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The words was the hardest thing to get and make 'em stick. Sometimes you'd sit down at night and write two or three songs, but they had the same tune to mostly all. All the blues pretty near sound alike unless you got a rare voice and put turns and trills in it - Thomas A. "Georgia Tom" Dorsey interviewed by Jim O'Neal and Amy van Singel, The Voice Of The Blues

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Offline colm kill paul

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Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« on: January 21, 2015, 01:03:57 PM »


Folks,

Here is my stab at Ed Bell's "Mamlish Blues" as learnt from John Miller at his inspirational workshop in Edinburgh last summer.

I'm enjoying playing it so I thought I'd post a clip.

All the best

Colm
« Last Edit: January 21, 2015, 01:32:39 PM by colm kill paul »

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 02:04:37 PM »
Well done, Colm!  I really like your singing, as per usual, and your playing has a lot of drive.  I like the little syncopated rhythmic hitch you put in the signature lick, too.  It's great to hear you venturing into non-John Hurt material.  Thanks for putting the video up.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 03:40:32 PM »
Grand video Colm! No wonder you attracted all those admirers!

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2015, 01:29:55 AM »
Great stuff, Colm. Nice to hear you venturing into new territory.
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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2015, 01:41:55 AM »
That's great.   The playing has real freedom and swing to it.  Really playing the song rather than just accompanying it. 

However, a black mark for it not being MJH :-)

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2015, 05:12:26 AM »
Really nice singing and playing, Colm! A great video visually too!  8)

Cheers

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 09:40:16 AM »
Yeah, what they all said and very dapper attire, I might add.

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2015, 12:25:19 PM »
Well done :) preserves very much the original feeling.
What I?m trying to say, it sound wonderfully original.
Original is the word I was looking for :D
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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2015, 09:22:35 PM »


Folks,

Here is my stab at Ed Bell's "Mamlish Blues" as learnt from John Miller at his inspirational workshop in Edinburgh last summer.

I'm enjoying playing it so I thought I'd post a clip.

All the best
The video is private so I can't see it :(

Colm
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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2015, 01:45:54 PM »
I love Ed Bell and you sound great!

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2015, 12:17:53 PM »
Excellent, I was unfamiliar with this song

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015, 01:30:33 AM »
wow! great singing and playing! love it

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2015, 12:23:53 PM »
What does Mamlish mean?

Offline colm kill paul

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2015, 01:02:58 PM »
Very good question Harry!

John Miller gave us an excellent explanation at his Edinburgh work shop. Perhaps John you might answer this one? It is interesting.

Colm
« Last Edit: April 08, 2015, 01:09:31 PM by colm kill paul »

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2015, 01:51:56 PM »
Well, if "mamlish" actually does mean something, I don't know what it is, but if you look at the contexts in which it was used, it appears to function as a non-specific intensifier, as in Bobby Grant's "Nappy Head Blues"   

   "Head so nappy, feet so mamlish long, looked like a turkey comin' through the mamlish corn"

Substitute "very", "doggone" or f***in'" and you'd have approximately the same meaning.

At one point, I thought "mamlish" might be the feminine equivalent of "mannish", but that idea doesn't hold up under examination of the different contexts in which the word was used.

All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: April 08, 2015, 01:54:03 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2015, 11:29:58 AM »
Did a google search and it appears that John Tefteller, the guy with probably the biggest collection of blues 78s in the world, and producer of the great blues calendar from his company www.bluesimages.com has a standing offer/reward to anyone who can explain and prove what 'mamlish' means.

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2015, 11:44:18 AM »
Well then hustle and call him up and patiently explain:

"Mr. Tefteller, it's a linguisitic intensifier generally synonomous with 'mutha-f*ckin'. Have a mamlish nice day."

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2015, 05:31:57 AM »
Well done :) preserves very much the original feeling.
What I?m trying to say, it sound wonderfully original.
Original is the word I was looking for :D

I agree with
That's great.   The playing has real freedom and swing to it.  Really playing the song rather than just accompanying it. 

However, a black mark for it not being MJH :-)

agree with this.  some nice giddy-up to it.  like the presentation, too. 

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Re: Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2015, 09:07:18 AM »
Really well done and its a great song, love the frenetic style Ed Bell had. Post more videos mate
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