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GutBucketeer 22 Oct 01 - 10:44 AM
Fortunato 22 Oct 01 - 12:06 PM
GUEST,Vixen at work 22 Oct 01 - 12:18 PM
GUEST,Claymore 22 Oct 01 - 02:01 PM
Ferrara 22 Oct 01 - 02:27 PM
CarolC 22 Oct 01 - 03:08 PM
GUEST,Claymore 22 Oct 01 - 03:18 PM
CarolC 22 Oct 01 - 03:24 PM
wysiwyg 22 Oct 01 - 03:32 PM
Bill D 22 Oct 01 - 06:02 PM
Noreen 22 Oct 01 - 06:08 PM
GUEST,Fortunato behind the wall 22 Oct 01 - 06:38 PM
Roger in Baltimore 22 Oct 01 - 07:04 PM
GUEST,Dani 22 Oct 01 - 07:37 PM
CarolC 22 Oct 01 - 07:46 PM
GUEST,Dani 22 Oct 01 - 07:49 PM
GUEST 22 Oct 01 - 07:53 PM
CarolC 22 Oct 01 - 07:56 PM
MMario 22 Oct 01 - 08:43 PM
Allan C. 22 Oct 01 - 09:37 PM
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Subject: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:44 AM

I made it home last night about midnight and was just too blue to post anything.

The Getaway this year was un-describeable. From simple aquainances in years past (last year was my first) we returned as a gathering of old friends. New friends were invited into the fold and our circle continued to expand.

If there is a theme that captures what I experienced it is generations and transformations. Hearing Bill D's and Ferrara's son sing on the first night's sing-a-round. Witnessing those that have in years past been shy and unsure of themselves blossom. Dani is growing in her singing everyday. Kathy (Tinker) has a wonderful voice and great speakeasy songs. Jerri is undescribable. It was captured for me in a "snapshot" last night of Rick Fielding sitting in a corner patiently teaching a young woman new to the Getaway and Folk Music in general the basic's of I, IV, and V chords. I turned, and 10 feet away, Kendall was sitting with Dani and Kathy (Tinker) softly singing a song that Dani wanted to hear/learn. These moments capture the feeling but don't begin to describe the weekend. The long lost "Beef Brothers" (Big Mick and Jed Marum) found each other. We found out that Max and Kendall are really fraternal twins separated at birth and a very long labor.

And yes, the weather was wonderful, sunny, clear star filled nights and just a bit crisp. The food was plentiful and good. And the music was...... well it truly was indescribeable. We didn't get to sleep until sometime after 4:00 AM on Saturday night.

I'll give more later. Got to work.

JAB


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Fortunato
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 12:06 PM

1)Jed Marum, Susette and I playing Little Annie and Blackberry Blossom on banjo, autoharp and guitar outside in the sunshine and later Friday in the dining hall.

Friday night Jed Marum and Bob Clayton and Susette and I were jamming in the dining hall. Rick Fielding sat down to play with us. I sang "Hey, Mr. Bartender". When I finished, Rick leaned over and said, "That's my favorite song."

The look on Micca's face when he tasted Woodchuck Dark Cider: "That's bloody heaven, that is."

More later. regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Vixen at work
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 12:18 PM

D'Cats Are D'Best!

Yet Again, for another year, WOW.

New Friends, Old Friends, Great Music, Wonderful Weather.

I realize those're glittering generalities, but the specifics are innumerable.

Many, many thanks to Charlie Baum, Knitpick, Ferrara, Bill D, and everyone else at FSGW who put together such a wonderful weekend.

Reynaud and I are looking forward to seeing many of you again next Saturday at NOMAD.

V


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:01 PM

Did any one get Carol C's (little woman, long hair, big accordian) last direction? She borrowed my car for the Getaway, but indicated she might go to some broadcast in the Philly area (West Chester?) after the festival was done. I'm not worried, just curious.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:27 PM

Claymore, sorry, don't know what Carol decided to do, even though we were talking and cracking jokes just this morning. FYI the broadcast she mentioned is probably the Mudcat Radio program, which comes on about 8pm Tuesday.

As to the Getaway: Aaaaahhhhhhh....... Bliss ........ Maybe I'll be more articulate after I get a little rest.

Love, Rita F


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 03:08 PM

Car? What car?


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 03:18 PM

I bet if it's gone, they still find it with the seat pushed All The Way Forward in the anorexic position. That's not driving a car, it's wearing it.

