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    Porch Pride

    It is with great sadness that I have to say farewell to the Cafe after twelve years of learning much and making good friends.
    The cafe has always maintained a politics-free environment, which I have...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    In light of some of the comments, I gave the album a few more listens. I was struck by my absence of emotional reaction, that it didn't move me in any way. I think it is music for the ehad rather...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    I have appreciated everything Chris Thile has done up to now, and of course I am sure he will continue to create incredible music. But this new album was lacking in so many ways. There just aren't...
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    Someone bought me this album and i hadn't heard of him before. I haven't played anything else since - I've been obsessed with it.
    I thought he must be some old country singe rin his sixties, I was...
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    Re: Boozy impulse purchase

    I once woke up to find I'd bid over a thousand pounds on a beech buggy. Must have seemed like something I needed in my life while drinking bourbon.
    Thankfully I was outbid and my wife never found...
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    Re: Northfield love

    Good choice, I hope it brings lots of pleasure.
    I was at a festival where I got to play a number of well known brands. The Northfield models stood out in every way, and were I not saving up for...
  7. Re: Alan Bibey is 2019 IBMA Mandolin Player of Year

    Alan Bibey is a worthy winner, just a great player.
    Can those of you who know how these things work tell me, do they award on the basis of a number years or is this award in light of a particular...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Guvnor?
    How many times have you watched Mary Poppins?
  9. Re: Any cafe members without a mandolin?

    <see above>
  10. Re: St. Anne's Reel -2019 National Mandolin Champion

    Congratulations - well deserved.
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Back in 2009 when I joined the Cafe, within a week I had a 'phone call from Ivan. He saw a new member from the UK and he reached out. Over the years we exchanged all kinds of music, he helped me with...
  12. John Reischman and the Jaybirds in the UK (photos)

    John and the Jaybirds are currently touring the UK. I saw them last night out in a small hall in a field in Pembrokeshire. They played beautifully, songs and instrumentals, such an amazingly talented...
  13. Thread: Skaggs

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    Re: Skaggs

    That is one of the sweetest sounding mandolins I've ever heard, just love its tone - I'm sure his playing gets it out of it.
    Agreed, Ricky is a genuinely humble guy to dismiss his own ability that...
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    Re: Carpal Tunnel Surgery

    Here in the UK the treatment was free (excluding taxes). Three years after the operation I've never felt any of the symptoms again.
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    Re: Carpal Tunnel Surgery

    Had both done and made a video at the time for anyone considering it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulIBmQs037s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulIBmQs037s
    hope this helps
  16. Re: Proper form for playing B major shape chords on mandolin

    4 4 6 7 is not only good for sliding up and down the neck but it takes little effort to make minors and sevenths.
  17. Re: I pulled the trigger again. Hope this isn't a blank this time

    Hey Brick, I've had two operations for carpel tunnel, it was a very positive outcome. All problems solved and no negative consequences. Any operation can create anxiety, but I can assure you this one...
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    Re: my collection's complete

    And you are still married?
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    Re: The “Intermediate “ problem

    Hey Don, there are a stack of bluegrass backing tracks for free on Youtube which are great to sharpen your improvisation skills on. Even the tracks intended for specific tunes can be great for...
  20. Re: So I tried to improvise for the first time, live in a jam ses

    Most weeks I have an evening playing with a friend. He pulls out songs I've never heard, but so long as I can figure out the key I play along using scales. This has always been the basis of...
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    Re: The Hot Seats

    No,our church is full of icons. This was an old Methodist chapel in Wales that is now only used for gigs. But the pews etc are still in place, which adds a nice dimension to the show.
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    The Hot Seats

    Caught the US band The Hot Seats last night. They have a couple more gigs in the UK before flying back. Great musicians, very fine songwriting.
    The mandolinplayer/lead singer Josh Bearman was kind...
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    Re: Ronnie McCoury

    Hi Ivan, look in the "other buying options" section - it's £8-50 new with £1-50 postage. Worth every penny.
  24. Re: Flickr.com - The Hot Seats (2015) 06 - Josh Bearman

    Seeing these fellas tonight. Been a couple of years since they last swung this way.
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    Re: Ronnie McCoury

    I have come to the conclusion there are two features of Ronnie's playing that give him a distinctive sound - apart from his excellence in every other aspect of playing the mandolin, he is...
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