Thursday, February 27, 2014


Hi all,

The ‘Amazing Jam’ is back! Even more amazing music...

The new location will be at The Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in Stirling.

A small group of us stopped by there last Sunday afternoon for “a sound check”. (OK, we also sampled the wine, the beer and the food....) The space works: acoustics are good, drinks and food are too and prices seem reasonable. We played music there for about 3 hours. We were welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and restaurant. Our music was greatly appreciated; people were asking to know when we would return!

We plan to gather there once a month from March through into June on Sunday afternoons. The dates selected are: March 16th, April 13th, May 18th and June 8th. Time will be from 2 pm until 5.

The format is a ‘song circle’ with the lead changing from person to person among the group. When their turn comes around, everyone has the option to offer a tune or pass the privilege to their neighbour.

In its previous incarnations the Amazing Jam had a thoroughly amazing character. A very large part of this was due to the fabulous core group of musicians (amazing characters, all of us....) who turned out time and again to bring it all together. A number of us have committed to this ‘revival’: people you’ll remember from the Amazing Jam in Madoc and in Marmora. We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends; for sure, there’ll be some new faces too.

I’ll be sending a reminder email a few days before our March get-together. And, in the meantime remember....

“Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s all unplugged and it’s all good! Guitar, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, accordion, flute, celtic harp – the list goes on.

“There may be only 4 or 5 of us or maybe a whole room full of musicians. A place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike. A good bunch of people playing all kinds of music together. People in their teens all the way through proto-geezers. Maybe even an incipient-geriat or two....

“Any acoustic music from punk to polka!”


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