"Hi, Ian. Here is a picture of Jeff's latest. I went with him to pick up the gourd at Northern Dipper. It was my first time there. What a neat place. Hope to see you around.
Would you be…"
"Hey, Ian. I think that we live a lot closer than I knew. Northern Dipper is about a 20min drive from my house. Jeff Menzies and I were just there a few days ago. We should get together for show and tell."
"I got a nice canteen gourd from Northern Dipper a while ago for about $9.00 I just started working on a neck for it this week. All my friends with band saws were away so I did all my rough shaping with saw cuts and chisels. For a while it…"
"I got my gourds on Ebay. You can look for martin/birdhouse gourds, or canteen gourds. I would suggest contacting the sellers who sell large numbers of gourds, and tell them what you are interested in. My martin gourds have very…"
"I'd definitely be interested in a workshop. I'm from Wales, but I'm studying in Huddersfield (near Manchester & Leeds). I've been looking to try and build a gourd banjo myself this summer, but I can't find any suitable…"
"it looks great!!! you have done something you can be proud of. If it sounds anywhere near as good as it looks you are way ahead! I am building a banjo on my own so I am learning by my many mistakes and hopefully my next one will have…"
Just caught the tunes from your recording.... In my opinion they are fabulous!!! It is so delightful to see/hear original composition, lyrics and performance with an early style fretless banjo. I very much enjoy contemporary narrative song writing and performance. And wow!! What a fine looking banjo!
I think what struck me is the contrast between the antique and the contemporary without viewing the antique as an artifact but rather as a viable instrument. and then combining it with a narative voice speaking of the now. If that makes any sense. I don't think of the banjo as a particularly mellow instruement... Kind of harsh in fact. I viewed the performance as kind of minimalist in that it was sparce and a little raw. I will listen to them again to clarify my feelings but to me your performance was quite unusual both in tone and content. I am always thrilled when I am surprised, and I was surprised.
I play, (tenor banjo and mandolin primarily) but mainly for myself, or maybe, as my wife might say, to irritate her.... (joke!). I am fairly skilled and have a good ear, but tend to clench up when trying to play for others and would never attempt to sing for an audience.... Thus I haven't gotten up the courage to submit anything, but I love the idea of the contemporary narrative as heard in your tunes.
His accompaniment sounds quite complicated to me, with the guitar I just strum sometimes and sometimes just arpeggio.
I like the look of your tackhead banjo. I've just been buying a new "old " Classic banjo and would like to get a gourd banjo in the not too distant future. I like the sound of the lower tuning for singing.