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    Sorry guys, I reckon I've come to this debate far too late now. I think I'm missing the point now, though.

    From what I can gather on these posts, Caithness has a music scene and given the number of events discussed on these pages recently, I would say it was pretty healthy. My only criticism would be to add that no one has mentioned other forms of music on this thread.
    Now, please don't shoot me but where is mentioned Scottish Opera? They continually get a larger audience here than any other 'small' venue around the country (including Portobello - which is quite close to Edinburgh, I think!)
    Heavilly advertised - well attended.
    Lyth Arts Centre - Un venue splendide je crois - Well advertised gigs, well attended even though it is in the country somewhere. In fact, at some gigs there they have to turn away punters due to lack of seats - something you wouldn't find in a similar venue in Aberdeen (the Lemon Tree) where they struggle to fill seats for such 'high-brow' avant garde.
    What about the pipers and the fiddlers. The Orchestras, the choirs, choral societies and jazz/big bands? Don't they feature here.
    Is there still a Thurso Live Music Association? Do they still get bands/acts up from the south?
    Is the 'rock' scene in danger of becoming as elitist as these 'classical' genres have been in the past?
    As far as I can tell, the scene at Thurso High School is still as vibrant as ever. The last I heard was another well attended concert with a wide variety of talents and performers (can't imagine that "at least a % of whom are making their living from it"). I believe it was open to the public in general. How many reading this thread attended?
    (I trust Mr. Dragon was there to find out "whats the deal with thurso high, they used to be really good at encouraging bands and artists to get out there, now the gigs are pupils and parents only is it not? not sure whats happening on there front anymore")

    Not to be one to 'stroke groins' but I think Caithness seems to be doing very well on the music scene. I think to criticise it is to not even know it . . . even slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeid View Post
    Your brother didn't do too badly for himself though
    We don't like to talk about him. Ever since he got his hair cut he's not been the same. And he never sends any money home either, the sod.
    Another point TPC, there ARE studio facilities around the county, which, even if they don't churn out endless chart material, allow musos to develop & hone their skills. Some of those who work there ain't in it for the money either. By the way, technology has moved on a bit, many people can do very good recordings at home these days, using computers?
    And many of our musos, (at least those whose egos will fit through the door) are in contact with each other at gigs and via such media as this very forum.
    How many big successes have come out of the burgeoning Orkney scene recently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubthumper View Post
    We don't like to talk about him. Ever since he got his hair cut he's not been the same. And he never sends any money home either, the sod.
    The swine... I'm going down to London to see him in July... I'll sort him out for you. I'll see if I can get him to take a beer or two as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeid View Post
    The swine... I'm going down to London to see him in July... I'll sort him out for you. I'll see if I can get him to take a beer or two as well.
    Thanks for that. I don't think you'll have any problem persuading him to take strong drink - he's the only drinker in our whole family, very much the black sheep in fact.
    Tell him his Uncle Thretfield Hetfield is poorly and he should contact Mama sometime soon. She worries so about him.
    Do you think the London music scene will be better than in Caithness?
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    Ask TPC... he seems to be the expert

    I'll pass the message on to Beeg Chimmy

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    Default The Caithness Muse...?

    Consider Caithness music scene
    As dismal as itís ever been
    According to young TPC
    In Embra based, a refugee

    Yeah, Yeah
    The Caithness muse
    Country, Western, Rhythm, Blues
    Wedding dances, private doís
    So whereís the punters?
    On the booze

    The schools are hotbeds, bands galore
    Theyíre playing rock and roll and more
    Guitar and bass and drums, and voice
    As cool as muck, those girls and boys

    Yeah, Yeah
    The Caithness Muse
    Set up a gig, youíre bound to lose
    Before you start theyíll nick yer shoes
    So check the Groat
    For no music news

    Whatís on the tranny, local based
    No local bands? Well what a waste
    No music shop? No record store?
    This place is sunk
    Itís just a bore

    No, No
    The Caithness muse
    Go to Skinandis, swallow booze
    Or play the same old twelve-bar blues
    No studios?
    Just one or twoís

    Middle 8
    Surround yourself with adoration
    Playing same old repetition
    New guys working for a living
    Playing, entertainment giving
    Trying just to have some fun
    And trying to please everyone
    Itís not like Glasgow, canít you see?
    Itís Caithness man, itís only wee

    Yeah, Yeah
    The Caithness muse
    It isnít much but still it doís
    We like it lots, the meís and youís
    You mock it?
    Youíll get black and blues

    Yeah, Yeah etc
    Repeat to fade
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubthumper View Post
    Consider Caithness music scene
    As dismal as itís ever been
    According to young TPC
    In Embra based, a refugee

    Yeah, Yeah
    The Caithness muse
    Country, Western, Rhythm, Blues
    Wedding dances, private doís
    So whereís the punters?
    On the booze

    The schools are hotbeds, bands galore
    Theyíre playing rock and roll and more
    Guitar and bass and drums, and voice
    As cool as muck, those girls and boys

    Yeah, Yeah
    The Caithness Muse
    Set up a gig, youíre bound to lose
    Before you start theyíll nick yer shoes
    So check the Groat
    For no music news

    Whatís on the tranny, local based
    No local bands? Well what a waste
    No music shop? No record store?
    This place is sunk
    Itís just a bore

    No, No
    The Caithness muse
    Go to Skinandis, swallow booze
    Or play the same old twelve-bar blues
    No studios?
    Just one or twoís

    Middle 8
    Surround yourself with adoration
    Playing same old repetition
    New guys working for a living
    Playing, entertainment giving
    Trying just to have some fun
    And trying to please everyone
    Itís not like Glasgow, canít you see?
    Itís Caithness man, itís only wee

    Yeah, Yeah
    The Caithness muse
    It isnít much but still it doís
    We like it lots, the meís and youís
    You mock it?
    Youíll get black and blues

    Yeah, Yeah etc
    Repeat to fade
    First class Tubthumper !!! That must be the best post ever.
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    Awesome post!!

