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Offline blueshome

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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #75 on: April 14, 2013, 06:30:34 AM »
Another successful Euroweenie weekend passes.
 
Thanks to Richard for setting up the hotel and for having the original idea. Thanks to all who attended for making it an enjoyable weekend. The hotel staff were friendly and the food was much better than previous years, no doubt we'll be back.

Whilst the Euroweenie brick did not make a personal appearance this time (no-one could be bothered to go out in the rain to find it), it is a perpetual award and despite being offered it for winning Parlor Picker's ridiculously easy quiz, I believe it should be awarded to the above named and his playing partner, Dennis Riggs, for their lucky dip performance. A really nice couple of songs from two who are not regular performers.

I'll leave others to give a full report and post photos.


Offline Mike Shipman

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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #76 on: April 14, 2013, 10:44:00 AM »
I agree with Phil, a great weekend - I thoroughly enjoyed listening to everybodies great renditions of great songs, being able to play along with others, trying out some new songs to sing and play, lots of interesting and enjoyable discussion (especially the New Forest deer recipes Richard!), reading my Mississippi John Hurt book, eating rather good food, and all in all not having any of the day to day "stuff" that usually goes on in life interfering with music - yes it was great.

Thanks to Prof Scratchy for the workshops, I've decided to keep my (usually unplayed) 12 string as a result!

Looking forward to the next one.
Mike Shipman
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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #77 on: April 15, 2013, 12:24:18 PM »
Another one over and my thanks to all the boys and girls who attended, I really enjoyed this one and hope everyone else did as well.

And, I would also like to endorse the comments of that avid deer fetishist young Shipman wot he made in respect of the Professors excellent contributions and of course that young PP's quiz of which I scored four., err, uummm...

I would also like to say how good it was to see Graham performing after what he has been through, which make my recent succession of torn muscles and general demise seem as they say to be medically, bugger all!

On a more musical note, I have a recording of I think just about everybody doing something, so give me a few days and I'll get them sorted and post something - the quality, from what I have heard is surprsingly good.

When the sun is out I might have a look around and see if there is anywhere else that is a bit nearer a motorway or at least a main road, but will take sounding before moving. What else, oh yes - I think us Somerset\Wiltshire types (listening Andrew?) ought to decend en mass to this open mic thing down in deepest Nunney and shew 'em where it's at - what do you think weenies?

Time for my medication.
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #78 on: April 16, 2013, 02:13:04 AM »
I agree with the above comments. It was a nice relaxed event and as usual it was great to see old friends again. It was particularly good to be able to welcome back young Natterjack, who despite his claims of not having played much guitar recently put in some outstanding and highly enjoyable instrumental performances on various 6- and 12-string guitars.

Denis Riggs was in great demand as a harp-player. He also had the misfortune to be my partner in the lucky dip. We fumbled our way through, only to now discover that Phil has awarded us the infamous "brick" (by now virtual, as it was hidden somewhere outside in the rainy garden and it is possible that only last year's winner, Colm, knows its actual whereabouts). Not sure if I should prepare an acceptance speech or return it like the Beatles and their MBEs.

I have uploaded a lot of photos as usual, but it takes ages to reduce them in size to fit Weenie parameters and crop the odd one, etc. I will eventually be posting a gallery. (New gallery please, Slack.)

Referring back to Prof. Scratchy's 12-string workshop, I for one did not know that Barbecue Bob played in a different string configuration, but as soon as you heard the guitar, the sound was distinctive. He played that on a Gibson and kept the mighty Boris back for the more normal octave string arrangement. Scratchy also brought along great Tonk American and Gibson LG-3 six-string guitars (he promised to give me the latter guitar after I lusted over it, but seemed to forget his promise in the next second...).

And I almost forgot to mention how much Scratchy and I were impressed by Norfolk Slim's various performances. His playing, presentation and choice of material have all improved noticeably over the years. Greatly enjoyed (as was his shirt decorated with ukuleles!).
« Last Edit: April 16, 2013, 03:22:53 AM by Parlor Picker »
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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #79 on: April 16, 2013, 11:25:43 AM »
Update - the recordings are quite good and I have managed to split the sound files so can offer a track or two by all concerned in mp3 format with the tracks being 3-4mb on average. I have some email details but if you want to hear yourself be sure to send a message with an email address so I can send the file. Please do let me know if you want the file trimmed to just the song or if you want it mit banter to edit it youself.