Seriously, you going to the broadcast or what... I've been tasked with doing security at a Greaseman concert at the Apollo with some local SMAD types, and I'll need the car by Friday. No problem until then. Hope the Getaway was all you wanted it to be. Try an email to moordo@jcdc.jobcorps.org Thanks,


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 03:24 PM

(btw, I'm posting from the secret catacombs deep under the ground beneath the office that Max pretends is the home of the Mudcat. I had to climb down at least eight flights of stairs to get here. It's pretty dark and kind of creepy down here, and there are some really strange noises coming from the next room. I think they're coming from Shorty. He's saying something about it being time for his monthly toenail clipping. Don't know what that's all about, but he says he's going to start eating my posts if I don't go get Max or somthing. Gotta go... )


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 03:32 PM

Wow, I didn't know you could get a new car at these Mudcat events!

Carol really DID have a Getaway!

~S~


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:02 PM

some of us are home now, but not NEARLY coherent yet....*grin*...it was indeed wonderful...and yes, there WILL be many pictures...I think I have about an hour of downloading to do and the old 'album' site to prepare....


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Noreen
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:08 PM

Just put a couple up first to whet our appetites, Bill, please?


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Fortunato behind the wall
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:38 PM

2)Or maybe Rick said "one of my favorites".

Anyway great memories include my son Matt catching three fish on borrowed string and a hook made from his Daytripper button, (he released them of course).

TJ O'Malley playing "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian"

Annimil singing a 30's song (oh which was it) with Dick and Lois Parks on the Piano.

Gutbucketeer singings Ain't Misbehaving acapella.

And Barry Finn's great voice all the weekend. there's lot's more.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 07:04 PM

Oh, yes. TJ O'Malley made me jealous. He turned LTDinH into a bluesly riff without really changing its core. He did what all good folk singers do with a song, He made it his own.

I can't get this going without sleep deal down. I went to bed about one on Friday and was up at 5:30 AM on Saturday (I don't know why, I just was). Of course, no one else was up then.

When Saturday evening came around I began to feel sleep deprived. About 10:30 PM (which is when the unorganized and truly great music begins) I was sitting in the dining hall thinking, "Man, I really want to stay up for the music." My body was saying, "You'll be lucky if you can get up from this bench, much less sing and play." The argument went on for a while and my body won. So I missed four or five hours of the best music and camraderie around. But I did get eight hours of sleep and was coherent enough to lead the comic songs workshop and the blues workshop.

In reply to multiple requests, I'm posting (and maybe reposting) the words to Breakfast Blues.

My highlight was Dani singing a parody of "Gimme That Old Time Religion". Chorus is unchanged. A sample of a verse is. "I'll pray with Jim and Tammy, Buy a condo in Miami, Pay no tax to Uncle Sammy, It's good enough for me." I had never heard it and had trouble staying on my chair. I understand that thousands of other people know this song, but it was new to me. I'll be searching out verses beyond those that Dani kindly gave to me.

Looking forward to next year.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 07:37 PM

Hoo boy. Maybe I'll be poetical and rhapsodical tomorrow... tonight I'm just exhausted. Couple of quick notes from a borrowed laptop, though:

I can't help feeling all squishy. It was such wonderful music with the most interesting,smart, beautiful, loveable people I've ever had the pleasure to spend time with. I'll tell you how I really feel about Kendall later.

CarolC, are you cold? I think I know someone who might know something about what I think are your jackets. More to follow ; )

Roger is the King of Comic Songs, delivered smooth or extra crunchy. It was delightful to be able to make him laugh. For the record, though, that wasn't one of the verses I brought; I had help. But it's on my list now!

Dani


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 07:46 PM

Thanks Dani. I knew I was supposed to do something. I was supposed to send you a PM to ask you if one of your charming and delightful friends might have mistakenly thought my jackets belonged to her sister. If your brain is as fried as mine is right now, you'll understand why I forgot. If I don't forget immediately after posting this, I'll send you a PM.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 07:49 PM

Sheesh, Carol. That's exactly what happened. She is chagrined, to say the least. Thought she'd send them to you anonymously, but I reminded her about postmarks ; )

They'll be on their way soon. And it was great to meet you and hear your music.

Dani


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 07:53 PM

Well I threw a bunch of stuff in the car for Getaway and discovered no cassette tapes, but I did somehow have the video camera and two blank tapes. I will drop it off tommorrow to have them copied for Max... he's promised to be fair in the editing, but I'm keeping the original just in case. Max has promised an edited tape available on the auction.... Now there are too many spots the tape missed out on...But Kendall and Max in duet "I'm Busted" is to die for... even coming in in the middle after finding the camera I was laughing all over today. And then there's Max conducting the Mudcat Chorus to Kendall's Toor a loor a loora

