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    Re: For Family. For Country. For Freedom.

    Thank you very much, JEStanek. A great number of countries fought to liberate both Europe and Asia in World War II, many, including mine, having joined the war more than a year before the USA....
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    Re: Seagull S8 Owners Thread

    I have a Godin A8 that I'm very happy with -- I play blues and am not looking for the sweet tones that players of many other genres may prefer. However, when I've tried S8's (less expensive...
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    Re: Leon Redbone - RIP

    Yes, Leon used to hang out at a (long-gone) pool hall at the entrance to the Yonge-Bloor subway station, Toronto's main intersection. I'd sometimes see him there as I was heading for the subway....
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    Re: Roger Alan Wade, Brainerd Road Café Blues

    "Nothin' lasts forever; nothin' but mandolin strings."

    Thanks. I do hate changing strings, so I'll use this bit of "wisdom" as my excuse from now on. Sadly, I find that they do break eventually.
  5. Thread: Tash Sultana

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    Tash Sultana

    My daughter just turned me on to Tash Sultana, an impressive Australian multi-instrumentalist. Check this out. If the links don't work, search YouTube for "Tash Sultana jamming out on mandolin".
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    Re: Jams in Quebec City?

    I sent you a private message with a possible link, but when you get there, watch for buskers in the old town, they might be able to help you.
  7. Re: Hard of hearing in the session - any practical ideas?

    Ditto what Hank said in Post 2. I wear hearing aids for a problem like both of yours. However, while wearing with my otherwise excellent hearing aids, I can't separate sounds, so that all instruments...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #48

    One year review:

    Because little blues and blues-related music was being posted or discussed under the category "Jazz, Swing, Blues, Bossa, Choro, Klezmer, Ragtime," I began posting Blues, Stomps,...
  9. Thread: Mando-free zone

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    Re: Mando-free zone

    You're making me feel downright spoiled here in Ottawa. Here are our Kijiji listings -- fifteen ads today, and these change regularly with better, or, at least, much more expensive mandolins posted...
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    Re: Musical contests

    Brick, you have plenty of company in questioning the contests. I'm not in favour of contests in the arts. I've been to many fiddle contests, and I usually prefer the person who comes in fifth or...
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    Re: Taj Mahal on mandolin?

    Thanks, Mark. I wasn't expecting to hear more on that topic. I'll have to check that out.

    Can someone identify the instrument that Taj is playing?

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    Re: Funny Banjo Content

    And just to add mandolin content, here's what you get when you google "cat mandolin":
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    rock & blues mandolin camp

    Just wanted to make sure that blues and rock mandolin players don't miss this announcement from Mandolin Cafe. Camp is in July (2019) in Bloomington, Indiana. I don't think I'll make it, but it looks...
  14. Thread: Playing level

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    Re: Playing level

    JL's post #2 explains it very well.
    If you're talking about camps, my experience at fiddle camp was as follows.
    If you join the Beginners class, you'll be in with absolute beginners, who can...
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    Re: $270,000 Loyd Loar on Facebook markeplace

    Toronto's housing prices are ridiculous. I was fortunate to move there in my youth in 1971 when a week and a half's work at little more than minimum wage paid for a month's rent, utilities, and...
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    Re: $270,000 Loyd Loar on Facebook markeplace

    $270,000?
    For that much money, I could make a downpayment on a fixer-upper bachelor apartment in Toronto for my daughter!
  17. Thread: Only 20k

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    Re: Only 20k

    The ad says "May not ship to Canada." I bet if I sent them $20,000, even in Canadian dollars, they'd ship it to Canada. Nonertheless, I'll pass.
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    Re: Jackson Stomp

    I was just going through my blues song lyrics and ran across this, which appears to be downloaded from the net:





    That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away
    (Charlie McCoy)
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #47

    Ryland "Ry" Cooder (born 1947) is a well-known and highly-regarded musician, a record and movie producer, and a short-story writer. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. According to Taj Mahal,...
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #1

    I just noticed that the second video in the first post had disappeared, so I'm reposting it. Here are Charlie McCoy (mandolin) and Bo Carter with"The Lonesome Train That Took My Baby Away."I don't...
  21. Thread: Jackson Stomp

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    Re: Jackson Stomp

    The song to the "Jackson Stomp" tune is called "The Lonesome Train That Took My Baby Away." Here's Charlie McCoy (mandolin) and Bo Carter. I don't know who is singing. I can pick up most of the...
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #46

    Thanks, Mike.
    We've enjoyed your music, and it's good to know your musical background. It's always rewaring to find people keeping old musical styles alive.
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #46

    What have I done? If Mike becomes another Mick, please don't you become another Keith. Maybe I should only celebrate dead people. ;)
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    Re: Sir Paul on Mandolin Mondays

    This writer begs to differ with you:

    https://www.beatlesagain.com/breflib/lefthand.html
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #46

    Thanks, Jim, for connecting Frankie with us.
    And thanks, Frankie, for the information and for the enjoyable videos. I liked your takes on both the blues tunes and the Italian music. Sorry for the...
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