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Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by ellenpc on 1 May 2003 4:04pm
WOW Beki!!!!!!

My jaw is still scraping on the floor.............. impressed just doesn't do it..........

I'm a gigging musician too (Flute, pipes and recorders, keyboards, vocals) but certainly haven't played with anyone quite that famous!!!!!

I do understand totally your experiences of Irish music making as my good mate and leader of one of the bands I play in is Mary Dunne, who made her name in Donegal, London and then in Japan with a band called Paddys Cure. She recorded her first solo album there and then toured with it. Now here in NZ we play most of her original songs mixed with some good old Irish numbers. Here in NZ people are very shy about music making, whereas to Mary it's as natural as breathing and not seen as 'showing off' to want to play in public. Being a Brit abroad, I can identify with both styles and definately lean more towards the Irish! :^}

My hubby John is also a musician (classical violin, rock and blues guitar and keyboards) and was extremely interested and impressed reading your post.
To keep us alive and eating, he works for a technology company by day and morphs into a muso by night and on Sunday mornings, playing in the orchestral masses at the Roman Catholic Cathedral! :^}
Before he worked as a tech wizz, he taught the above instruments and composition around schools. One job he had was tutoring the rock band at a local Catholic Girls High. They were required to play for the school assembly each term in front of the Nuns and the Mother Superior and each term they would try to sneakily play the most innapropriate song without telling John. One time he only just stopped them from playing 'Cocaine' before the assembled nuns, Mother Superior and the School Board representative!!

At the moment we, like you and your hubby are enjoying playing together and have started rehearsing and writing with another friend on bass. It's nice isn't it. :^}

Any way, thanks for sharing your story so far, I'm still dribbling with respect and envy! :^} You're a total inspiration for me.

Ellen x
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by sleepydumpling on 2 May 2003 2:50am
Yep Beki

Brisbane in Oz. We're even bigger than Sydney and Melbourne as far as our public library service is concerned. It's brilliant! You can imagine how big and diverse the collection is - and I can get my hot little hands on all of it!

Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by MissTrixiB on 2 May 2003 2:58am
don't have the demo any more....it was for a 'freind'. He was the writer and I was to be the voice. He picked a different 'voice' instead of mine to repersent his music. At least I know that he wasted the money on studio time and never go anything for it....to this day I have yet to hear him 'out there' (is that bad karma?).
Have fun!!! (looking forward to that book;-))
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 2 May 2003 5:53pm

Do you play Celtic music? I am guessing at this -- but from the instruments you play, this is what I would gather. It's cool that you and your husband play together - family music is fun! Paddy's Cure! -- I know I've seen the band's name before -- It's taken from the lyric in the song "The Rocky Road to Dublin" -- I don't know all the lyrics but I wonder if the song has to do with the road that runs from Cork to Dublin. It used to take us 6 hours to get back and forth (including stops at pubs)! and now it takes about 3 and 1/2! It is now a "real" highway (I think -- at least it appeared to be, last time I was there) -- meaning, you don't have to stop for cow crossings quite as often now! Cork is a great town, as well - once while playing the Guinness Jazz Festival (in Cork City), our band stayed at a B & B in Blarney (5 miles from Cork). We had free-time on our hands during the day so one afternoon before heading into town to the gig, we walked over to the Blarney Castle grounds and decided to "storm the castle" from the back. This effort entailed climbing up the steep hill behind the castle, grabbing trees and rocks until we got to the top which was on the same level as the ..... swimming pool -- well, that's what we called it! It was actually a trenched, walled in area used by soldiers defending the castle against it's many invaders. We were finally "busted" by a guard who didn't think our storming the castle was as funny as we did -- he was very disturbed that we didn't pay our three pounds entry fee and I detected he was a little upset with himself for not detecting us sooner. The guard made us go out the front and come back in like the rest of the tourists.

That's funny -- the bit about your husband and the Catholic girl band -- those poor nuns would have had simultaneous coronaries, had the kids gotten away with it!!

Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 2 May 2003 5:56pm
That's awesome, Kath! Yes, you are a very lucky librarian!!!

Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 2 May 2003 6:01pm
Trixi -- Karma may be a factor but he's probably someone who just couldn't get beyond the vision stage. That's why one must go forth without fear -- the worst thing that can happen is that your project will not succeed but if you don't pursue it, the *best* thing that can happen is that your project won't succeed. Ok, I will go now and heed my own advice - I'm starting to sound like the contents of a fortune cookie!
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by Dianne on 3 May 2003 3:39am
Welcome to the site Beki and I know you will enjoy posting as well as getting to know the rather strange people here.

Kath – there was a librarian here before you and Beki, did you know that? Shall the three of us start a librarian club on Palin’s Travels?
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by MissTrixiB on 3 May 2003 4:22am
hey! Cool...it's catching on again!
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 3 May 2003 7:59am
Thanks, Dianne! I'm just a librarian wanna-be but I'd love to be included in the librarian club! ( sub folder or something )! Good idea (or as we say around these parts, "Good idea-r!"


Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by Dianne on 3 May 2003 9:17am
I'm sure Kath wouldn't mind librarian wanna-be's in our club Beki. Since I came up with the idea I'll make myself club President and I say you are welcome to the club with open arms.
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