boat and banjo

I got my first 5 string banjo in about 1962 when my father bought me a John Grey which I still have but which is no longer playable because it spent too many years lying neglected in lofts.  I am pictured here on the nose of Catflap playing a 5 string travel banjo built for me by Phil Davidson in about 2003.  It is tuned to open A, (being a,E,A,G*,E) rather than open G (being gDGBD).



my 1924 Gibson snakehead A4 mandolin

In 2007 I bought the 1924 Gibson Snakehead mandolin pictured here. 

Going gigging: 
Barnard Castle.

Gigging with the Dorset Rats while exhibiting Morag at Barnard Castle in 2006.

more dorset rats

Duncan Disorderly - the giant panda is in the middle, Dr Busker (wearing the top hat) is sitting to the right, looking as if he was a member of the audience, but he usually played his accordian sitting to one side.  

As indicated above I sometimes gigged with his Dorset Rats and on this occasion I was playing my then newly acquired 1924 Gibson Snakehead in 2007 (?) at one of Dr Busker's gigs in a Dorset pub owned by one of the then Mebo Mechanics.

splitpin and friends

not singing, drinking!

splitpin kneeling in the centre with a number of mebos.

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