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Ralph Jordan

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  1. Hi Mike and Linda, That was indeed a very good night at Seaford. I would love any help you might offer with my 2013 tour. Up in t'north would be fine though for some odd reason I've mostly been touring the UK South. Not quite sure why, it's not by design, but there it is. So far my next tour includes: NOVEMBER 2013 Thursday 14, Uxbridge Folk Club Friday 15, Swindon Folksingers' Club Tuesday 19, Hoy at Anchor, Leigh on Sea Thursday 21, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes Saturday 23, Shammick Acoustic, Combe Martin, North Devon If you or anyone else has a suggestion for additional
  2. Well, My Dad was a church organist, and we had a piano at home...(lots of Gilbert and Sullivan recitals from Mum and Dad!) So, I started there. At school, I took up percussion, and ended up in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra for one season (Now that's posh!). Meanwhile I started on guitar, and then via various folk clubs in South London, fell under the spell of a certain Mr Wooff (of this parish) who persuaded me to to take up the Duet. (I've never looked forward since!) Other instruments? Bouzouki, Mandolin, Banjolele, Melodeon (sorry!), Bass...both acoustic and electric, Harmonium
  3. You can also add virtually every Opera singer murdering Folk Song...Anyone want a Peter Pears CD (unplayed!) And I do agree with the Grappelli/Menuhin scenario. Never understood that one either side...Probably a nice fat fee was involved.
  4. I have a Filofax with the first 8 bars of lots of tunes. (A sort of Aide Memoire) mainly because I can't keep them in my head, particularly if someone asks me to play a ceartain tune! (And never ask its name...!!!) My problem is that I always leave it at home! I'm with other posters who say that the English/Euro sessions are far more forgiving as to musical skills. In fact, I'd rather hear someone new to their instument trying to play a tune than some virtuoso showing off. Remember, we all started somewhere. So, Bring your tune books by all means, if that is of use for you, and a pox on
  5. "It sits beside the Cabbages and "peas"....No wonder it's disconsolate! (Marie Lloyd I think, although after complaints, was changed to "Sits beside the cabbages and Leeks")
  6. Michelle....."Long gentle slopes on my learning curves?" Maybe a bit too much information there!
  7. No Beating around the bush here.....5 Days....Shit, That's amazing....! Just don't turn up at one of my gigs!!! Well done....God knows what you'll be playing in 8 months. Regards Ralphie
  8. Yes but there's no attachment Tony. Assumiong that was a mistake, it's certainly brave of you! Yes indeed....Am reminded of the Simon and Garfunkel song "Sound of Silence!" Go on...Publish and be damned! The gentle folks in Duet world will be (at the very least!) sympathetic....Good luck with the upload, I'm dribbling with anticipation.....(or is that just dribbling?)
  9. Hi Tony.... I did put out a CD a year ago. ELOISE, with lots of tina stuff on it. You can listen to various bits at www.the-attic-tapes.co.uk Plus other bits and bobs!!
  10. Blimey Tony...You speak in forked tongues!! I did study music back in the 70's but, never got my head around the "terms" I just feel the music now. Am too old to get to grips with the minutiae of it all. That is definitely not knocking anyone who takes a different path. I just play by instinct. Sometimes It's right, sometimes It's wrong...But, Hey..Does it matter, as long as it sounds good? Good on you mate! Upwards Upwards! Regards Ralphie
  11. Hope she's got her own room so she can do some serious practicing. Give her my best wishes please Ralphie! Will do Dirge/Geoff. Fairly routine nowadays, but crutches required for a bit....Mind you, It's always easier playing tina sitting down, I find! Right then....Serious practicing in the morn. Night All.
  12. I concur with what the venerable Dirge says..... But, basically just muck about with it. I'm right handed, so that side came fairly easily...Had to work harder on the left side. Then it's a case of joining both hands together. It's that old routine..Practice Practice Practice. Don't get disheartened though, One day soon the light bulb will click on, and it will feel really like wearing an old pair of slippers (?)
  13. macannic....Irene is in hospital having new knees attached at the moment! Don't think Lists of Duet players are uppermost in her mind. I'm sure you'll all join with me (no pun intended!) In wishing her a speedy recovery.
  14. Sounds like a harmonica to me....Great version though. Thanks Jody.
  15. They've just entered the room, One had to go back to get the grappling hooks to make the climb to the mantlepiece. And thinking about it, after all the barn dances I've played over the years, a stable is P*** easy! (rubbish fee though!)
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