Saturday, April 16, 2011

Miss Mousie & Mr Moose Agree

When playing music with others, the most important skill is listening!

Some exciting news: a new band has formed, going by the name of “churchmouse” (tho there is some lobbying for “churchmoose” as a variation for more “moosey” gigs).  The band is Eberle Umbach playing flute, melodica, possibly cello & who knows what; Wendy Carson playing guitar & possibly uke; & yours truly chiming in on resonator guitars, 5-string banjo, & maybe a little tenor uke too.  We’ll be making our first public appearance a week from Sunday (very much in churchmouse mode) as we play back-up on a couple of Eberle’s pieces that she & some church singers will be playing before mass at her church next week. 

But the overall idea is secular (yours truly not being one of the churchy tribe) & highly eclectic.  Our initial set list is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical, not performance order)

  • Amelia’s Waltz (instrumental)
  • Banty Rooster Blues
  • Big Railroad Blues
  • Blue Train
  • Cactus Flower (an original by one of Wendy’s friends—a great tune)
  • Cold Rain & Snow
  • Cold Virginia Rain
  • Far Away Waltz (instrumental)
  • Jim & Judy’s Wedding (instrumental)
  • Little Wing
  • Mama ‘Tain’t Long Fore Day
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Rainy Day Blues

Everything from the Delta & Appalachia to Hendrix & the Beatles!  Will keep everyone posted!


  1. The set list looks good. Good luck on the new endeavor.

  2. Hi Roy: Thanks! I think we'll be doing some pretty cool stuff.

  3. An exciting project, John. Looking forward to the first tracks!

  4. Hi Dick: Thanks! I'd like us to do some trial recording within the next several weeks--will keep you posted!

  5. Best of luck with this venture! Looking forward to some online sounds.

    Never think of moose gags without thinking of Woody Allen.

  6. Hi Dominic: Thanks! I'm hoping we can do some recording before too very long. I must admit--& many of my friends think this is a shocking heresy--but I'm not a Woody Allen fan, so I miss that reference. Sorry!


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