I've always wanted to see him live, ever since he first played Tony Revell guitars in '93, when I bought a guitar from Tony and he gave me a signed photo of Catfish (which I still have). Up until two hours before the gig, I was unaware he was playing in a venue called The Cockpit (not too sure what sort of bar it was!) not far from me. A mate and guitar maker from York, who knows him well, was going and passing by my house. How could I say no?
He was great - his performance was so engrossing and his playing musical, if you know what I mean.
Probably the best gig I've been to recently, much better than David Russell who I saw in London a few weeks ago and played out of tune for the whole gig, which clearly put him off and everybody else.
Catfish plays a lot of artificial harmonics, which really added sparkle to the pieces - he glued some new nails on in the interval when we could share nail stories!! I asked about the original bluesmen using that technique and he said he nicked it from Harpo Marx, a technique he used on the harp.
He played a National Resphonic, who he endorses, sounded great, an O'29 by Santa Cruz which had a massive sound (tuned down a tone) and one of Ralph Bown's 12 strings based on a Stella, bass tuned to Bb and .68 gauge, so basically a baritone. All had Highlanders and also mic'ed up - they sounded fantastic.
His wife was the sound 'guy' and recorded the whole concert for YouTube.
We heard a lot of insightful stories about Joseph Spence, Leadbelly et al.
This was the end of a two month tour and now he's heading home to Iowa until next year's UK tour. The nicest guy, just wish I'd seen and met him 26 years ago.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2019 12:14:06 GMT by jonnymosco
trevboy50: Thanks walkingdecay for the info no probs i
Nov 30, 2019 0:01:33 GMT
trevboy50: thanks walkingdecay for the info I'll abide as necessary ..
Nov 30, 2019 0:06:07 GMT
walkingdecay: The cue words for our dogs to let go are, "Go Yoko." This often puzzles owners whose dogs have been to us for training, but I like to think they are carrying on the tradition.
Nov 30, 2019 12:32:48 GMT
robmc: My cue words are "give me the bloody ball you little sod"
Dec 1, 2019 22:47:15 GMT
walkingdecay: Hah! That wouldn't work with our akitas anyway, because of one of the breed's weird characteristics is that they won't fetch. They'll invent all sorts of ball games to play solo but expect them to retrieve and they'll give you a look that says, "Why?"
Dec 2, 2019 8:56:18 GMT
curmudgeon: Tomorrow our neighbours finally leave! Whoopee! And taking their West highland terrier with them! Dogs are just dogs right? Dog owners who have NO idea as to how to treat or understand dogs are *****
Dec 2, 2019 16:52:58 GMT
robmc: Careful curmudgeon, you haven't met your new neighbours yet (I assume)!
Dec 2, 2019 17:24:23 GMT
robmc: Mine's a Spaniel, he has quite a few obsessions but his top four are, balls (especially if they squeak), birds, squirrels and unicorn slippers.
Dec 2, 2019 17:27:45 GMT
walkingdecay: A woman posts about what she perceives as sexism in a Mister Man book on her social media feed and that becomes "Mister Men book in sexism row" in The Daily Heil. Someone needs a sense of proportion - and it's not the woman.
Dec 3, 2019 8:23:52 GMT
walkingdecay: Another akita quirk, as it happens. I've had to take the squeak out of toys because the "crying" upsets the bitches, who are fanatical mums. Akita lore has it that Japanese farmers trusted them with kids to the extent they'd leave them as babysitters.
Dec 3, 2019 8:30:42 GMT
curmudgeon: We've had this strange creature for seven days! We weighed it - 12lbs! and he's 40 inches long - (longer than the Eastman parlour I just bought!) Hello little kitty (not) - and he doesn't like guitars - tough!
Dec 3, 2019 21:15:39 GMT
walkingdecay: I like big domestic cats. They can be tough guys but I remember from my youth (which is closer to me than yesterday, it sometimes seems) that it was the little farm cats you needed to be most wary of. Maybe the big ones just concentrate on getting bigger.
Dec 4, 2019 15:17:27 GMT
walkingdecay: Red sky at night: street lights.
Dec 4, 2019 15:19:10 GMT
walkingdecay: Exchange about a pot-bellied pig on my wife's coven's chat feed: A: "You say he's very intelligent yet he eats tea bags?" B: "Well he says they're fine for him to have."
Dec 5, 2019 9:02:52 GMT
ocarolan: .. I hope he knows which ones are plastic-free...
Dec 5, 2019 14:58:54 GMT
walkingdecay: Oh I expect so. The conversations on there tend to run to things like organic veg and wicker coffins. Come to think of it, I'd like to be composted.
Dec 5, 2019 15:46:23 GMT
Onechordtrick: Just discovered that Emilia Earhart played banjo . It seems that all heroes are ultimately flawed....
Dec 7, 2019 10:35:21 GMT
ocarolan: I believe that as a result she changed her surname to Earhurt....
Dec 7, 2019 15:54:54 GMT
curmudgeon: Emilia Earhart ? didn't she play the mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones? Or was that Earl Scruggs?
Dec 7, 2019 19:40:51 GMT
walkingdecay: Removed comment about election as may offend the Tories here.
Dec 13, 2019 2:16:43 GMT