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"Our repertoire comes from Uncle Dave Macon, the Carter Family, Charlie Poole, the Skillet Lickers, and many other string bands and jug bands of the 20's and 30's. We are variously veterans of the Nashville Dixie Butterhounds, Calico, the Continental Drifters, and the String Benders. We often win a prize or two at the Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. We've been known to drive 700 miles (South) at the drop of a hat just to sit around and play tunes till 4 in the morning."
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We have our own instrument mics, so we just need a standard XLR mic cord for each member of the band. Depending on who is playing bass with us, we may need just XLR cord, a cord and instrument mic, or a cord with mic and stand. George, Paul and Jon use Audio Technica Pro7a clipon mics. Mark uses a Fishman combination pickup and mic that fits in the sound hole of his guitar. These are real microphones that just need an XLR mic cord and do not need "direct" boxes or phantom power. In some situations Jon plays two different banjos and will need an instrument mic and stand for his 2nd banjo (ie: he needs two inputs to the sound board).
When we play for dances, or any other situation where we don't sing, no additional mics or cords are required. If we are playing "key-change" medleys for a contradance, Jon will be playing two banjos and will need an instrument mic for the 2nd one as described above. We like to have a monitor speaker or two when playing in large halls. We generally stand to play for dances, but would like chairs available.
When we play for performances, in addition to the XLR cords for our main instruments, we need 4 vocal mics on stands. Depending on the situation, we may also need one or two additional instrument mics for other instruments we play. We like to have a monitor speaker or two when playing in large halls. We generally stand to play for anything other than the most casual performances.
When we play for dances, we generally arrange ourselves, from stage left to stage right, Jon/Banjo, Paul/Fiddle, George/Fiddle, Mark/Guitar, Bass. Since we mostly just need mic cords and we stand to play, the key piece of information here is that if Jon needs the extra mic and stand for his 2nd banjo, they go at the stage left end.
When we play for performances, the arrangement depends somewhat on who is playing with us, but we generally want, from stage left to stage right, Paul/Fiddle, George/Fiddle, Mark/Guitar, Bass, Jon/Banjo. The four vocal mics should be spaced evenly across the stage. Jon's extra banjo mic, if needed, goes on stage right with the rightmost vocal mic. Any 2nd instrument mic requested should be between the two middle vocal mics and may get moved a bit during the performance.
This information current as of October 7th, 2002.
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