February 2024 Meeting

Book is right side up and the picture matches the instrument; Ed’s off to a good start

We managed to get a room back in the library on Feb 6th this month, and our attendance improved. For the most part, it was the usual suspects. Biggest difference was Ed Heffern brought a banjo! We told him that we’d have to double his annual dues, but he didn’t seem to mind and paid up on the spot. We’re glad he did, too! Though he’s only been playing for about month, he’s doing a great job with his new instrument.

Check out the fantastic plastic tenor uke!!!

Other non-six string instruments tonight included Gary’s carbon fiber ukelele and Nancy’s fancy mandolin. Other musical treats included vocals by both Remy and Russ. Roger bravely tackled a couple Marty Robbins tunes, and as usual David scrounged up some stuff we haven’t heard in 30 years or so.

Here’s the Nancy/Lovro sandwich surrounded by spicy Williams (Barb and Russ)

Our annual Valentine’s soiree was on the 14th, at Laramie County Community College, with an even 100 folks partaking in dinner and a few more at the concert. Lovro Peretić wowed us with his skills. From Zagreb (Croatia), Lovro won the 2022 Rose Augustine Grand Prize at the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual international competition. During the day, he gave a master class for four students from Jason Olson’s class at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. It is truly impressive to watch these brave souls present their hard work and have it disected by one of the best classical players on the planet. Always educational, even for us non-classical players.

Playlist for February 2024

First out of the gate this evening, Roland singing and playing a Van Zandt

Roland Peterson, ‘If I Needed You’, Townes Van Zandt.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Company Comin’, Porter Wagner.

Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘Tell Me Ma/John Ryan’s Polka’, traditional.

Rich Ryan, ‘Something in the Way She Moves’, James Taylor.

Gary Krause, ‘Three Little Birds’, Bob Marley.

OK, calm down! Autographs for everyone after the song!

Russ Williams, ‘Sarabande’, Pachebel’s Lute Suite.

Roger Stearns, ‘El Paso’, Marty Robbins.

Ed Heffern, ‘I’ll Fly Away’, Albert Bromley.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Let Me Love You One More Time’, Carter Stanley.

Taking a vote: who thinks David’s case needs some stickers???

David Norby, ‘I Got Mexico’, Eddy Raven.

Roland, ‘Arkansas Traveler’, arrangement by Scott Nygaard.

Remy, ‘Colonel Bogey’, F.J. Ricketts. (from ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’)

Another goofy original

Keith, ‘Elmer’, original.

Rich, ‘Cinnamon Girl’, Neil Young.

Gary, ‘The Water Is Wide’, unknown.

Russ, ‘As Time Goes By’, Herman Hupfeld.

Roger belting out another Marty Robbins tune

Roger, ‘Devil Woman’, Marty Robbins.

Ed, ‘Sinner Man’, traditional spiritual.

Big Steve, playing one of two songs he knows.

Steve, ‘Blue Light’, John Hadley.

David, ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’, The Jackson 5.

Remy, ‘Pretend’, Nat King Cole.

The Cheshire Cat’s got nothing on Remy!!!

Photo credits this month belong to Rich Ryan, Nancy McKenzie, and Remy Abeyta.