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  1. Re: “The Cuckoo” - The Orpy String Band

    That's right, thanks. While you were posting I corrected the original link.
  2. “The Cuckoo” - The Orpy String Band

    This is part of the Orpy String Band. We are based in south-east England. We also have a banjo and ukulele player.

    I do some of the vocals and play mandolin, but honours on this recording go to...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've started on the Steve James DVD and some other bits and pieces.
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    People tell me the mandolin is too thin and/or harsh on its own unless in the hands of a virtuoso. Ken Whitely’s performance is certainly interesting, energetic and very full.

    Although I’ve only...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    I'm looking at the options.

    I play mandolin in an Oldtime/crossover stringband but occasionally have to do something solo. I was looking at Blues guitar but I think it would take too long to...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    I was after 'historical technique' rather than technique or history per se, but it's all of course of interest.

    Your "Blues, Stomps, & Rags" series is inspirational.
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    Thanks for the responses. The Steve James material looks very helpful and I've ordered the Joe Carr book despite the strangely mixed reviews.

    I'm collecting instructional material, but I'm...
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    Re: Long Journey Home/Two Dollar Bill

    Nice work - an inspiration!
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    Re: Are you a mandolin picker?

    I was finger-picking a guitar years ago with no plectrum in sight. I thought mandolin players were supposed to be known as lutenists, but I've never described myself as such.
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    Re: Are you a mandolin picker?

    I used the term picking (as opposed to chopping) in a recent thread and someone told me the left hand was important too!
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    Re: Open Mic sessions and pickups

    Orpington Folk and Blues

    http://www.orpingtonfolknblues.co.uk
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    Re: Instantly absorbing tunes

    Oddly enough I don't really 'need' to learn fiddle tunes, and nor do I play in Old Time instrumental sessions. I enjoy fiddle tunes and it will be good to add some to my repertoire. It would also be...
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    Re: Open Mic sessions and pickups

    Open Mic venues vary a great deal. Some are filled with fellow musos waiting their turn to play and are mostly respectful of the performer, some are like graveyards run to keep a few people in a...
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    Re: Arthritis

    Saw the doc who, as expected, diagnosed my condition as osteoarthritis. It is unlikely to progress rapidly, and he recommended Glucosamine, fish oil, movement and anti-inflammatories. He saw no...
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    Re: Arthritis

    It now takes up to two weeks to see a doctor in the UK - I'll keep you posted on the outcome! Whatever the cause of the problem (which is relatively mild at this stage), I've noticed that lateral...
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