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Greetings from the sunny Isle of Ma

Postby louisianagrey » Wed May 29, 2002 8:02 pm

Hi guys, I'm another old fart who likes the blues. Been playing guitar on and off for 30 years, in various kinds of music, but I always loved the blues ever since I first heard the Wolf singing "Smokestack Lightning". I also play bass, mandolin and Cajun accordion (not all at the same time, though).
I'm a full time guitar maker now, specialising in resonators. I'm also a bit of an obsessive Telecaster lover. I've lost count of the number of guitars I've owned over the years - I used to work in computing, at which time I could even afford a couple of Beltonas but these days I pretty much stick to playing my own guitars in public because it's a better advertisement (my wife says)!
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Postby dougtheslug » Thu May 30, 2002 12:49 am

Hi Pete,

Nice of you to join our little group. There's not too many builders in it, but almost everyone likes to talk to builders. It seems we play too, but with a slightly different view on things. You can review some of my instruments (both sight and sound) by searching under "dougtheslug" posts. The titles will give away the contents. I will now and in the future start to address building questions to you.

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Postby bottleneck » Thu May 30, 2002 8:07 am

howdy and welcome manxman.a lot of us yanks only know of the isle of man from motorcycle racing.who would of thought there would be someone making resos there.is it true that one must be related to or married to someone from the aisle of man in order to live there?are there any blues venues there ,or do you have to go to the bigger island for that?anyway,welcome.
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Postby louisianagrey » Thu May 30, 2002 10:17 am

The sofware seems to lop a couple of letters off the heading every time, doesn't it? The motorcycle racing is on this week and next week, as it happens - usually a good time for musicians (I've played to crowds of 1500 people some years) but this year I've got no gigs at all. Gives me a chance to watch some of the racing though, because usually I'm getting to bed about 3am and getting up too late to see much of it next day.
Pretty much the only regular blues on the island is the session down at the local pub on Wednesday nights. However, we've just had our annual festival (see http://www.bigwheelblues.com) which was pretty good fun, although I missed Saturday night because I had a gig somewhere else. It was really good seeing Jimmy Burns from Chicago again - his brother played with John Lee Hooker for years. Great singer and a real gentleman - he not only remembered my name but also that when we last met 2 years ago I was about to ride a Harley across the USA. Also Wes Mackey, a one-man band from Vancouver, who as well as singing and playing guitar also plays the bassline on foot pedals at the same time!
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Postby louisianagrey » Thu May 30, 2002 10:21 am

Just noticed I didn't answer the residence question. There's no restriction on living in the Isle of Man - you're probably thinking of the Channel Islands. You do need a work permit to be employed here for the first five years of residence, though. I'm not sure what the position is if you're self employed. I've been here 12 years and my previous employers sorted out the work permit when I first came.
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Postby diamond » Thu May 30, 2002 5:27 pm

Hiya Pete, and welcome...I'm a "Brummie" living in deepest Worcestershire, it's always nice to welcome a fellow Brit to the fold! Badfinger informed me of your Reso's a few months ago and they are certainly impressive!
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