[Dixielandjazz] One for Brother Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 7 10:45:35 PST 2006
Hi Jerry and all,
I do believe the gentleman playing the lap washboard at the Washboard
Festival in Logan, Ohio, was none other than our listmate David "Sheik"
David also has a large galvanized mop bucket full of metal junk which he
keeps alongside his chair. At the end of a tune, if it has been particularly
exciting, he often picks up the pail and shakes it vigorously and then slams
it to the floor.
It makes a prodigious sound which may be heard in neighboring counties (if
not states) and always produces deep feelings of admiration in me. I love
When it comes my time to "kick the bucket" that's the bucket I wanna kick!
Bill "music lover" Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com
>From: Jerry Gordon <jerrygordon at juno.com>
>To: pj.ladd at btinternet.com
>CC: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
>Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] One for Brother Gunter
>Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 09:51:59 -0500
>I never did get to see the YouTube clip, but reading Pat's description, I
>think I know what it's like. If anyone's interested, email me and I'll
>send you a couple of pix I took at the Washboard Festival in Logan back
>in '05. I don't know who the guy is, but I'm pretty sure that's what he's
>Jerry "hit it again" Gordon, Troy, NY - Webmaster for
>On Tue, 7 Nov 2006 12:50:26 -0000 "pat ladd" <pj.ladd at btinternet.com>
> > 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
> > step.
> > Cheers
> > Pat
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