Sunday, September 24, 2006

Autumn: The second festival season

Well, it's officially autumn and the start of the second festival season of the year. I am especially excited about the National Folk Festival making it's home in Richmond for the second of three years. Three days of outstanding traditional music, traditional arts, and plenty of good food, beer, and wine along the Richmond riverfront. As always, admission is reasonable - FREE!

Last week the weather cooled off a bit. One could stand still outdoors without breaking a sweat. But Mother Nature was just teasing us, today the mercury was back in the 90s(F)and the humidity was not far behind. Hopefully it will cool down just a bit for the festival and the Virginia State Fair. Then I'll be looking forward to the fall rains filling the rivers again for some good paddling before it gets too cold.

Why don't we ease ourselves back into the workweek with a couple of songs by Clarence (Tom) Ashley and Tex Logan. The first features some mighty fine Autoharp and the second, some equally fine banjo.

Clarence Ashley & Tex Logan - May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister.mp3

Clarence Ashley & Tex Logan - Cluck Old Hen.mp3


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Early on, Ed suggested that this blog may have started because he received a call, out of the blue, from an old friend he hadn't heard from in 20 years. The riders of the bus should take note that his very first posting was one year ago, yesterday, on the 23rd.

Let me be first to congratulate Ed on achieving this milestone. My how time flies when you're having fun with good friends, good music and an old blue bus. I'll bet he never dreamed the blog would still be going a year later.

I don't think the destination is unknown, anymore. The days of aimless wandering have given way to a deliberate course through the history of folk music and all its related genre. Ed is a master historian of this and we, the passengers, have been privy to his sharing, not only of the music, but of his knowledge and his love of the music. Thanks Ed.

September 24, 2006 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed I am glad that anonymous posted this to remind us that it has been a year since we have been back on the bus.
He is right about the music and the history of it all. I do have to give special thanks because from back in the day
You did open my eyes to all the music that is out their. I do wish they all could have experienced the real old blue bus.
Thanks again Ed for the ride this far


September 25, 2006 7:15 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

Ed, as a newcomer to the bus, I want to also congratulate and thank you!


September 25, 2006 2:39 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Wow, has it been a year already?
Thanks for the kind words folks.

Although he never signs his comments, our Anonymous Friend was that voice on the phone a year ago. Thank you for the inspiration to start this cyber version of the Old Blue Bus and the constant encouragement to continue. You are right; I never imagined that this daily adventure would last as long as it has. While I am a master of nothing, certainly not history, ethnomusicology has been a hobby (passion?) of mine for most of my life and I love sharing that passion.

Joey, like our Anonymous Friend, is a voice from the original Old Blue Bus. Joey mailed me a copy of a mix tape that I had made for him over twenty years ago in the Bus. He had held onto, and still listened to, that tape! It was during the conversations and reminiscences with these two good friends that I thought I would recreate the good friends, good music, good drink, and good conversation that flowed so freely from my Old Blue Bus.

Ken, the new Old Blue Bus has picked up lots of new friends that, like you, add to the fun, knowledge and friendly banter that has made this all worthwhile. It has been a labor of love, but it would mean nothing without the wonderful friends, old and new we have met along the way.

September 25, 2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Someone pass me a tissue!

September 25, 2006 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need to thank the anonymous friend, he didn't do anything. The phone call wouldn't have happened if Joey hadn't called him first.

He does echo Joey, as one of the original bus riders, wishing the current passengers could have experienced at least one evening on the real bus. They were grand times.

Mr. BnH gets choked up easily, eh?

September 25, 2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Yea, those were some good times, but I think Beer is on to something.
Quit yer jawbonin', take a swig from that jug and pass it in this direction, will ya?
And turn the music up.

September 25, 2006 9:48 PM  

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