27 November 2014

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There is still time to catch our friends in the US before they sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, so the BIB is glad to join 'Bluegrass in Ireland' in wishing them, and the worldwide bluegrass community, a very happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks to banjo innovator Tom Nechville of Nechville Musical Products for a message which, though not sent specifically for Thanksgiving, expresses his personal gratitude for a form of work that satisfies creative desire, and envisages his 'Banjo Revolution' slogan extending to cover a major social revolution - the proliferation of homegrown music worldwide. Tom writes:

... Our existence becomes a little happier when we experience the true meaning of making beautiful music together... People of all walks of life and the world at large can benefit from creative pursuits as simple as friendships through music.

Tom's full message can be seen on Facebook. There's a Nechville banjo for every kind of music that can be played on a 5-string, and Tom's inventiveness extends to details such as the High Five bridge for clawhammer players.
Less good news: the Northern Ireland Arts Council, which supports such tours as the one a month ago by the Furnace Mountain string band, is facing cuts in its funding. You can give support for its campaign against cuts here.
Finally, the best advice we have for Thanksgiving is: read Chris Jones on Bluegrass Today, and then follow Chris's example and (however light-heartedly) draw up a list of things for which to be thankful.


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