Penne Azul on percussion
The Amazing traditional campfire song by Allan C and the Mucat Backup band California Dreaming .... and Jed Marcum continuing the diversion Some how as the camera battery died during the next song we continue in a sound only twilight zone of How is that traditional?
Jim ( Gutbucketeer's)Twin brother appearing late in the night whwen he had just explained up in the barn by pumpkin light how he had disappeared back to 1935 years ago...
Momnop's son Dylan coming in in the early morning to say the singing didn't bother him in the next cabin, but could we hush the guy snoring?
And the camera missed Carol C's instrumental... Next year long extension chord and a tripod.... The camera person can't laugh and hold the camera too...
Try for more later

Tinker


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 07:56 PM

Tell her not to feel bad about it. It was an honest mistake. It was great to meet you, too, and I really enjoyed the song you sang at the blues workshop.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: MMario
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 08:43 PM

The Rockettes style kick line to Kendall's 53rd verse of "Goodnight, Irene" at 4:15 am; Jeri doing a hesitation waltz across the deck while Jed and Rick rehearsed a song; meeting way too many people for my brain to remember names; total immersion music is what it felt like, and that was having skipped most of Saturday!

FINALLY meeting Sinsull; laughing way too much; getting the lyrics to a song I've been trying to find for two years (written copy yet!!!!) Meeting CarolC also at long last - and discovering that while she and her sister are two different people - they still remind me of each other at odd moments.

And thank you to whover brought Alice's CD's! (I got one)


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 09:37 PM

Ya had to be there!

How could I possibly tell you what it was like? Where will I get the energy to do so? Okay, I'll try to give you a few samples of my own experiences. I will tell you, though, that some of the best moments were simply ones in which I got to spend some time talking face-to-face with some of the 'Catters I have come to know as friends. Some of the events have already begun to run together in my mind, so the order of events may not be very accurate. I know left out some names. Sorry. I am notoriously horrible at remembering names.

David C. and I arrived at about 5:30 and soon discovered that we were sharing a room with Max, Pene Azul, Gutbucketeer (JAB) and Joe Offer. Our building was divided into four large rooms, all of which opened onto a small, cental room. There was also a five-stall, shared bathroom. It had four sinks and four shower stalls. On the other side of the wall from our room was a room that was occupied by (forgive me if I forget anyone) Jeri, SINSULL, Tinker, CarolC, Dani, and two non-Catters named, Annie and Janie (sisters). I really cannot recall who was in one of the other rooms. I think Jed Marum and Micca were in there - but I forget who else. The fourth room was for couples. It was at various times was occupied by Roger in Baltimore and his wife, Marge. Annamill and her husband, Glenn were also in there for part of the weekend.

For those who weren't at last year's Getaway, the shared bathroom was a challenge - especially when showering. There was a single "obvious" exception. But I'll let the ladies tell you about that.

Everyone gravitated toward the collection of food in the chow hall. Each new arrival added yet another treat to be investigated. It was an amazing array. One thing that didn't last very long at all was a tray of fresh canoli that SINSULL brought. Micca stuffed down a double handful of them and went back for more.

Micca staunchly maintained that I am the spitting image of Cobble. I can only extend my condolences to Cobble and hope that life has been kind to him, nonetheless.

After a bit of hanging out in the dining hall, many of us returned to our quarters where we did a bit of singing. Max, RiB, Gutbucketeer and I supplied most of the instrumentation and some of the singing while other singers included Jeri, SINSULL Dani and Janie. Some of these folks drifted in and out ad lib., and at one time Janie and I were the only ones remaining. Janie seemed to know a LOT of songs - certainly almost all of the ones I played. I thought we sounded pretty good on a couple of songs we tried.

We all called it quits fairly early that night and tried to get some sleep. The temperature was about 40 degrees (F). I was awakened in the middle of the night by Joe Offer's teeth chattering and the sound of his foot-stomping as he attempted to restore circulation into his frozen feet. I tossed him an extra sleeping bag under which eventually shivered himself to sleep.

When I finally got outside in the morning, I discovered that it was much warmer outside of the cabin than it had been inside. Even at around 42 degrees, it felt so much better in the sunlight - something that I believe nearly everyone experienced that morning.

After breakfast, Big Mick emceed a gathering of mostly Mudcatters to introduce everyone. Some of the "featured artists" sang something. Shortly afterward, we all found our ways to one of the two or three choices of workshops. I opted to stay to hear Rick Fielding's mini-concert. The songs were interspersed with very pleasant, somewhat autobiographical comments. I have a couple of Rick's CD's and so have more or less heard his voice before. It is even better in person. I will have to say that it was a joy to watch his guitar playing as well.

(I, too, saw the guitar lesson described above by Jim Bunch. It would have made a beautiful picture.)

Lunch was next. A word about the food here: In my estimation, throughout the entire weekend, the cooking staff clearly pushed the very limits of average.

