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What I saw and heard yesterday---for musicians.
Posted by Joe Passanante on 4/10/2017, 1:38 pm
Yesterday, I attended a free concert by the Gloucester City String Band at the Brooklawn, NJ American Legion club. For those who aren't familiar, every New Years Day in Philadelphia is the annual Mummers Parade which consists of comic clubs, fancy costume clubs and string bands all vying for prizes. Carl and I marched in this parade about 3 times ourselves while still in high school years ago. A lot of the Gloucester members are old-timers, former mummers who play sax, bass fiddle, tenor/ plectrum banjos, accordions, drums and even glockenspiel (no brass allowed). They get together every Palm Sunday for this concert and also bring along instruments they are selling that were used by family members for years in the parade. For sale yesterday were: 1. A Gibson tenor banjo c. 1940s, $350.00 2. A Weymann bouzouki (no lie) without a scratch on it and in the original canvas case, 3. A 1930 Bacon and Day Tenor "Senorita" banjo in amazing shape with tons of inlay---asking price $800. It was an interesting afternoon in that after the band played, a small jam session broke out with tenor banjo, bass, and alto and tenor saxes. These guys sang as well and I was welcomed to join in on vocals as I knew a lot of the traditional string band tunes. I have the lady's phone number that is selling the bouzouki and I may call her just to see what she wants for it. Meanwhile, it was an interesting and fun afternoon and with $2 Coors lite bottles, you couldn't beat it!! A buddy of mine told me they were selling a guitar also, but when I went up to the table it was already gone so I don't know what kind it was (maybe a war-time D-28???).......Ciao, Joe P
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