2001 trip under Quick links, then Members photos & events. Charlie & Judy were sitting not far from you.

Sandra


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Dec 02 - 08:44 PM

Very nice article, Stewie. Thanks!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Dec 02 - 08:28 PM

Here's a link to a brief article on early history of the instrument in Oz:

Banjo in Australia

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JennyO
Date: 21 Dec 02 - 08:00 PM

Charley, Terrigal is on our Central Coast, about 50 mins drive from where I live in Sydney. My son and a few other friends live up that way. Also on the Central Coast there is a thriving folk club called The Troubadour.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Dec 02 - 10:12 AM

Nice to hear from you all! Not sure when we may be rematerializing in your part of the world. Our nephew Bert and his new wife Bron are by reliable satellite scanning now residence in some part of New South Wales described as Terrigal. Is there such a place?

Bob- it sounds like your Clifford Essex banjo is well worth carefully restoring. I'll see if I can find one on e-Bay to view, or maybe you can start a new thread with links to an image or two.

Jenny- we'll certainly add you to our list of valuable music contacts.

Now if some of you folks would work your way over here to Maine, we would certainly like to reciprocate with one of those incredible Mudcat song parties that people will be fondly remembering for years.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Dec 02 - 03:09 AM

G'day Charley,

Coincidental that you should revive this thread ... with its old heading. I have just come home from the auction of my late Dad's home- the house where I grew up ... and in the back of my car, along with various family mementos, were two 5-string banjos ... both belonging to my older brother, Eric.

Eric has not been able to play for some years due to work-induced hand injuries and both banjos need repairs, so I said I would take care of them while I locate parts and, if necessary, repairers. One is his original banjo (apart from the home-made one with a 10" cake pan as a head that we made back around 1963) ... This is a fairly standard Vega, that has a crummy tailpiece that has broken in several places.

The other is an old (late 1890s?) Clifford Essex, marked: CE SPECIAL XX. This really needs to have more modern pegs fitted to handle steel strings, to replace the old friction pegs - a compound construction with black plastic heads driving turned metal pegs. Otherwise, it seems to be a nice old banjo - old vellum head, open back, ebony fretboard, dark (rosewood?) neck, lots of mother-of-pearl inlays, 29 tensioners. I need to chase up some banjo repair types to see what we can do to get it going ... if not Eric!

Reagrds,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JennyO
Date: 20 Dec 02 - 10:35 AM

Hi Charley. Funny this thread should pop up now as you answered my post on the thread about "Hillcrest Mine" only a couple of days ago. Maybe that's what jogged your memory? I went to the Almost Acoustic concert that you were at last year but I don't remember you. I wasn't a mudcatter then, in fact I have only had a computer for a few weeks.I just read right through this thread and I'm sorry I missed all that. I actually run a folk club called "North By Northwest" in Gladesville, only about 10 minutes drive from Almost Acoustic. We are usually on the first Thursday of the month, but I see you had something on that night last year, so you couldn't have come anyway, even if you had known about it. It was Sandra who told me about Mudcat and I seem to be addicted to it already! Now if you are coming again next year, I'd love to connect with you and if you happen to be around on the first Thursday of the month, even better! We'd love to have you, and you would be guaranteed of a floorspot, at the very least. We also have the occasional Saturday afternoon singaround, but that only happens about once every two months. By the way, Sandra runs the Loaded Dog now! It's an excellent acoustic venue. Hope you make it back here soon!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Dec 02 - 09:55 AM

did you ever get used to that fifth string on top, instead of on the bottom of the neck??

;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Dec 02 - 06:34 AM

Hello, Charlie & Judy

Have you set a date for your 2003 trip yet?

sandra


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Dec 02 - 10:08 PM

Refreshing for nostalgia sake. Hard to believe that we were there only a year ago. What joy!

Thanks for the hospitality.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Feb 02 - 04:55 PM

Refreshing for Guest Iceman.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 03 Jan 02 - 07:32 AM

G'day all,

NOW ... in glorious technicolor ... you've read the thread - now see the saga! Charley and LD's southern oscillation is documented in Mudcat Links (photos ... Events ...).

Thanks to Jeff (aka Pene Azul) for a sprightly job of pasting them up on the display wall.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Dec 01 - 11:30 AM

Judy and I got just back to Maine more or less on schedule, with all our baggage including the banjo (no stowaways;-)). It's a looooonnnnngggggg trek but we certainly had a lovely time in Oz, and we want to thank you again for your hospitality and good humor.

