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Old Folkies

For those who got their start in the '50s and '60s and continue to embrace folk music today.

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Latest Activity: Jan 30

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9th v 20th fret marker 2 Replies

Sorry cannot seem to comment and tried Terry's suggestion but still no go. Just wanted to comment on the ' unusual 10th fret marking after Luis comment....My Aristone from the the 60s is presumedly German made according to the guy who restored it…Continue

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Started by Margaret Galbraith. Last reply by Jim Yates Jun 23, 2015.

Anthem for Old Folkie? :-) 8 Replies

Well I won the popular vote by about 18,000 votes, but the judges still didn't select me (perhaps the oldest contestant) as a finalist in the big songwriting competition. But I'm not discouraged. In fact... I have one thing to say..... "Don't Write…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Dec 29, 2014.


Hello again friends.I turned 66 this summer and I'm still mad as hell and insanely optimistic about politics, war and peace and life in general. To give vent to the mad as hell part I wrote and recorded "You Bet Your Ass It's Class Warfare", and to…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Oct 20, 2014.

Radical Folk in the 21st Century

"I'm 65. I'm still alive and I''ve been around the block ..."I figured if anybody would get a kick out of my newest album, Gentle Heretic, it would be this group.Outside the Box - from the Gentle…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Nov 4, 2013.

This Old Folky finally's on Pandora

It took a long time and many hoops to jump through but I finally have the songs of my first album on Pandora. I would really appreciate it if my old folky pals went to Pandora and created a "Lon Milo DuQuette" radio station and when my tunes turn up…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Sep 14, 2013.

Harps and racks... 18 Replies

I know there's a group for real harp players, but I'm not in that class. However, since finding my old harp rack, and one of my harmonicas, I decided I'd start using them again when playing some of my favorite folk tunes.Any other of you folks using…Continue

Started by Phil Manuel. Last reply by Phil Manuel Aug 28, 2012.

Guitar Army 3 Replies

I live in Punta Gorda, Florida (between Sarasota and Fort Myers).  Every Thursday evening for years, and ever-growing bunch of musicians gather in Gilchrist Park (on Charlotte Harbor), naturally congregate into groups, and play/sing all sorts of…Continue

Started by Steve Widmeyer. Last reply by Jud Hair May 17, 2012.

Ok, THIS group is definitely for me. 2 Replies

I started playing back in the 60's and it has always been mostly PP&M, John Denver, Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Everley Bros., I could go on. Now days it is mostly John and PPM with a lot of Suzie Bogguss thrown in. If you're not…Continue

Started by Mike Bishop. Last reply by Alan Sturgess May 14, 2015.

I've waited 45 years for this! 6 Replies

O my gosh!!  Even though I'd grown up on traditional folk tunes, my acute awareness of music didn't come of age until 1962.  I was eleven years old by then, but could absolutely NOT get enough of P,P&M, Kingston Trio, Weavers, Highwaymen, Terry…Continue

Started by J. D. Woods. Last reply by Blues Agent Apr 19, 2012.

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Comment by Jim Yates on August 23, 2013 at 8:12pm

Congratulations Lon.  Looks like a cool prize!

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on August 23, 2013 at 6:40pm

Congratulations, Lon!

Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on August 23, 2013 at 3:02pm

Thanks for the votes everyone. My song Bernice  won first place in the Open Mic.US national songwriting competition. I won a very cool Alvarez Masterworks MD65CE and other cool stuff!

Comment by Jim Yates on August 23, 2013 at 1:59pm

I was hired to play guitar to back up a group of singers last weekend and ended up playing a song I hadn't thought of for years; The House Of The Rising Sun.  I learned the song from a Josh White album, but have heard many people do it since.  Unfortunately, the group wanted to do the changes used by The Animals.  While I couldn't talk them out of this, I did get them to change "many a poor boy" back to "many a poor girl".  After all, a woman trapped in a life of prostitution seems more dramatic than a man trapped in a life of paying for sex. Both White and Dylan sang from the woman's point of view.

Here are the two chord progressions (I know there are many more) used for The House...

These are the chords that Dave Van Ronk made up for House Of The Rising Sun, also used by Bob Dylan and The Animals.

