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In Rochester. Um, no not New York. Rochester, England

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Seriously, I had no idea England had a Rochester too. But every time I come across an English city with the same name as an American one, like Boston, I think, "Well duh. They had to get the name somewhere,"

In any case Rochester is a lovely little town that holds a medieval castle and cathedral. They have a folk festival there every year called Rochester Sweeps Festival. I appeared on Sunday the 5th of May at the Busker's Corner. The stage was set up between the castle and the cathedral, and because it was Sunday with a service in the cathedral I had to go into full-busk mode. No PA, even though one was present on the stage.
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The Mix F5 performed admirably throughout, it sounded great stayed in tune in the full sun, and was loud enough. I was missing my Vessel F5 a bit because it's louder and has a bit more headroom than the Mix. I left the Vessel home for a couple of reasons. 1) If I brought more than 1 mandolin, I would either need to carry both or leave one in the car on a hot --for England-- sunny day. 2) Three adults and a small baby in a CitroŽn C3 make for a full automobile quickly, and space was at a premium. I wanted to take my Weber alto-mando as well --for that matter, a guitar would have been nice too-- but three or four instruments would have been out of the question. (I need a bigger car!)

The second gig of the day, a tweener during a 2 set gig by The Bounty Hounds, proved that I had the more appropriate of the two mandolins. I was plugged in and powered up to rock 'n roll levels. The Schertler in the Mix performed admirably and the 4 song set was very well received.

Next up, Orpington at the end of June. Is there an Orpington in the US?

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  1. swampstomper's Avatar
    In case you didn't figure it out, Rochester = Rock Castle. So it makes sense that there is a nice castle in Rochester (Kent, not NY, not MN). Chester (UK, PA...) just means "Castle" in vernacular Latin.
  2. JeffD's Avatar
    Orpington chickens, is all I know.