Here, things are quite Christmas-like with trees all covered with snow, about 6 inches on the ground, and ice on the walks, and somewhat colder than Sydney, about 30 degrees outside and probably not Centigrade. The cats seemed pleased to see us, especially Judy's fluffy black one, and they were well cared for. No family emergencies while we were away and only a few plantive telemarketing appeals on the answering machine.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday season, and give our love to your neighboring roos and wombats.

Charley Noble, back in Maine


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 22 Dec 01 - 01:32 AM

OK... photo page is now up here... mainly photos of clubs members... but there is one of Charlie.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 21 Dec 01 - 10:55 PM

Haven't appeared yet Bob.... they've changed the rules and I can't update the page just at the moment..... but they will appear soon.... can't do anything about the ads I'm afraid...

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Dec 01 - 11:57 PM

Errr... G'day again Charley (et al)...,

I seem to have left out one lousy left hand angle bracket ... I wasn't really shouting - just typing badly.

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Dec 01 - 11:54 PM

G'day GUEST (we hope that is Charley ...),

I hope you're not trying to smuggle out any of our rare and protected (and highly venomous) snakes ... spiders ... toxic box jellyfish ... they'd all freeze, back in Maine anyway!

I second (indeed, maybe first ... ) Helen's suggestion of a photographic record of the southern saga. I sent off some from Blackheath and Toongabbie to Jeff (aka Pene Azul ... ?!?) last week - and Sandra Nixon tells me she has some nice pix from the Alex's studio session at Darlington and Almost Acoustic at Rozelle.

I haven't yet seen the pics I passed on to Alison appear on the Toongabbie Music Club web site (Blicky). I have to steel my nerves to face that damned, intrusive, irradicable 'pop-up' internet gambling box in order to look at the site ... and I have not done so in the last few days.

Anyway, Charley and Judy, have a good flight back ... and work at readjusting your internal thermostats and/b> the circadian rhythms. I'll send off the words / dots / MIDIs / MP3s? of those Bernard Bolan songs I mentioned on the 'phone last night - sometime after Christmas. That way you get time to settle back in ... and I get time to get the tunes right!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Dec 01 - 05:24 PM

Thanks, Helen,

We have had a lovely time. Judy and I have coffeed up again on Glebe Point Road at our favorite pastry shop, and it's off to the international airport. Now why is something stirring in my luggage?;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Helen
Date: 20 Dec 01 - 05:03 PM

I'm sorry I missed seeing you. (I've been organising a Carols by Candlelight which was on Wednesday night, so everything has revolved around that for the last few weeks. I've been eating, breathing and sleeping it.)

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and got to see some of the wildlife - folkie & animal varieties! (Nothing so feral as a folkie??)

Enjoy your trip back, and maybe you can post some pictures on the Mudcat Photos page.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 19 Dec 01 - 11:54 PM

Made it to All at Sea Books and heard many a tantalizing tale about C. Fox Smith's books, including the story of an original manuscript of some of her sea poems which I missed by a month or two. Hope it's found a good home.

Just spent 3 days about 2 hours west of here at the Horvath (our Sydney hosts)week-ender, off the expressway, off the asphalt and down a winding gravel road into what looked to me like a landscape from the Ethiopian highlands, gentle hills and valleys, ancient Eucalyptus groves, new pines, grape vineyards and olive groves, lots of horses. Their house overlooks a small winding river valley, with a pool at the bottom large enough for comfortable swimming. We got to do that. Spotted several roo across the river in park-like fields, all grazing happily away. We went on a long walk along the river, staring into a variety of wombat holes, and sure enough on the way back there was a wombat of truly awesome dimensions. We think we saw the Southern Cross that night but there must have been a jillion or so stars, all appropriately upside down.

Now we've got to do our final re-packing, for that long flight home. Ugh!

Thanks again to everyone, especially to Bob Bolton, who helped make our trip so special. And, yes, we'd be happy to reciprocate in terms of hospitality in Maine if any Mudcats from Oz wander our way.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, still in Oz


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 16 Dec 01 - 05:57 PM

Had fine time last evening with John Dengate and his wife Gale. They served us a version of Wallaby Stew, washed down with bottles of intriguing white and red wines. John knows any number of traditional sea shanties, many with their unique Australian verses, some of which he has composed himself. I got to sing some of my own political songs, old music hall numbers, sea shanties, and a few unclassified dities. It was amazing how quickly John caught on to "A Cowardly Act", that tragic song about the cow who sinks the Japanese fishing trawler; I swear there were tears in his eyes!

Now it's off to find the highest order old books shop in Sydney, All at Sea Book Shop (check it out at Bookfinders.com). There are rumored to be shelves there of old nautical books, songs and poems by such fine writers as C. Fox Smith.


