Tag Archives: John Jones

On John Jones: Never Stop Moving


I’ve been waiting, as have all the Ramblers, for this CD–and for a long part of the wait, since news of John Jones’ illness and surgery broke, with more of a sense of urgency than the usual pre-release expectation. Never Stop Moving does not disappoint. Perhaps my view is colored.  Most of the songs are familiar …

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On Songs to Bike to 101-2D: “Tubthumping” and “A River Runs”


I’ve been feeling a general malaise this week (sometimes bordering on existential dread), and that has translated into slow rides on the bike–not a really good thing, with the MS ride coming up this Saturday, but better than not riding at all. This morning, the clouds sat thick on the side of the mountain, one …

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On Looking Out the Window


Last night it snowed again.  When I looked out the window at my yard, buried–in places under six feet of snow–is it any wonder I wanted to be somewhere else?  And we all know where my heart goes. That made me think of another window in particular:  the big window of the bedroom I stayed …

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On the Rehearsal at the Lysses


I was late, exhausted, and my feet hurt, but John Jones bid me welcome when I found the private bar at the Lysses, filled with other ramblers.  I folded myself up on the floor against the back wall, exchanged smiles with some of the others.  We’d put in 17 miles that day, starting at The …

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On Songs to Bike to 101 (pt III)


  Sunday and Monday were rainy mornings–torrential rainy mornings.  This morning dawned bright and cool and windy, with crazy clouds scudding across a deep blue sky.  I made really good time:  it was perfect riding weather.   The song this morning, as I became aware of it at Simpson’s Corner on the Tour de Dixmont, …

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On Diamonds on the Water


Oysterband fans have been waiting for this CD for a long time.  Some of us pre-ordered it months ago and have been waiting with anticipation for the February 17th release date:  some of us in the US were appalled to suddenly realize that February 17th was a postal holiday and we wouldn’t get it until the …

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On Bellowhead: Broadside


Back in the Ice Age, at my graduate school graduation, I made a speech entitled “The Value of Ignorance.”  My premise was that, if you recognize your own lack of knowledge, you give yourself the opportunity to rectify that lack; those people who firmly believe that they know everything–and we’ve all met them–never allow themselves …

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On Oysterband at the Algonquin Theatre


The Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville, Ontario, was the final stop on Oysterband’s 3-week autumn tour of central and western Canada.  It’s 13 hours away from home, trekking by car through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, and finally, Ontario.  Michael Schneider, a long-time Oyster fan who made the journey from Santa Fe, New Mexico, asked:  Was …

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On John Jones & the Reluctant Ramblers at the Nettlebed Village Club


I will admit that one of the reasons I wanted to join John Jones’ White Horses Walk was that I was fascinated by the scenario:  walk the English countryside from gig to gig–live performances at pubs, clubs or other small venues.  This is the fourth year John Jones has planned these adventures out; this year, …

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On the White Horses Walk


Anyone who has ever been anywhere in the English countryside will recognize the signs.  They’re everywhere along the sides of roads, pointing off into fields, through hedges, into woodland.  And anyone who has ever seen any of these signs can’t help but wonder–where does that path go?  I want to follow it. At least, that’s the …

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