I don't have my schedule at hand and cannot recall the names of the workshops I attended during the rest of the day. All were mostly wonderful experiences. I will have to say, though, that I have little patience when it comes to having to endure listening to lengthy ballads. At one workshop I daydreamed my way through one such ballad as the singer read through the nine or perhaps eleven verses on the page of a book. I imagined that I could handle that. Then the page was turned and an equal number of verses became apparent! I decided it was time for me to be someplace else.

I had a great time at most of the workshops and heard quite a few songs that were new to me as well as a couple that I may want to add to my own repertoire. I also learned a few tidbits of the histories and suggested meanings of some other songs.

Others may want to try to list all of the Mudcatters they encountered over the weekend. I won't. There were so many!!!

There was an open-mike concert after supper. Micca was among those who honored us with a performance. It was his first time to be on stage, he said, as well as his first encounter with a microphone. He did quite well with both. There were lots of other Catters on the bill. My memory of who took the stage that night is rather cloudy. I don't want to attempt a listing.

The show was over by about ten. At about eleven a mass of 'Catters gathered in our quarters. We played and sang until some time after 4. Unbelievably, many of those same people were up "early" that same morning to join in some gospel singing.

Some time after breakfast, David and I headed UP THE HILL (observing the rule that reads: EVERYTHING YOU WANT IS UPHILL FROM WHEREVER YOU ARE RIGHT NOW,) to catch Kendall Morse's performance. I attended a Love Songs workshop a bit later in the day. (Love songs are what interest me the most, BTW.) There were some mighty pretty songs sung there.

In late afternoon, Sandy and Caroline did a mini-concert. This, I believe, was the third or fourth time I have heard them. Each time, miraculous pieces of musical history that they have helped to preserve were shared. It is so difficult for me to describe how it feels to watch them. Perhaps if you could imagine being able to spend some time hearing the tales of John James Audubon as he shows you his collections…

At some point during the day Janie and I decided to sign up to perform at the open mike that would again be happening that evening. We practiced a little and finally found a song that we thought we could manage to get by with.

Then, just before the evening meal I got to watch Jed Marum perform. Jed is a remarkably well-voiced songster who clearly understands the history of many of his songs. He is also quite a songwriter. I was especially impressed with a song he sang about a morning in Montreal. His guitar playing…I cannot think of how to tell you how much I enjoyed his style and execution.

After the evening meal I lugged my guitar UP THE HILL to the open mike concert location. On the way UP THE HILL I realized that the song Janie and I were wanting to perform was in need of a second guitar. It was fifteen minutes until showtime. Who could I ask? I was soon happy to find that Jed Marum had generously consented to accompany us. We ran through the chords three times.

A few blurs of time later, it was time for Janie, Jed and me to do our bit. It was Janie's very first time in front of a microphone. Neither of us knew the lyrics. Jed and I had practiced for a grand total of three minutes. The song was Sometime Lovin'. Despite all that might have happened, the song seemed to go quite nicely. That small moment is an example of one of the many wonderful things that just seem to happen at the Getaway. It all makes for a very pleasant memory.

After the show I made my way (down the hill) to the dining hall only to discover that I had left something behind at the concert and again was faced with going UP THE HILL to retrieve it. When I returned, I found a small circle of people who were witnessing a musical exchange between Kendall Morse and Sandy Paton. They were trading hobo songs. It was wonderful!

A while later another gathering formed in the same place. I arrived in time to hear a few songs being traded by Big Mick and Barry Finn. After a while, Dani led us in a very cool gospel round. MMario chimed in with a few songs as well. (What a voice!) We continued trading songs until we just couldn't stay awake any longer. We all knew that quitting meant the end of the music for the weekend - the end of the Getaway. Nobody wanted to be the first to call it a night.

Morning came too soon.
Quick breakfast.
Packing.
Thank you's.
Hugs.
Goodbyes.
UP THE HILL (driving, this time) and away.
Mental plans for next year.
The long drive home.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: MMario
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:00 PM

oh good! I was wondering what went on Saturday during the day, now I have some idea.

But how soon they forget! 'Twas I in the other room with Micca and Jed. and thanx for the compliment on my voice - considering you have a pretty damn good set of vocal chords yourself I take that as high praise. Now if I could figure out how to keep the knees from shaking when I'm in front of a mike I might do okay.

I'm dead beat, but too keyed up still to go to bed. Will probably crash in the middle of my shift tomorrow - so really should catch some z's.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:22 PM

Well, RiB, you outlasted me Saturday by a couple of hours. Many thanks to Kathie Mack, who helped me stagger back to my room about 8pm. She missed the first concert set to help get me back there with all my stuff. I went right to sleep, slept until last call for Sunday breakfast.

