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Silly Methods of Musical Transport:
- Boat Bass
Paddling to a gig in a fibreglass double bass. Apparently someone used to make fibreglass double basses in Salcombe, and they were perfectly fine if you used the body of the bass as a boat.
Walking back from a gig with a very, very heavy keyboard because me and H had missed the last bus home and the taxi companies weren’t answering!
- Gigs on Transport!
I have played a few jazz gigs on a ferry. We had to connect the keyboard up to a car battery for power and it was strange playing at any tempo that didn’t match the whirring of the engine, but it worked.
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Long before Jack Wills, Salcombe was famous for the creator of the Devon Yawl, MICK QUICK, who made several glassfibre cellos and double basses, and appeared on local TV paddling a bass (without mishap) across the beautiful estuary.
He played bass with community orchestras and with the South Hams Hot Club (further info. on request), but died a few years back having fallen in with The Contemporary Music Ensemble in Huddersfield.