Ambler Tavern Open Mic

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Hi Patrick hope you are well, we have got a little open mic night going in the West Midlands UK and would love to attract a few more players. We have a very open policy to styles and tastes and welcome budding musicians to get up and have a go. We have no financial interests in the event and run …

Skype Lessons Update

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The response to our free Skype lessons has been just wonderful. I am scheduling every day and even some weekends. Lots of new friends and pickers from around the USA, Canada, England and Scotland so far. It is a real pleasure to give folks a leg up on our beloved banjo. If you would like to join in just …

Deep Ellum Blues!

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Dorene writes: Just wanted to let you know that almost 6 years ago I started playing banjo with you guys. It has been a marvelous trip thanks to you and your lessons and so much encouragement that comes through on your lessons. I was a kid who skipped school on the days I would have to give an oral report …

A Child is Born

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Norm in Skokie writes: Hi Patrick – I wrote another song, I think you’ll like it. Feel free to share if you like. The Daily Frail is such a great place to learn the banjo, and music in general, I just love it. Thanks and all the best – Norm

Happy New Ubuntu Day!

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Ubuntu 14.10, code-named Utopic Unicorn, was released today – just a few days after the Linux distribution’s tenth birthday. I am downloading the ISO image for the Ubuntu Gnome releaseĀ as I write this. Joy! I think every folk musician should become at least a little bit comfortable working with Linux. Why? Because Linux is the software equivalent of a …

Goodbye, Stan Jay

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Stan Jay, owner of Mandolin Brothers, passed away on Wednesday morning. Mandolin Brothers was a special place. That’s where Dear Old Dad bought my beloved Dobro 33H . . . what a day that was. You will be missed, Stan. Godspeed. Here is an interview and shop tour we did with Stan back in 2000 for The Down Neck …