The result was that I felt terrific on Sunday, got to workshops all day long and stayed up till 4am like everybody else. :)

For us the weekend started with the pub sing with Micca at the Royal Mile, having Joe Offer and Barry Finn stay here Thursday night, then trying to pack on Friday while trying to catch up on a year's worth of gossip with Joe & Barry. It was hopeless. Finally Bill left without me, Joe having Offered to give me a ride, so's to speak.

FINALLY I got to gossip enough, because we took the back roads and hit much traffic and it was a damn long drive. I can't tell you how much fun it was, just singing and talking and taking our time. All this really started the weekend off right.

Highlights? The whole weekend was so bright and shiny I can hardly believe it.

Whoa. I know I stayed up until about 2pm Friday but right at the moment can't remember a thing about it.... I do remember hearing from Charlie that Mick couldn't leave Michigan until 5pm, but had promised he would stop part way and get some sleep. He did, too, and arrived about 10 minutes before our "Musical MeetnGreet" session started.

One special time was sitting in the dining room very late last night with Dani, Mick, Barry, Tinker, Allan C, Micca, and various "floaters".... If I forgot anyone it's because my brain was fried.... I put my feet up on a chair and closed my eyes but it was still wonderful just to be sitting there listening.... and getting Mick to sing Spancil Hill .... Talk about a Mudcat Moment!

AND, a classic Getaway Moment, Mick and Barry were singing a fierce Irish song and Barry picked up one of the cafeteria chairs, held it sideways on his lap and thumped it like a bodhran. Oh my.

Then, watching Barry with Mick's bodhran once he fetched it from the car. Hard to explain, he was so at home with the instrument, adjusting it until it felt just right, finding so many ways to vary the sound and the rhythm. I never watched one played by an expert before, I always thought you just thumped them....

And after Rick Fielding and Jed Marum's wonderful Instrumental Styles workshop, going up to my room to change for dinner and hearing Pauline Lerner, out on the lawn, still playing tunes on her fiddle.

And watching my son Shadowmonk, who helped lead the fantasy adventures, surrounded by so many kids he looked like the Pied Piper. And hearing him and his friends join in the late night sings. And Mmario joining in on one of their RenFest/Pyrate Royale songs "The Grand Pubs of Yorkshire."

Then there was the last half hour before we left, while I was once again trying to get packed (I'm ALWAYS the last one!). Kendall loves zithers and wanted to hear mine, so I sat on the big old stump in front of the white house and played Rose of Allendale. Sunshine, fall foliage, Sandy Paton (also packing to leave) coming over to sing along on the chorus, other people wandering by and stopping to hear One More Song. Ahhhhh....


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:28 PM

At the risk of leaving out people, Mudcatters who were there included:

Vixen
Charlie Baum
Dani
JAB (gutbucketeer)
AllnC
SongBob
DavidC
Judy Cook
Jeri
CarolC
BillD
Tinker
Gorgeous Gary
Ferrara
Rick Fielding
Barry Finn
Susan of DT
Dick Greenhaus
Annamill
Roger in Baltimore
Nancy King
Karen K
LaMarca
Big Mick
Pauline Lerner
Jed Marum
Kendall Morse
Joe Offer
momnopp (Judy O)
Sandy and Caroline Paton
Micca
Mmario
Max
Reynaud
Sinsull
Lorraine
KathWestra
Knitpick


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:33 PM

Sinsull, was it you who brought the cannoli? Way to go lady. Let me be the first to invite you back to next year's Getaway and Friday potluck supper....


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GUEST,Gorgeous Gary
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:34 PM

Another great Getaway! And my favorite of the six I've attended so far. OK, not a big sample I admit; I know there's one or two folks who have attended more Getaways than I've been alive...so I'm a late bloomer.

Made my workshop debut this year leading Jewish songs on Sunday. Seemed to be a success, I counted about 14 folks at one point, with good songs to offer or request.

Had a blast singing up in Mudcatville on Saturday! Oh, and I forgot to mention the first two of the three I sang were my own ("Sedona" and "City By The Lake").

Here are the links I promised. The first one is for "When I Was A Boy" (the funny computer song). It links to the page of midwestern filker Steve Macdonald who recorded it on his "Reap The Wind" CD. I should note that writer Frank Hayes specifically requested it not end up in the database. The second link is to Joe Bethancourt's collection of 873 "Real Old Time Religion" verses (thanks for reminding me Roger; I'd forgotten what the other link I'd promised was! Sleep dep'll do that to you):

When I Was A Boy
Real Old Time Religion

Great to see everyone again! And of course, I hope to see lots of the local folks at the Open Sing in a couple of weeks (at my condo in Rockville).

-- Gary (who tossed his cookie and needs to reset it...)


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 10:42 PM

Canoli?