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 16 Dec 01 - 01:58 AM

What a wonderful traditional Christmas season song party at the Almost Acoustic last night. The Roaring Forties were in great form, really needed no amplification. And the Wheeze & Suck band did an updated mummers play and a fine set of dance tunes and songs. The old church hall was packed (Margaret Walters had graciously reserved us great seats) and audience participation can only be described as robust!

Tonight we have a quieter evening with Sydney political singer-songwriter John Dengate, whom we met last in Blackheath.

And with the help of our host's son Robert, who is a building contractor, we have managed to rebuild the banjo case so that it should survive the trip back to the states even if run over by one of them Sydney buses going the wrong way down the street.;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 15 Dec 01 - 02:58 AM

Nice turnout at the Shannon Hotel session last night. In additional to some wonderful songs that I could anticipate was a whole set of contemporary political ones with all sorts of references to political personalities which were totally beyond my world; seemed like these songs were in constant state of revision, if not derision...

This evening we play audience at the Almost Acoustic in Rozelle at the old church on the corner of Darling St. and Victoria Rd. if the directions are correct. We'll get to hear The Roaring Forties and another group called Wheeze & Suck do their special holiday program. Maybe they'll be a party afterwards.;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 09:58 PM

G'day all,

I have sent a couple of photographs to Pene Azul ... I hope that some can be displayed somewhere as a chronicle of Charley Noble & LD's southern peregrinations.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 08:05 PM

Nice to see yourself, Judy, Bob and your 2 American friends at our little club Charlie.... and it was great to hear you sing.... enjoy the rest of your stay...

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM

Back from tropical Oz, the Port Douglas/Cairns area, where there are indeed jillions of pretty fish, all to be seen swimming amidst the reefs. Snorkling was great! People were generally very helpful. We visited the local Habitate for wildlife and got to feed lots of roos in all sizes; they tend to grip your hand tightly so you don't move away. We were also besieged by hundreds of geese and ducks who had flown in to the preserve to also enjoy the feeding. No luck with the Cairns Folk Club; we found the Havana Club where they were supposed to be, renamed The Ant, but were told their last meeting was the previous week; one never can check too many times.

Tonight, we'll attend the Shannon Hotel session and tomorrow listen to the Roaring Forties do their Xmas program at the Almost Acoustic.

With a little luck I'll be able to refit my trashed banjo cash back together for one last trip. In addition to duct tape, the folks around here use fence wire. That should do it.

Maybe I should check out the Disney shanty singer listing in Tokyo on the way back.;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 09:22 PM

Well, we're continuing to blaze our trail through the Sydney neighborhoods, searching out places to graze and water, and of course to sing songs. Last night we tracked down the Shannon Hotel remnants at Alex's lovely studio. There were about twenty people there, all fine singers. I was particularly pleased to meet Margaret Walters and John Warner, two members of the nautical singing group "The Roaring Forties." My group Roll & Go has a lot in common with this group which helps explain how quickly we picked up on each other's choruses and "in-jokes." I do believe my chorus for "Dead Dog Cider" has been re-planted in fertile ground. This afternoon at 3 pm we drop in to the Toongabbie Folk Club in Northmead at the Scout Hall in Moxham Park for some holiday songs. Then tomorrow we disappear off the schreen to Cairns for a few days. We will be at the Havana Cafe with the Cairns Folk Club on Wednesday if anyone is within range.

Cheerily,
Charley and Judy


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 02:07 AM

These reports are going to be somewhat erratic. We're back in Sydney for a couple of days before flying off to Cairns. Last night at the Blackheath Folk Club gathering was especially gratifying. John Dengate, a Sydney topical songwriter, was the featured performer. I also got to meet Denis Kavans who was a labor organizer among the building trades in Sydney for years and is a fine poet. Bob Bolton drove up from Sydney to join the group, sang "Across the Western Plains", which tied in to Denis Kevans' "Across the Western Suburbs", an urban renewal protest song that I'm very familiar with from Wooloomoloo in the late 1970's; I got to sing the Portland, Maine, version from our working watefront referendum of the mid 1980's; I also got to sing "Dead Dog Cider" and "Yangshi River Shanty" which seemed to meet with general approval. The gathering was well attended and well coordinated. There was quite a range of songs from traditional Australian bush songs, poetry, and tunes to more contemporary goodies. I hope I have a copy of Kevans' "Ode to Concrete", a lovely thing for those anticipating the Blue Mountains being tastefully paved over.

Tonight we search out wherever the Shannor Hotel session has adjourned to, a studio on Ivy St. I'm told, beginning around 8:30 pm; I'm sure I'll be the only one there on time...Tomorrow it's off to find the Toongabbie Folk Club in the North Mead Scount Hall, beginning about 3 pm.