There (Am) is a (C) house in (D) New Or(F)leans

They (Am) call the (C) Rising (E) Sun (E7)
And it's (Am) been the (C) ruin of (D) many a poor (F) girl
And (Am) me, oh (E) God, I'm (Am) one. (E7)

These are the chords used by Josh White and Joan Baez.

There (Am) is a (C) house in (E) New Or(Am)leans
They call the (C) Rising (E) Sun (E7)
And it's (Am) been the (C) ruin of (E) many a poor (Am) girl
And (Am) me, oh (E) God, I'm (Am) one. (E7)

Comment by Lon Milo DuQuette on June 26, 2013 at 9:39pm

Okay fellow old folkies... I entered a songwriting contest with my song "Bernice". I'm up against a lot of talented youg whippersnapers and I'm not too proud to ask for you to go to the link and vote for me.

I'm in 5th place at the moment so just scroll down till you see "Lon Milo DuQuette" . You can listen to "Bernice" and even watch a video of it... but please, if you like it, cast your vote for me. Thanks :-)

Comment by Dalton Hammett on May 20, 2013 at 1:32pm

This looks like the place to be.  I grew up listenng to Bob Dylan,  Phil Oaks,  The Chad Mitchel Trio and a bunch of other names I've read hear.   Great to know there's more than just me that appreciate their music......

Comment by Jim Yates on March 10, 2013 at 12:24pm

Thanks for that info Luis.  I'd assumed that the "bridge" was just a stop tailpiece and the actual bridge was the moveable one.  In fact, I had measured the distance from the twelfth fret to the nut and bridge.  Great minds think alike (or fools seldom differ).

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on March 10, 2013 at 10:55am

Sorry, for some reason I could'n paste the complete link for the Viola da Terra photo, so, here is the photo:

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on March 10, 2013 at 10:46am


I can't tell what is the brand of the guitar, but maybe - JUST MAYBE - I have a valid explanation for that "bar" in front of the bridge. That bar could be the REAL bridge. I'm not 100% sure, but, consider this:

If you make a rough measurement, you discover that the 12th fret is just about halfway between the nut and that "bar"; so, the "bridge"- I mean the dark wood piece where the pins are tied - is too much behind to give the correct intonation. But what strikes me the most is that THERE IS NO SADDLE on the bridge. Considering all this three data one is led to the conclusion that the "bridge" is just a tie piece, and the "bar" in front of it is the real saddle or, if you prefer, the real bridge. As an additional datum, please notice the pick guard shape: it is straight cut just before the "bar", as if the constructor had planned to leave room for it...

However, one can also argue that, if the "bar" is really a bridge, or a saddle, then, considering the position of the sound hole, that bridge is resting on the top almost at the very point where the X-braces under the top cross. That wouldn't be the best option from the point of view of acoustics... But, the fact is, WE DON'T KNOW what kind of strutting design is under the top...

If the "bar" is a bridge, it may be a MOVABLE one, held against the top by simple string pressure - just like the banjo bridge -, allowing the musician to move it back and forward in search of the best intonation as he changes for a different string gauge.

The idea of 2 in 1 bridges (I mean bridges that are also tie pieces) is not universal: In fact, many European pre-Torres guitars had a tie piece AND a bridge, and many folk instruments still maintain that style.

In my page, I posted a photo of a Viola da Terra from Azores Islands. Like many Portuguese traditional instruments, it has a tie piece with NO saddle, and a small bridge just in front of it. This solution is not elegant, but it doesn't require accuracy on positioning the tie piece and leaves the right positioning of the real bridge to the musician. From a constructor's point of view, it eases his work...

Click on the link to have a view of the Viola da Terra:

One more thing:  that kind of bridge was popular in ancient and traditional European instruments; but I'd never seen an American-made flat top guitar with a movable bridge. There's a first time for everything, they say.... Anyway, we don't even know for sure if that is an American-made instrument, nor do we know how is it braced under the top. So, there's lots of room for speculation...

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 9, 2013 at 5:57am

Not me...It is interesting though, a very "Ovation-like" headstock and what is that "bar" in front of the bridge???


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