...........bummer..................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:10 PM

My batteries are charged and I'm ready to face the rest of the year! At it's most basic that seems what the Getaway did to me. Dani and I were talking at one point and observed that all around us were people like us! People that go through life singing in the halls, in the bathrooms, and on the street. People that listen to "folk" shows and "all that old stuff" late on Sunday night. No One asked me to stop singing, playing, or to turn down the racket the WHOLE WEEKEND. It was great. I got to play my Gutbucket and people actually said they liked it. Bill thanks for Ain't Misbehavin'. My Brother Showed UP!!! (It truly was a surprise. If I had known he was coming I could have figured out a killer story, but as it was it was pretty ironic).

Highlights for me were first meeting all of the new people: Annie and Janie, David C, Jeff (Pene) MMario, Sinsul (Mary), Micca, Jed Marum (I met him once way back for introductions at the MiniFest but this was different), Carol C., Kendall (Can you give me some storytelling pointers some time), Rick Fielding, Joel, and so many others. Then, as I mentioned before, there were friends: Dani, Kathy (tinker), Alan C., Bert (Bert I wish you could have stayed longer), Barry, Mick, Max, Jeri, Bill D. Ferrara, Dottie (great banjo uke player), Fortunato, Suzette, Songster Bob, Knitpick, Special Ed. It gets bigger every year. I'm sure I'm forgetting someone, but my minds on brain drain right now.

I could walk Uphill Everywhere Without Crutches.

Friday night's Jam in the Mess Hall. Jed, Chance, Rick, Suzzette, T.J, Bob Clayton...... Just listening was a treat.

Saturday's Jam in the Cabin.

Ghost Stories..

Hearing Jeri sing.

Hearing Dani sing.

Hearing Tinker (Kathy) sing.

Rick Fielding and the Beef Brothers.

Kendall and Max !

Hearing The Key of R three times, and the last time they even got all of the chords right!

Hearing Kendall's songs and stories.

Hearing Roger of Baltimore's food songs again.

Playing, 20's and 30's music in the Jug Band Workshop, the 1935 Workshop, and at odd moments with Chance, Susette, Special Ed, Joel, Dick and Lois Parks, T.J. and Julie, and especially Dottie Hurley. These are the lost songs of our past and just plain fun.

Looking at the Stars as the music played in the distance around me.

Getting to know everyone better!

Things that I regret are: Missing too many workshops and events because I was in another one. Not getting to know Vixen and Renard again this year. Leaving.

See you next year!

Can't wait for the pictures and if anyone got them tapes of the music!

JAB


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:13 PM

Lost and Found

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One pillow in "The Pines," room 2 (beige and blue pillowcase)
Black socks (1 pr) in Cabin 6

If they're yours, drop me a private message. --Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:17 PM

I just realized that the thread name is "2002" Memories. I've been working too long with the FY 2002 Federal Budget. AHHHHHHHH!

Can someone please change it to "2001" Memories.

Thanks

JAB


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:18 PM

I knew I'd missed at least a few Mudcatters above. Add:

Pene Azul
Bert


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 11:23 PM

Oops!

I forgot Joe Offer. We have to exchange Song Book Lists. I only have about a hundred though.

JAB


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Ferrara
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 12:03 AM

To all the people who "threatened" to come but couldn't make it, especially 'sPaw and KatLaughing -- you were missed. You were very much missed.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 12:29 AM

Tinker, I hope you didn't get the great human pillow festival in the corner while you were filming! And that Kendall/Max duet just about had me needing CPR. That Saturday night singing in the cabin was one of the most fun times I can recall in my entire life. Some beautiful music, some incredibly silliness, musical and otherwise, and a whole lot of family feeling.

I made it home alive. Wimped out on the radio show. After getting less than 5 hours of sleep each night and not knowing where I was going or what I was doing, I figured I'd accidentally end up in Oregon.

I finally sang into an actual mic on an actual stage to an actual audience, and did NOT mess up. If it hadn't been for Ickle Dorritt's song, "The Sparehand," I probably wouldn't have signed up to perform.

It was great to meet so many new friends, both Mudcatters and FSGW members.

I still don't feel like sleeping. Perhaps it's because if I do, the weekend will REALLY be over.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Nancy King
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 01:08 AM

Well, I for one had a fine time indeed. We lucked out on the weather -- even had lunch outdoors, in addition to lots of al fresco workshops.

What a great treat to see and hear so many old friends ("How are your kids?" "Remember the time...?") and to meet so many new ones. I was particularly pleased to meet Rick Fielding and Jed Marum, two great pickers and super-nice guys. Rick in particular impressed me as a natural teacher blessed with great patience and generosity. Wish I lived close enough to take guitar lessons from Rick! Also enjoyed meeting and hearing (to name only a few) Jeri, MMario and Roger in Baltimore, and renewing acquaintance with Barry Finn, Karen K, Kendall, Big Mick and lots of others. It was good to have Dick and Marlene Levine back after a two-year absence. Speaking of absence, I did miss a few regulars, among them Dave Diamond and Dwayne Thorpe. Hope they and bunches of others can make it next year.