Hey, we actually saw a kangeroo in the wild. They really exist beyond theme parks. What joy!;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Callie
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 07:19 PM

Charlie - I'm going to try to get to the session tonight, but am working til about 11.30. I'll try try try!

Welcome to Sydney!

Callie


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Helen
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 04:10 PM

I don't think that I can get down to Sydney tomorrow and still get back in time for the work dinner, so I'll have to go to one of the other planned rendezvous points & dates.

The Toongabbie thing starts at 3pm and the dinner starts at 7pm, on a lake cruise boat, so once the boat departs the chances of joining the party diminish rapidly. Since it takes at least 2 hours to get back from Sydney I'd have to leave there at 5pm at the latest, which means I'd just be enjoying myself & I'd be packing up to go home.

I thought hubby might have come down with me, but he can't because he is on stand-by for work, so that kills that idea too.

I'll copy the itinerary and work out when/where/how etc and let you know.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Helen
Date: 02 Dec 01 - 10:35 PM

I'll try to weasel out of hubby's Christmas dinner on 8 December so that I can go to Toongabbie, but it might be a whirlwind trip, there and back in time to go to the dinner as well.

How are you getting to Queensland - driving, flying, whatever?? If you are driving maybe you could stop over for a quick visit in Newcastle. On second thoughts - it's probably out of your way if you have a tight schedule.

Anyway, I'll do my best to see you at Toongabbie.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: GUEST,Charley Noble in Oz
Date: 02 Dec 01 - 06:01 PM

Well, it's all true. The banjo arrived safely, as did Judy and myself, but the banjo case is pretty much trashed. Looks like we're going to have a fine time swapping songs, poking around old book shops and sightseeing. Bob has been more than gracious, as have our Sydney hosts. Now it's off to the Blue Mountains in the rental car on the "wrong" side of the road. The Blackheath session will be this Thursday at the Ivanhoe Hotel in case you'd like to join us.

We's really here! What joy!;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 02 Dec 01 - 07:09 AM

Let's try that again ... the last one bolted!

G'day all,

Well, Judy and Charlie arrived intact ... the lovely old S.S. Stewart banjo also intact ... the banjo case not quite so! I did tell Charlie I was coming to look over the case and see if it was repairable ... but talked all evening and came home none the wiser about damage to the hinges. Now if any other Sydney 'Catter happens to have a spare banjo case ...

Anyway, Judy and Charlie have settled in at their friends' house in Glebe - and are setting off tomorrow for the Blue Mountains and touristy pursuits. Thursday night, 6 December, calling in at Blackheath Folk Club. Back to Sydney on Friday and (since the Shannon Hotel is booked out for a Christmas party, the session is moving to a lovely studio in Darlington owned by a friend of Margaret Walters (Walters & Warner, Roaring 40s). Any 'Catters interested, ring me on (02) 9569 7244 in early evening.

Saturday afternoon is a Christmas special afternoon at Alison's Toongabbie Music Club (Scout Hall in Westmead - details from Alison or me). After that they are heading north to Tropical Cairns/Pt Douglas (Phwewww...!)

More later.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 02 Dec 01 - 06:59 AM

G'day all,

Well, Judy and Charlie arrived intact ... the lovely old


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Nov 01 - 08:22 AM

Out the door and into the snow! What joy!


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Nov 01 - 07:59 PM

Still rattling 'round, packing up stuff, unpacking the kittens, re-packing the stuff...looks like we'll get our first winter storm some time tomorrow. Hope we'll off and flying before that. Now where did I put my ATM card? Here, kitty, kitty...


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Nov 01 - 09:20 AM

Well, on Thursday our time we'll be winging our way to Oz, arriving there Oz-time Saturday morning. There we'll crash for 24 hours or so with one of our hosts (contact Bob Bolton for further details). Next we'll secure a rental car for our trek to the Blue Mountains, basing ourselves in a lovely looking place in Blackheath where we'll try out the hiking trails, riding stables, and the Thursday night music gathering at the Ivanhoe Hotel. Then it's back to Sydney in time for the session at the Shannon Hotel on Friday. Then it's the Toongabbie Folk Club on Saturday. We disappear off the screen to Cairns for a few days, gathering at the Havana Cafe on Wednesday December 12. We'll be back in Sydney to catch The Roaring Forties' holiday program at Almost Acoustic. Then we are unsceduled, other than frantic shopping, for the rest of the time until we fly out Friday, December 21.

It may be time to start a new thread, with a link back to this one if anyone is interested. We should be able to provide some updates while we're staying with our Sydney hosts.

