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  1. Chris is right - Scat have a regular session at the Glentanar on a Tuesday evening: Scottish Culture & Traditions - Events Calendar (This is one that used to be in the Globe I think). Scat sometimes run good events - I went to a mandolin workshop there a couple of years ago. Regards Flossie
  2. I'm the fucker with the ukelelelelelele (mandolin actually), and sometimes a kilt (but glad I was in shorts last night) - but I'm not Frosty Jack... Regards Flossie
  3. Hi folks - Aberdeen Scout Network are looking for a musician to help with their camp on the weekend of 16th-18th April. They are looking for: "some accoustic, folk type music. But at the same time I'm looking for someone who can play well known songs which everyone can sing along to. If you have ever heard of Accoustic Dave from Edinburgh that's exactly what I'm looking for. I can't offer much in the way of payment other than some burgers, sausages, a crate of beer and a banterous evening. We can provide transport." Scout Network is the oldest age group in the Scout movement, for ages 18-25. The camp is in Glentanar. If anybody is willing to help, please contact Adam Douglas at: adam0douglas@yahoo.co.uk Many thanks Flossie
  4. The Lorelei have Diane, who plays viola - she's on maternity leave at the moment though - it's hard enough to fit all 6 of us on a stage anyway, without having to fit a baby bump too... Flossie
  5. Playing live, for me, is the whole point of being in a band. I'm lucky to be in a band with friends who I view more as family, and we've played together for (on and off) almost 20 years. The more you play with a group of people, the bigger the sense of unspoken communication, verging on musical telepathy. There are quite often moments when we're playing where it really does feel that we're at the pinnacle of what we can do - I would guess it's the same sort of feeling a surfer gets when they ride a really big wave. These moments, whenever they come are magical and can't be explained properly to non-musicians. I get a bit nervous before I go on - I'm quite anal about making sure I've got everything (and since I play a lot of instruments on stage, that's a lot of stuff), and being on time for soundchecks, etc. If I'm late, that pisses me off, even if I know (as we all do) that soundchecks only run on schedule about 1% of the time. I'd agree with the previous comments about how touring can really tighten your game - The Lorelei mark 1 toured a lot and it really made us coherent as a band, and able to cover each others when strings/sticks, etc broke. If you make a mistake - never ever stop. Instead, glare angrily at the nearest band member to you as if it's their fault. (and a wise person once said - "If you don't make mistakes, then you're not trying hard enought". Regards Flossie
  6. 25th December was also the birthday of the Roman god Mithras... Flossie
  7. You'd be better getting a 5 string banjo if you're wanting to play bluegrass - 4 string (or tenor) banjo is more commonly associated with traditional jazz (when tuned cgda) or irish/scottish music (when tuned gdae). Blues banjo is something I'm not familiar with, but shouldn't be too hard on a 4 string. Of course, if you can play the guitar already, then you could just get a 6 string banjo and get the banjo sound and vibe without the learning curve. Regards Flossie
  8. Great thread - lots to think about/discuss. Is it not perhaps an element of the other way about, in that the music you like influences which instrument you play? As a child, I wasn't exposed to a lot of recorded music, but the little I was exposed to consisted of mainly Scottish folk music. I was exposed to a reasonable amount of live Scottish Ceilidh music also - I play a lot of instruments (too many according to my wife), but my main instruments are recorder, mandolin (and octave) and violin, and when I'm not doing original stuff with the band, I play Scottish and Irish jigs, reels, etc for fun. The majority of the other instruments I play can also be used in a folky style - I don't play any brass or woodwind - possibly due to not being exposed to the styles of music they are used primarily in as a child. I think I can appreciate good musicianship on any instrument when I hear it, but I get really excited about it when it's in the folk genre - if you fancy, have a look at this: Phil Cunningham (who plays regularly with Aly Bain) and his brother Johnny (now sadly passed away) - absolutely stunning fluidity, musicianship and skill - this is the sort of excellent musicianship that personally gets me excited. I am a sucker for big strings on any recording however - is this due to having been taught violin at school and having been in the school orchestra? I however don't have any idea where my liking for heavy metal/rock comes in.... From personal experience, the process of recording with a band changes how you listen to music - especially the immediate period after you've mixed a recording - you find yourself with a sharper sense of what's going on in any track, which makes listening to the radio, etc a strange experience for about a week afterwards. As I said at the top of my reply - an excellent and intersting thread - I look forward to reading more replies. Regards Flossie
