Notes on playing the banjo uke (and the regular ukulele), as well as some of my favorite songs and videos, but mostly, you'll find information here on my particular obsession - the many models of banjo ukulele offered by Stromberg-Voisinet in the 1920's to 1931.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year - The Holiday Creep

Happy New Year to those still following this infrequently posted blog. I hope that you had as good a holiday as I had!

I hate to recycle old material, but in keeping with the burgeoning green economy, I'm re-doing last year's Christmas song. I don't think I did such a hot job on the recording you might have seen on the blog from last year, so here's a newer, pared-down version of a tune I wrote called "The Holiday Creep".

Based on the kind reaction from several friends whose opinion I trust, I may post more of the many songs I've written, but haven't had the stomach to share with you before this.  Thanks friends and you know who you are...  :)

News to report: my band, the Buck and a Quarter Quartet, starts 2 residencies this month,

The first at Freddy's Bar on 5th Ave and 18th Street in Brooklyn's South Park Slope area, where we play the second Friday of every month at 8-9 p.m.  The second residency is at one of my favorite places to eat and drink, Jimmy's, which is at 43 East 7th Street, and we play there the last Thursday of every month, 9-12 p.m. We'll be joined there by special guests from the traditional jazz community.

Now, you might say, "Hey, John, that's not a quartet."  To that, I would reply, "Yeah. So?"

Keep on strumming and Happy New Year!