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Tom Rhoads

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  1. I will be there! I have been a few times before, and always really enjoyed it. I also play old time music on mountain dulcimer (or whatever I can get my hands on), so this is a particularly nice festival for me, and the weather in East Texas has always been warm and lovely. Not to mention there is some good BBQ to be had there. If anyone reading this is going and would like to save a few $$$ by sharing a hotel room, send me a PM and maybe we can work something out. I plan to arrive Thursday afternoon. As of 25 Feb. I have not booked a room. I don't smoke (and it needs to be a
  2. Just a few days away!! Time to make sure my bags and cases are in order. If anybody wants to share a ride from the Dallas area, send me a PM. TomR
  3. A couple of years have gone by. Are upgrade reeds for the Elise still available? Thanks... TomR
  4. My approach to song accompaniment on Anglo is usually to first try to play the melody in the right hand, and find some consonant notes or chords that work in the left hand. I have been doing it long enough that I usually have some good possibilities under my fingers. Then I start singing along, and eventually start modifying the right hand part - usually making it simpler - to complement the vocal. (The RH of the anglo is above my vocal range.) Finally I start filling in details, little flourishes and fills. While singing, I usually play oom-pah style in the left hand: root note of a chord
  5. I have two C/G Anglos. My Morse Ceili (all wood, accordion reeds) weighs 2 lbs 1.7oz (954g). My Kensington (metal ends, traditional reeds) weighs 3 lbs 2.5oz (1.43kg) The difference is pronounced. I think the Morse must be one of the lightest concertinas there is, and, needless to say, it's way more comfortable to play standing up. I don't have particularly robust wrists, and sometimes that difference really matters to me. In the situations where I want to play standing up, I don't think that a neck/shoulder strap is very desirable for me. I improvised one once (for another larger box) an
  6. I plan to attend! This is a special event for me because I also play mountain dulcimer, and the MD workshops are also great. This year I will make a point of eating at Shep's. Yummm. If anyone wants to rideshare from Dallas - I'll be flying into Love Field - or is interested in saving some bucks by sharing a hotel room, PM me. TomR
  7. I think I might have just gotten the last room at the Best Western. (!) Still open to sharing a room and splitting the cost. The room I got has 2 double beds. I don't snore or smoke. Those allergic to mountain dulcimers might want to beware, though. Anyone interested in room share or ride share can PM me. Tom
  8. Can anybody make a hotel recommendation? Is there a hotel that is preferred by festival goers? Anybody looking to share a hotel room? My choice of lodging may ultimately depend on what I can get by cashing in frequent flyer points, but some context would be helpful. Also... I'm planning to rent a car. Anybody need a ride to Old Pal from Dallas on Thursday afternoon, and back on Sunday? Cheers, Tom Rhoads
  9. Just bought my plane tickets. I'll be there! I play mountain dulcimer as well, so I will be dividing my time between two sets of workshops. I'm sure this will mean a certain amount of frantically running up and down the stairs. Just as well... I'm not likely to get any other exercise there. Looking forward to it! TomR
  10. The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society is pleased to announce two performances by noted Anglo concertina player Jody Kruskal (who frequents this forum) and his musical comrade, fiddler Paul Friedman. Jody is a remarkable player - it is probably fair to call him virtuosic - who has expanded the horizons of his performances on the Anglo to many styles of music. He has won particular acclaim for his use of the concertina in old-time American music - blues, ragtime, traditional country music, Tin Pan Alley songs and more. A sweet-voiced singer with an engaging character, he draws his audien
  11. I have always sung, although I didn't get serious about it until I was in college. I still usually identify voice as my main "instrument." I had piano lessons as a child, but they didn't take. I settled on cello at age 8, but mostly gave it up at 14 when my family moved and the orchestra at my new school didn't amount to much. But in college I picked up the guitar (and studied theory) and the guitar has been my primary instrument since then (other than voice). I played in a band with a mountain dulcimer player for a few years and got the bug to take up MD, which I have come to really love.
  12. Frank, I have wondered for a while now... what distinguishes the Professional Model from your standard instrument? Thanks, TomR
  13. Well, I got back from Old Pal tonight, exhausted but happy. Plenty of good free reed vibes. Large quantities of excellent BBQ. Big thumbs up for Jody Kruskal as a teacher. And I attended a few good dulcimer workshops too. Didn't win that beautiful dulcimer in the raffle, oh well... maybe next year. I certainly hope I can go next year! Zzzzzz....
  14. I'm hoping to find transport from Plano, TX (north suburb of Dallas) to Palestine on Thursday the 24th, and back to Dallas Love Field on Sunday the 27th. I can pay a share, or share the cost of a rental car. Alternatively, I could rent a car myself and give a lift to/from the Dallas area to someone who can chip in. I'd just rather not take on the cost (and carbon footprint) of a rental car all by myself. Also, if anyone has hotel space to share, I can sleep on the floor and pay a share of that. If you're interested, please send me a private message. Thanks, Tom Rhoads
  15. At the risk of sounding overly concerned with details, what exactly is the modification to the Jeffries layout? Thanks in advance, Tom
  16. I wanted to come last year, couldn't make it, but this year I plan to be there! Since I play old-time music on guitar and mountain dulcimer as well as concertina, this event is a natural for me. Question - Registration for the Old Pal old-time festival is at the door only - is any advance payment required for the concertina sessions? Anybody looking to share a motel room, or transport to/from Dallas (Love Field)? --TomR
  17. Looks like a Crane duet. The description of its condition sounds too good to be true: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150550606946 Any comments from the gallery?
  18. I'll start... I've just moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. I play anglo concertina and I would be happy to find students. I've been playing concertina since 2000. My focus has been on traditional dance tunes - mainly Irish (I attended Noel Hill's Midwest week a while back), but also American, Playford and other sources. In addition, I do song accompaniments, somewhat after the style of John Roberts. I've performed professionally (mainly as a singer and guitarist) since the early '90s. I have a B.A. in music, a good command of theory, and a broad base of knowledge on which to draw (es
  19. If you teach concertina, why not hang out your shingle here?
  20. Hmmm. I have to say that doesn't sound promising. Retuned up a semitone and then back down. Can't be good for the durability of the reeds. And though many reeds could be swapped to accomplish the tuning... well, I don't play Irish exclusively and the idea of the low F (which I use a lot for song accompaniment) having been tuned up to E and then back is a bummer. (*Sigh* Not trying to offend anyone, but I think C# sessions are a bad idea to start with, and this is another reason why.) TomR
  21. eBay listing (US) The seller writes: Looks like a fairly typical instrument. There are 12 pictures, including a serial number (inside the reedpan) of 149116 which the seller suggests is a 1920s number. I have not cross checked that myself, I am not wise in the ways of serial numbers. This instrument might be a good one for me and I'd be interested to hear comments from the gallery. Thanks, TomR
  22. A Vickers-branded, apparently Lachenal, 46 key duet, identified as a MacCann: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160406459159 I'd be curious to hear comments on this from the gallery. Obviously there is not that much hard data to go on (though more than is often the case on eBay), but there are pictures. thanks, Tom
  23. Hmmm, don't remember the concertina, I will have to watch that episode again! Sellers' portrayal of a wild Gypsy violinist was unforgettable - to the extent that it's the only thing I remember about his appearance on the Muppet Show... Audible in the LP fadeout of Steeleye Span's Commoner's Crown: "I say, are you a matelot?" "Careful what you say sir - we're on board ship here..."
  24. Maybe Frank Edgley would make one of his 24-button boxes in D/A ? Might be a good compromise.
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