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World Tour 2004
The Frank Wakefield Band in UK : STEEPLE MORDEN
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Bluegrass Day at Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
I say that next to doing a trip to the USA in 1984 this has been my
Bluegrass highlight of all times. It is great that Frank is so approachable.
Although I got a chance to Speak to Bill Monroe all those years back he
would not speak about the mandolin and playing mandolin like Frank does.
I don't know if you heard, the mandolin workshop Frank did was excellent,
the best I have ever been to. Frank even borrowed a mandolin, detuned it
and played a tune of his I requested - " The GREEK" not sure if you have
heard him play it or not, it was awesome - and he suddenly remembered the
second part to it. I was speechless.
If there is a chance they can get that tune covered on an instructional
DVD - I will buy 10 copies if necessary! ( I have made a note of the
tuning but it won't be enough to work out how Frank was playing it)
I purchased DVD #3 and I am very pleased. I was surprised how much Frank
sounds like Monroe - the closest I have heard I'm sure, you cannot tell the
difference from the original Monroe recordings. I thought the lighting,
picture quality and sound of the DVD was excellent. There is a load of
material to work on to keep you busy for months.
So Jim please say 'hi' to Frank from me "and my father" who for a 15 year old
thought Frank was cool !
I hope the filming I did at Steeple Morden is going to be ok and good
enough to be put on the http://www.candlewater.com/ site.
Bluegrass Day at Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, England 27th March 2004.
There was a rare treat in store for Bluegrass and Bluegrass mandolin fans.
It started with Frank Wakefield's mandolin workshop......
In the evening there was the show. Frank Wakefield was on form, not only in
his style of entertainment but as a master of the mandolin who blended
Monroe style mandolin with his own unique style. It was great to hear him
play his classic songs, tunes and solos as well as new material. I love his
mandolin solo compositions as they seem to bring out unusual tones
and harmony notes that you don't normally hear.
On stage The Frank Wakefield Band consisted of fiddler James Moss who has an
excellent shuffle bow and can play in the style of the great Kenny Baker who
he has studied with in the past. On guitar Jim Lewin treated us to some amazing
and tasteful guitar breaks, he knows how to flatpick a guitar.
It was a great show, how about doing another world tour next year!
Live at Steeple Morden
(Heart of the English countryside): 27th March.
After meeting Frank having his evening meal we were full of anticipation .
The band hit the stage and everything went up a gear.
They were very musical and obviously enjoyed it. Excellent harmonies and
what a presence Frank has.
Lots of joking and 'backards talkin'. At times it was hysterically funny.
Sweet fiddle of Jim Moss and Mandolin Mastery of Frank Wakefield. The band
really seemed to have fun and everyone else joined in. What a night !
could have gone on till at least dawn. At midnight a very happy crowd of
English Bluegrass fans drove away from the village hall into the Essex
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