Greetings from the Workshop! It has been a busy couple of weeks with festivals, company and finish work. It was good to be back at Joe Val Bluegrass Festival again!
As always, we enjoyed the music (Gibson Brothers pictured above)...lots of great musicianship, vocals and song writing. It is also always nice to listen to all ages playing in little jams in every nook and cranny of the Sheraton....
It was good to see both new and familiar faces. I think as a maker, its a great opportunity and important to meet the musicians at these festivals. Usually, when they do decide upon a new instrument, they are most likely going to go with someone they know and trust. I find this to be a great complement as a maker. This is the way I have been doing business for the last thirty years..
Recently, in the workshop, I had Frank Wakefield stop in for me to do some repair on his Loar mandolin.
Its always a good time when Frank stops by. He always takes time to sit down and pick a few tunes with my son and I... He has a great sense of humor!
Frank is going to be playing at the Parting Glass on June 21 at 8:00 for his 80th birthday show! You can find out more at www.frankwakefield.net or www.partingglasspub.com. Hope to see you there!
ANDY STATMAN TRIO
This weekend, my son and I had the opportunity to hear The Andy Statman Trio play at The Egg in Albany. It was an excellent show. He played a nice mix of Klezmer, Jazz and American Roots music. He was accompanied by bassist Jim Whitney and percussionist Larry Eagle. My take on it was..it's where Klezmer and Bluegrass meets John Coltrain. Excellent musicianship! We had a great time!
The last bit of news from the workshop is some pictures of the Macica guitar that I recently finished making. I am real pleased with it. It has a real nice sound....
That is all for now.. March is here and Spring will soon be on its way!