Thanks again to all you Oz folks who have been so helpful!;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Helen
Date: 27 Nov 01 - 03:31 AM

A very strange thing happened on the same day I posted my last comment. I e-mailed my friend with the book business, because he has hotmail, and because this thread reminded me to try to contact him, and then I drove to the supermarket/post office etc & as I was driving along I thought that the car ahead looked like his car. He parked near the supermarket and I parked a little further along and started walking back to see if it was him. It was. I haven't seen him for nearly a year, and on the very day that I finally try to track him down, there he is. Amazing.

I know that this is complete thread drift, but it was a pretty incredible coincidence.

To bring the thread back on track, slightly, he said he still has some nautical books, but not as many as he used to have.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 09:38 PM

G'day Charlie,

A short walk up the hill (OK ... 1 km) from Ron & Barb's place will bring you to the front of a semi-detached, on Glebe Point Road, housing Cornstalk Books (old Australian books) and Da Capo (secondhand music books and sheet music). Well worth the stroll!

Regards

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Helen
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 05:45 PM

A friend of mine used to run his used bookstore by e-mail, possibly through booksfinder, and he focused on nautical books, among other things. I think he is overseas now, and I haven't heard any news of him for quite a while. His book business is called Petebooks, I think.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 08:20 AM

Another thing I'll be looking for while in Sydney, besides banjos, is used bookshops. There are several that offer nautical song and poetry books over the internet through www.booksfinder.com that I have dealth with over the years but I'm not sure if they actually operate storefronts. I'm particularly interested in books by C. Fox Smith, Stan Hugil, William Doerflinger, and Joanna Colcord. Old bookstores and music shops - what joy!


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 09:56 PM

G'day Charlie,

I don't know if I should mention that one of the owners is a folkie ...

Anyway, we can all bowl in ... and if they've hired out the venue ... the session is back at ... ?

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 09:42 AM

With regards to the viability of the Shannon Session, I'm reminded of path of devastation that the Portland Folk Club carved through various pubs and restaurants in the 1980's. We were truly the kiss of death, not one place survived hosting our sessions. Let's see, there was The Chowder House, The Irish Village Pub, Rosie's, The Marble Bar, Mulligans, and the Swedenborgian Church (which still exists). Our venues probably collapsed for reasons unrelated to our sessions but I doubt if we were very much help; few of our members paid for more than one drink and we did irritate regulars who were trying to watch their favorite games on the TV, play darts, or pocket billards; there were times when our singing and all of the above activities were going on simultaneously. One owner fled to Florida in the dark of night, another plowed his motorcycle into a tree. We thought of putting this together into a song, with a verse for each venue, but we doubted that it would earn us much of a welcome to the next venue. I'm looking forward to exploring the greener field of Australia!;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 07:59 AM

G'day Charlie,

That Almost Acoustic show is on at the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre – which is (logically) in Rozelle as I think I told you some time back ... not in next-door Balmain, as I seem to have said the other night! It's about 2.5 km, as the crow flies, from where you will be stopping ... but something more than 3.5 km by roads that have to take into account such uncooperative features as Blackwattle Bay, Rozelle Bay and White Bay. Since it also takes in a large concrete slab of the Western Distributor, I will concede that it probably is not an ideal walk, so I can give you a lift in the car, if needed.

I have not got to the Shannon lately ... other things have got in the way, lately. I know Margaret has been getting along ... her main worry is the the landlord might have a restaurant group booking, coming up to Christmas ... ?

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 01:26 PM

Thanks, Bob. And is anyone planning to join the Shannon Session on Friday, December 7th, 8:30 PM, if that's the right information?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 12:24 AM

G'day Charlie,

The 'Forties will be doing shanties and (nautical?) carols at the Almost Acoustic ... Balmain (?) ... another inner suburb - next to Rozelle. Myself, I'd walk from Ron's place ... but I'm starting to sound like one of these compulsive walkers/joggers/runners (the middle aged male equivalent of anorexia nervosa).

There will also be Wheeze & Suck Band (strange bunch of Poms ... but good fun) doing an appropriate Mummers' Play. Anyway, I'll get all the details from Margaret Walters and send them off.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 08:57 AM

So when were "The Roaring Forties" getting together at Almost Acoustic", was that Saturday, December 15? And where is this club?


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Subject: RE: Help: 5-String Banjo in Oz?
From: alison
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 07:40 PM

Yes Charlie.. we are having our Christmas party on the Saturday (8th), because a lot of us have gigs on our usual club night and we would have had to miss the party... so we moved it!!! the club will still be on Fri 14th... but there will be a lot of us missing....

come on down Helen, the more the merrier....

slainte

alison


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