The "What I learned from Folk-Legacy" session was simply amazing. In addition to the great music and fascinating and funny reminiscences about Sandy and Caroline and Folk-Legacy, the unabashed love in that room was palpable.

This Getaway was also special for me because I was able to meet a personal deadline by delivering a long-overdue package. More about that later.

And oh, the relief of no news broadcasts or newspapers for two whole days! Didn't realize how great that was till Monday morning.

Already looking forward to next year's Getaway (Oct. 18-20, 2002 -- right Charlie?)!!

Tired but happy, Nancy


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 01:15 AM

It was probably Micca snoring - he can be worse than Manitas at times, and that is world class snoring!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Allan C.
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 08:17 AM

It was mostly my good friend, David C. who was doing the snoring. However, the cold night air seems to have crept into the sinuses of a few of the women on Sunday night. There were times when they actually drowned out the steady drone of David C..


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 08:49 AM

I can see I missed a memorable moment in time. Your memories are inspires me to come next year. Lifes is to short not to share it with others. I think I'll rent a bus and pick up Mudcatters along the way. Wouldn't that be something. Kat, you are too far out of my bus route so you may have to move a little closer. But Catspaw, for sure. I can see it now. The bus ride down would be a hoot.
What a wonderful experience the 'Get Away' must have been.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Allan C.
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 08:56 AM

Ferrara modestly claims to have simply closed her eyes and put up her feet during the small session with Dani, Barry, Mick, et al.. In fact, she sang. It was the first time I ever heard her sing alone. What a sweet and beautiful voice!

There were some other vocal surprises during the weekend. Although I have heard Jeri sing a few harmonies and such, it was an incredible joy to hear her alone on stage. You could quite nearly see the energy travel all the way from her heels to her throat as she put her soul into her song.

Tinker also has a powerful and beautiful voice. She also has a tremendous store of songs and truly funny personal anecdotes.

SINSULL treated us to her sweetly trilling voice with which she shared some songs she learned from her father and elsewhere. She blew us away with her "Bird In A Guilded Cage".

LaMarca and her musical partner, (whose name escapes me at the moment,) supplied some lovely songs at a variety of workshops as well as at one of the open-mike's. Beautifully arranged vocals...fine guitar backing.

This weekend was also the first time I ever heard Kath Westra sing. This was a real treat!

There were so many beautiful voices! I have been blessed with having heard most of them before. It was great to hear them again.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: MMario
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 09:14 AM

Between the Maryland Ren-faire and all the singing - I am currently a low baritone - no tenor range left at all - a friend told me I sound like I have just finished having a week of great sex. Can't say it was quite *THAT* enjoyable - but damn close!


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: annamill
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 09:49 AM

Don't have much time to talk. At work. It was amazing and everything everyone above said.

Micca, Sinsull, and Bert are at my house and will be at Mudcat Radio tonight.

We had good conversation and good music last night.

Talk more later.

Love, Anna (Micca is quite a character)


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: DeanC
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 09:51 AM

I'll excuse Charlie Baum for not including me in the list of Mudcatters since I have only appeared on it a couple of times. In some ways I look at this Getaway as just another one like the other 30 or so that I have attended. They are all special. I have met most of my friends (not to mention my wife) through the Getaway or other FSGW events, so it has a special meaning for me. Each Getaway, however, has its own special moments. For me, this year a few come to mind. First and foremost the "What I Have Learned from Folk Legacy" workshop. Listening to the songs and the stories of how Sandy and Caroline have effected peoples lives was incredible. I found myself thinking that although I knew most of the songs that were sung during that workshop (and lots of others from Folk Legacy recordings), I didn't actually learn them from the records. In a few cases I learned them directly from the recording artists (like Helen Schneyer, Jonathan Eberhart, The Boarding Party, Joan Sprung, Rock Creek, etc.) or indirectly from others who learned them from the records. It seems to me that one of the special things about folk music is that personal connection - I learned this from "so-and-so" - to the songs. Sandy's workshop on collecting and Dick Greenhaus' workshop on what's available on recordings were also wonderful. Both had some pretty amazing recordings, and Sandy's stories about meeting and recording some of those people were fascinating. I hope you all will encourage more people to come to the Getaway next year. The more the merrier.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Tinker
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 09:52 AM

Jeri, if by the great human pillow festival you mean the great juxtiposition of Jed, Jeri, and Momnopp sharing a bed with Kendall in varied and shifting positions... well there are a few shots but my amatur camera skillls were not up to capturing the truth of the moment. Interpretation may vary upon viewing(and Max's edit....)BG
Watching the tape last night I found myself filling in moments that weren't recorded and wishing I could go back and find them all.

