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Charles Edward Lee
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  • Denham Springs, LA
  • United States
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Busking and Play-for-Pay - Our Experience; What about yours?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Edward Lee Apr 7, 2015. 5 Replies

I'm part of a trio, and we do mid-19th century music at events and historic sites in Louisiana, east Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. We charge for our services; and we do not…Continue

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"Wow, thank you for the advice!  I've been wanting to do some busking in the Quarter for years now but never got around to it.  I'll take this advice to heart and next time I'm back home I'll try it out.  I'm…"
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"Though there's no license required, thanks to an unenforceable law, there are regulations in place. If you're in Jackson Square, you can't be closer to the park area than 15 feet, unless you're a psychic or medium or…"
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"Did you guys have to get a license to perform in the Quarter?"
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"Did you guys have to get a license to perform in the Quarter?"
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"Did you guys have to get a license to perform in the Quarter?"
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Busking and Play-for-Pay - Our Experience; What about yours?

I'm part of a trio, and we do mid-19th century music at events and historic sites in Louisiana, east Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. We charge for our services; and we do not only music, but a number of other period entertainments. The list is long: poetry recitations, Temperance meetings or rallies, preaching (comedic sermons on Saturday, serious on Sunday), medicine show pitches of products we've 'developed', Phrenology readings, and we're working on several others. We…See More
Apr 2, 2015
Charles Edward Lee replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Where are they?
"When busking, there are a number of rules that apply. I'm going to post a little about our experience busking apart from this conversation, so as to not divert the thread."
Apr 2, 2015

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Unnamed - one gourd banjo of indeterminate style, two Sweeney style and one described to me as a "Dandy Jim sheet music-style." I added a Bell & SOns custom Boucher banjo to the group, and it is far and away my favorite banjo.

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Period Authenticity and Being Heard

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:59pm 1 Comment

Friends,

I perform in a trio that plays music ranging primarily from 1800 to 1864 - some earlier, none later. Our instrumentation is minstrel banjo, romance guitar, and violin. We perform in a number of different locations throughout the course of a year, many of which are outdoors, and many of which involve large numbers of people.

Performing outdoors is bad enough - we perform mainly in the very flat land of Louisiana and Arkansas and Mississippi, so there is rarely…

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At 7:09pm on February 12, 2011, Clarke Buehling said…

Did I see a discussion on mounting tack-heads?  I suggest using hide glue, as it is

nearly skin in its composition.  I smear it right up to the top of the rim, as any drips can easily be removed with a damp rag at any time afterward.  A secret that Scott Didlake got from a tambourine maker was to use rubber bands to keep the edges in place.  I like the idea of using the cobbler's tool.  I have something like that for stretching artist's canvases, but it's too big. 

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