Finally, could somebody let me know the order (and who were in) the original duo's - I know I was in the first!
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #80 on: April 17, 2013, 01:58:26 AM »
Enjoyable weekend as ever.  Lots of guitar porn.  Food much better.  Missed Harvey and his bottle of Cognac though...

PP tells us that his beautiful clean and crisp tone and picking is down to the Sellens guitar he plays, but there's rather more to it than that- and I concur with what Phil says on the subject!

It is nice to have a harp specialist around- and Dennis is an excellent one.

Thanks for the comments on my stuff PP.  Much appreciated.  In terms of material, perhaps I should do some more "filth" next time around!  Credit to John Miller for drawing my attention tot he wonderful Stump Johnson song!

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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #81 on: April 17, 2013, 05:58:56 AM »
Oh- and the Belton Sutherland one... Original footage here:



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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #82 on: April 17, 2013, 09:05:56 AM »
I have to concur, what an improvement in service from the hotel...They just refunded my booking for 19th to 21st April.

Oh well see you all next year, or at Bluesweek (if I can get the dates right)

Glad you all had a good one - gutted !


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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #83 on: April 18, 2013, 12:23:23 PM »
Finally back home after a slow campervan progress to and from Euroweenie. Saw some great places on the way there and back, notably  Cambridge, Boston (Lincs), and the entire East Coast from Skegness to Whitby. Not forgetting Rye, home of Parlour Picker and also, I learned, of Roger Hubbard, whom I met, albeit briefly. Roger had come across an ancient cassette tape of himself playing about 40 years ago, and a friend had further 'antiqued' it to give it a very Joe Bussard sound. Fantastic. The Euroweenie weekend itself was another testimony to the skill with which Blueshome and Richard can snatch chaos from disorder! As others have remarked, it all worked extemely well, and this year was one of the most relaxed and enjoyable gatherings ever. Greatly missed were Harvey and Bunker Hill. But the lower numbers led to brisker proceedings and a lot more playing being packed in - that was my impression anyway. Magic reappearance of Natterjack, whose playing is as strong as ever and whose taste in instruments is impeccable. Great, as ever, to hear Graham hit those basso profundo notes, leading everyone to speculate 'How Low Can Slo-Blo Go'? By the end of the weekend we found out, when there was an impromptu group performance of  Wade On The Water. Mike S and Bobalong impressed with their relaxed playing and great singing. Richard was playing some great and professional sounding lap slide fills on his duo performance. And a giant sized Yorkie Bar goes to Norfolk Slim for creating over the years a killer repertoire with much funky string snapping goodness. Thanks to Angie for sharing her birthday cake and to her hubby for keeping the pot boiling with his inexhaustible supply of new tunes. Finally thanks to PP (and Sue) for giving me a real bed to sleep in for a couple of nights, and to PP especially for the quiz (which I'm gutted not to have won), in which two of the answers were 'Johnm' and Slack. I'll see if they can guess what the questions were...


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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #84 on: April 18, 2013, 01:45:18 PM »
Sorry for the delay, your 2013 Photo Gallery is up!

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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #85 on: April 18, 2013, 01:50:56 PM »
I think it is really great the way you guys get together for this event.  What is it now--five years or more?  I know that some of you, like Professor, and Richard and Colm in past years have had to travel some distance for the get-together, but it sure sounds like a great time.  Good on yez all.
All best,
Johnm
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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #86 on: April 19, 2013, 01:35:14 AM »
Sorry for the delay, your 2013 Photo Gallery is up!
I will start to upload pictures as and when I have time - too much German to translate today. Might manage a few later, but don't get too excited as they'll be pretty much like previous years, i.e. old geezers playing old guitars... But then, that's what we like I suppose.
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Re: Euroweenie 2013
« Reply #87 on: April 19, 2013, 01:59:12 PM »
I see about 41 pics are up now -- nice pics!  ...and thanks for providing the captions!  It's a great thing you all do!

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