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    Default Going to overdo it now...

    All hail The Pepsi Challenge, he’s the saviour of our soul
    He’s avant-garde it’s true, his band is pure and clean and whole
    The godfather of music cited, now James Brown is Annie
    But TPC has missed the point, he’s acting like a Danny (eh?)

    You’d think his threaded contribution would stir up some hate
    In fact we think he’s trying to create a mass debate
    There is a point; compared to places like away down South
    The Caithness scene would leave a punter fairly down in mouth

    But Lo! What row in yonder pub’s disturbing Caithness peace?
    The How-No? Bar is full of music, hormones, sweat & grease
    As bands churn out old standards coupled with some sounds nouvelle
    And punters nod their heids and throw their bodies round as well

    Then in the Newmarket each Sunday there’s a load of racket
    E’en when it’s Fats that’s churning out and raking in a packet
    It doesn’t really matter whether band is cool or trendy
    Or whether strat is played in bar-chords, whammy bar is bendy

    And then there’s tribute bands that turn up playing in Skinandi
    The punters dance around, the burds are blobby. sweaty, bandy
    The blokes are always steamin’ but at end of rock and roll
    They all trail off to bed and get some sweet ol’ Nat King Cole

    There’s clubs in Thurso and in Wick where music comes in pairs
    There’s Country and there’s Western in the Seaforth & Blackstairs
    A manny with accordion, a bloke with backing unit
    It doesn’t matter, ‘long’s you’ve got guitar and you can tune it

    The classics get a bit of noise, cos every now and then
    A string quartet appears to play some proper music when
    The cognoscenti get together, black tie, shirt and tails
    The only difference is the buffet, caviar and quails

    And then we get to piping where our bands are pretty strong
    Just get enough together and you’ll never know what’s wrong
    The pipers march too slow, they will not heed a word that’s said
    Their ears have been destroyed; they all require a hearing aid

    Just pause ye for a second, what’s the point in all this ranting?
    Debates ‘bout music industry, all puffing and all panting
    We all get sweaty ‘bout a subject close to heart of all
    My God! It’s almost just as bad as arguing ‘bout football!

    Now whether R’n’B’s your thing or old-school rock and roll
    Remember, music’s just the thing that soothes the broken soul
    And lubricates the way from gig or even disco dance
    Into the realms of sneck and cuddle, even to romance

    It’s only entertainment, there are far more things to ponder
    Like 3rd world bloody poverty, poor starving sods out yonder
    Or war in middle east, or ozone layer been sent packing
    If all you worry ‘bout is music, something’s fairly lacking

    Like Eastenders and Emmerdale, or Coronation Street
    It’s all a load of fantasy, admittedly quite sweet
    So if you find you get wound up, that music’s only thrill
    I think you need to see a doctor, get a chillout pill

    It’s fun! It’s loud! It’s daft and proud! It makes us feel quite jolly
    We dinnae take it serious, if we do we’re velly solly
    A little side agenda while we earn our daily bread
    Those who think it’s all there is, are no’ right in the head

    And you that lives down South, we thank you for the stirring up
    It’s nice to hear a point of view, from insufferable young pup
    At least it helps us focus on just what we have around
    Our music scene, whatever, is our very own Caithness sound
    Last edited by Tubthumper; 22-May-07 at 00:21.
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    Nice burblings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chobbersjnr View Post
    yip, went down to the crossroads & sold my soul to Santa. In consequence earning my bottleneck & the right to use open tunings

    BTW where do I find the book????
    i think you got a deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleskin View Post
    i think you got a deal
    yeah, damn straight I did......just been listening to Little Feat "the Last Record Album" Lowell is my absolute slide hero NO QUESTION.....

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    Seems, the silence on this topic - just like the Caithness music 'scene' - is deafening.

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    Uh oh... here comes Mr Know It All...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pepsi Challenge View Post
    Seems, the silence on this topic - just like the Caithness music 'scene' - is deafening.
    Aye, the three pages of posts certainly suggests that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeid View Post
    Uh oh... here comes Mr Know It All...
    OMG there's 2 of you????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chobbersjnr View Post
    OMG there's 2 of you????
    Quality! PMSL!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chobbersjnr View Post
    OMG there's 2 of you????
    Cheeky...

    However, I've never claimed to know it all. Mr P seems to sit and criticise from afar... and how easy it is to do that.

    You should know... you're the only Hobbit that lives in Mordor. The Shire is a long ways away from you.
    Last edited by Jeid; 31-May-07 at 00:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeid View Post
    Uh oh... here comes Mr Know It All...
    I know all, I see all. I shall lead you, guide you on paths of everlasting pseudo-karmic negligence, in the very midst of my drug-induced nocturnal emission; a cosmic love pulse matrix, become a technicolor interpositive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pepsi Challenge View Post
    I know all, I see all. I shall lead you, guide you on paths of everlasting pseudo-karmic negligence, in the very midst of my drug-induced nocturnal emission; a cosmic love pulse matrix, become a technicolor interpositive!
    Promises, promises!!!!!!
    In the image of God? You must be joking!

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