Danny Barnes (the main Banjo Cat in my life)

Checking Danny’s website, reading his blogs and listening to his music has been a part of my practice routine and my musical life since 2005 when I saw him live at the Music Festival in Courtney BC . He was there with Bill Fresell.
I was playing the festival in 2005 as well with Ken Hamm and was honored to be part of a banjo workshop that Danny Barnes hosted. Ken had introduced me to Danny’s Texas band “The Bad Livers” years before. An alternative bluegrass group so to be onstage with him was a  big deal in my world! It was after that I started following him online.
Danny is in one of the most generous and inspiring musicians I’ve ever come across.
Reading his blogs about how to be a back up musician, how to be an opening musician or on the subject of busking or how to make it in the music business plus stuff like listening to shortwave radio etc.
I hang on every word. Good Ol’ Danny Barnes

Pretty sure it keeps me a little sharper than I would be otherwise.

Issue # 35 of Fretboard Journal, Danny Barnes is featured and-on the cover! He had a good year in 2015 winning the Steve Martin Banjo prize ( I don’t think that’s what it’s called). That’s going to launch him into an even better 2016. Well deserved . I didn’t find a copy of the magazine so will have to order it and maybe it’s time to subscribe!

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I call this photo “Star Struck” on a workshop stage with Danny Barnes at Music Fest 2005.

 

 

Fall Shows

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The Konsorados

Swans Coffee House, Anglican Church Hall. Friday, Oct 18th/13 (with a whole bunch of fun musicians and story tellers)

K.I.D.S Fundraiser, Friday Nov. 1/13

Dear Friends and Supporters of K.I.D.S.,

K.I.D.S. is excited to announce our annual Wine and Wrap Fundraiser.

As always there will be lots of great auction items, draws and raffles, including: two tickets anywhere West Jet flies.

Wonderful music will be performed by Donna and Bill Konsorodo, Ira Pelltier and Rick Scott.

Place:   Nanaimo Convention Centre
When    November 1st
Time     5:00 to 9:00
Tickets $30.00

This year you can also reserve tickets for a table of eight or ten for you and your friends.

Please join us to raise funds for clean drinking water, education, health care, girl’s safe home, women’s support programs, solar lights and bicycles and much more.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the children, families and communities you support.

For tickets please e-mail Adrianne or Rick at adrianneandrick.kids@gmail.com

www.kidsdevelopmentsociety.org

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Private House Concert, Galiano Island, Saturday afternoon, Saturday July 20th

Old School House, Qualicum Beach, Saturday July 27th 12:00 pm

The Marine Festival, Lion’s Pavillion, Sunday July 28th 11:00 am

Cedar Farmers Market with Ken Hamm Sunday Aug. 4th 10:00-2:00

NALT Summer Picnic @ Anika & Peter’s Nanaimo Lakes Road , Aug. 18th time tbo

Cedar Farmers Market, Sunday Aug. 25th 10:00-2:00

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 The Inspire Cafe 675 2nd Street S.E.,Medicine Hat Alberta, Wed. June 5th 6-8pm.

Red House Concert, Forget Sask. Thurs. June 6th call Michelle Amy 1- 306- 577- 3447 for details $20.00

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Claresholm United Church,  Claresholm, Alberta, Wed. June 19th, 7:00 pm.

A fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation admission by donation.

Gabriola Coffee House, Friday June 28th (following the open stage)

Cedar Farmers Market, Sunday June 30th 10:00am-2:00pm.