[Dixielandjazz] One for Brother Gunter
pj.ladd at btinternet.com
Tue Nov 7 04:50:26 PST 2006
I really couldn't tell what the guy was doing until I saw that he had a
small cymbal set on the end of the board.. >>
Hi Ron, Bills (Gunter and Haesler) etc.
The vertical washboard on the youtube clips seemed to me to be merely an
extension of the `lagerphone`. This was introduced to me more than 40 years
ago by a mate from Auckland NZ.
It consisted of a pole ,about like a Boy Scouts Staff (or stave). with 6 or
8 nails driven into it. Each nail piercd about 6 beer bottle tops so that it
rattled when thumped on the ground. There was also a notched stick which was
used like a bow to rattle the bottle tops some more.
There was usually a rubber walking stick ferrule on the bottom end to
protect the floor and to produce a solid thump.
The whole thing was often decorated wiith ribbons and maybe a small cymbal.
Itmade a damn good rythm section for impromptu pub gigs. Rolf Harris
introduced it on British TV about 20 years later.
To add a washboard and lose the notched stick seems a simple evolutionary
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