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James R. Ferguson

Message 17827 · 30 Jun 1999 07:13:17 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Jim,
Glad you're enjoying the Music Makars. They have a real following in
the States.
How did your Summer Assembly go this year?
Donna

The_Healys wrote:

> Martin Sheffield writes in reply to Bryan McAlister:
>
> > I'm a M(usic) M(akars) fan too and quite agree. But keep your
> > head down north of the border, or you're going to get yourself
> > shot!!!
>
> Away wi' ye, Martin. Or, if you prefer, stuff and nonsense.
> I had the great privilege of MCing with the The Music Makars playing
> at the dance at Castle Menzies earlier this month. Plenty of locals
> present and I don't know one who didn't enjoy him(her)selves. A
> great night and a challenging one for the band too as the programme
> had been devised by Marjorie McLaughlin using all the published
> dances from the Menzies Manuscript and a few other from the same
> period: a lot of work for Etienne arranging unfamiliar music which
> he did brilliantly.
>
> No, it's not exactly the same sound as you get from a local band but
> what's wrong with that? I am reminded of the story of the late
> Richard Feynman, physicist and drummer extraordinary who found
> himself in the Mardi Gras procession in Rio playing some percussion
> instrument or other (can't remember what) and the locals went wild
> at his playing. Feynman couldn't explain it but finally figured out
> that he had a subtly different accent to the locals which was
> pleasing - like someone speaking English with an attractive French
> accent. Same sensation I get with MM - a subtle little difference,
> particularly in the fiddle, with hints of Cajun, Blue Grass, Cape
> Breton. As Bryan said we could do with more of that - anywhere,
> North or South of any border you choose to pick.
>
> Jim Healy
> Perth, Scotland
>
> --
> The_Healys <Xxx_Xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>

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