Irish Music &
une of he onh
by Amy Shaw
The IMDA Board is:
It was my great good luck to meet mandolin player Bob Douglas
shortly after I took up the flute. Bob has long been revered by
players of bluegrass and old time music, and he has an amazing
repertoire of Irish tunes. He’s a good singer and guitar player, too.
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I’ve been trying to learn his tunes for years now…if only I could
Board meets regularly on the First Tuesday of each
catch up to him! If Bob were ever to put together a musical resume, The
month at 6 pm at Perkins in HarMar. Members are encouraged to
it would be very long indeed. Back in the 1970s, he logged many
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miles touring with string bands, travelling as far away as Europe.
During the early years of A Prairie Home Companion, he was a
member of the show’s house bands, the Powdermilk Biscuit Band
and the New Prairie Ramblers. He appeared in The Prairie Home
Irish Music and Dance Association
Companion movie in 2006 and still performs on the radio show
236 Norfolk Ave NW
Elk River, MN 55330
occasionally. Over the years, he’s performed with Pop Wagner,
Adam Granger, Mary DuShane, Peter Ostroushko, Bill Hinkley,
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Dakota Dave Hull, Dan Newton, and Tom Schaefer, to name a few.
If you’ve looked carefully at the photos hanging in Keegan’s Pub,
you’ll know that Bob was a member of the Plough and Stars Ceili
We welcome our readers to submit articles of interest,
Band led by Martin McHugh “back in the day.” Besides being a fine news, and notices of events to be published in the newsletter.
musician, Bob is just a fine human being. I’ll never catch up to him, The deadline is the 20th of the preceding month.
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but I’m going to keep trying. I hope you enjoy this four-part jig from
Bob’s big bag of tunes. Usual disclaimers: Any transcription errors
are my own. The notation here is not meant to be a substitute for listening. It is simply an aid to learning the tune.