  9. When I were a lad (which is going back about 30 years), the phrase used was "ace-ical" I think it's very much a north-east Scotland phrase - I've never heard it used anywhere else Flossie
  10. I was in a band with Spike the talking cactus - my first band ever. (or at least, a bloke who had a summer job doing the voice) Flossie
  11. Hi folks - I've got birthday money burning a hole in my pocket and would appreciate some advice. I currently play 3 instruments on stage with The Lorelei - mandolin (solid electric with single coil pickups), violin (piezo pickup) and octave mandolin (stick on piezo pickup). In places such as The Lemon Tree, it's relatively straightforward (well, maybe not for the sound engineer), as each instrument goes through it's own DI box. However, in smaller venues, it can be a nightmare - there is often not enough DI boxes for all 3 instruments, so I end up either not playing one or two instruments, or having to swap instruments into the same DI (which can cause lots of eq problems) I have thought of buying an amp which could be used in smaller venues, and was looking at something like this: Peavey KB3 Keyboard Combo *SPECIAL OFFER PRICE* - Nevada Music It's a keyboard amp with 3 seperate channels. It's within my budget, and I believe (but I'm willing to be corrected if necessary) that keyboard amps have a "flatter" response - i.e. they're not aimed to enhance the specific range of an instrument as perhaps an acoustic guitar amp is. The sonic range of the mandolin and violin is much higher than that of an acoustic guitar. My (master) plan would be to be able to have all 3 instruments plugged in at the same time, with some sort of muting device on each for when I'm not actually playing (possibly planet waves cable with the mute switch built in). There is a balanced lineout on the amp, so that could be used, or it could be miked up So - help me out please, sound engineer types, with answers to the following: 1) Does the above make sense? 2) Will it work, or will it cause more problems than it's worth Any advice gratefully received. Regards Flossie
  12. Felicity the Puma was caught and discovered to be very tame - obviously somebody had owned her as a pet and then released her into the wild. She she lived out the rest of her days at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, near Kingussie. Her stuffed remains are in the Inverness museum Am Baile - Felicity the Puma, caught at Cannich, 1980 There's even an audio file at the above website. Regards Flossie
  13. Such a thing has been done before, in the dim and distant past - "The Big Bang at Bonkers" (horrible name, I know), happened in May 1992 at Bonkers nightclub (between the two times it was called Ritzys, and now known as Liquid), and featured 9 Aberdeen local bands of a variety of musical styles. It was organised by members of one of the nine bands who played, and was completely sold out. (IIRC about 1200 punters) Northsound recorded and broadcast 2 tracks from each band on a special show which went out live. The whole point behind the gig was to get A&R scouts up to Aberdeen to check out what was going on - because only 9 bands were playing, 2 other similar events happened on the same night at Drummonds and the Pelican club, meaning approximately 20 Aberdeen bands were playing on the same evening. It was held on the Sunday night before the May day public holiday - no worries about work the next day. In those days however, there were a lot fewer venues for bands to play in - The Lemon Tree hadn't even opened - it was really Drummonds, and occasionally Student Unions - nowadays ,there's a lot more possible venues. There were also a lot fewer bands - there's heaps more in Aberdeen nowadays. Hope that's useful Regards Flossie
  14. Did you get in touch with Frosty Jack - he's just moved house and is having problems sorting out his internet connection - You can always PM me if you want... Regards Flossie
  15. The substance you're referring to is called "Peg Paste" - I've never had to use it myself, but I'd be surprised if Top Note on Crown Street, or Bruce Millers don't stock it. Regards Flossie
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