Tinker


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: DeanC
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 10:03 AM

Sorry. In my previous post I didn't realize that these get interpreted by HTML, so I didn't put in line breaks.
I wanted to mention one other thing anyway. There have been a lot of mentions of meeting other Mudcatters at the Getaway, but precious little about meeting non-Mudcatters. There plenty of both kinds there, but I think its important to realize that they are not really two different kinds. We are all in this for the love of the music and the friendships that grow out of the music. It doesn't matter so much that some of us can talk to each other via computer. I, for one, would like to see a little effort at the Getaway to bring the two groups together rather than to segregate them. I'll get down from my horse now.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Dani
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 10:07 AM

Was there a difference? I just figured them all to be people who were more or less met, some whose music I already know, and some yet to be shared. It's just that with some, I get the privilege of knowing them more than just once a year. Some of those FSGW folks already feel like once-a-year friends, and that's just fine too.

Dani


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: MMario
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 10:26 AM

Dean - no slight intended to those FSGW members I met - I was as warmly welcomed by them as by any 'catter; and enjoyed immensely my entire weekend. I figure that all mudcatters are potential FSGW people and vice versa. - I didn't feel there was any "seperation" at the Getaway - and I certainly hope that society members didn't get that feeling from *us*!!!!


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Allan C.
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 10:32 AM

Yes - what Dani said. I write mostly about 'Catters here because the people who have never attended a Getaway would not have the slightest idea of who I was talking about if I mentioned other folks. Every person there, no matter what affiliation they may have had, added his own special thing to the "soup". The flavors that resulted were indescribably delicious!

It is only natural for people who know one another to hang out together. There were informal gatherings that were comprised mostly of FSGW members. There were others that were largely attended by 'Catters. But at no time was there any divisiveness or segregation.

Certainly there were some "inside jokes" and references made to past events that not everyone "got". But that added something to the event as well.

One thing that struck me and that David C. remarked about later: Many of the FSGW folks have been in contact for decades. There were so many times when a FSGW member would start a semi-obscure song and the FSGW crowd would know the song well enough to join in the chorus. It always sounded great, but was a bit puzzling to me until I thought about it for a while. It was simply an indicator of the level of shared history that many of them have.

The Mudcat is still quite new by comparison to the FSGW. The time will come, I am sure, when the two groups are so well integrated that we will all know the choruses to many of each other's songs.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 10:56 AM

The two groups aren't really two groups--the overlapping intersection is staggering--HALF of the Mudcatters I listed above are local DC-area FSGW members, and a few more are FSGW regulars who live at a distance. Since long before the personal computer was invented, people from all over the place have been coming to Getaways and sharing music. The invention of the Internet, and later, of the Mudcat, has only made the process of inviting folkies from around the country (and around the corner) more efficient.

--Charlie Baum
(still trying to recover from a wonderful weekend)


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Janie
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 11:27 AM

I was so inspired by the weekend and EVERYONE's love of music and gentle support for us neophytes that I came home and j'ined up with you mudcatters. (And was so impressed with CarolC.'s wardrobe that I brought part of it home with me--nevermind that she wears petites and I wear "womens" sizes.) I had been away from music for sooo.....long--how very sweet to again sing and listen to my heart's content. Thank you everyone for the experience and for what I hope are the first of many friendships and memories. Janie


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: Jeri
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 11:35 AM

I will always remember that "What I Learned From Folk Legacy" workshop. The emotional level was as high as it could be. Hearing the songs and stories brought home just how significant to folk music, and loved, Folk Legacy and Sandy and Caroline are. This was summed up at the end, although not with words. We stood and held hands to sing the last song. (I think it was Caroline who started it.) All of us in that room were bound together with our love of music, and our love for the Patons and one another. They make love and music inseparable.

Tinker, I think we got to that stage where we were like a litter of puppies, with absolutely no concern for personal space. I can't wait to see the video.

I didn't notice a separation between FSGW and Mudcat folks. We were people at the Getaway. By the time I left, I was hugging anyone who didn't get away fast enough.

To paraphrase Allan: "We will all know the choruses to each other's songs." Yep.


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Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
From: MMario
Date: 23 Oct 01 - 12:04 PM

Great phrase Allan - and speaking of that - it is SO great to be able to sing a "new" song to a group - and by the second chorus they start to chime in, but by the final chorus they are doing multi-part harmony. What an experience!

Jeri - by the end you were so tired I don't think you even noticed the people who were running around to get back into line and get another hug from you. *grin*


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