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June 10th 2017
Published: June 11th 2017
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Green Spring Gardens

So I'm going to keep this one brief - follow the URL links if you so wish

First order of the day - was a short drive and a quite walk through the Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax County

Taking in the old residence at the front and the Visitors Centre and Gallery at the back

That evening we drove to The Birchmere - Performance art theatre in Alexandria, Virginia

to have dinner and watch a performance of The Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival

featuring Tony Trischka, Kaia Kater, Michael Miles, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Kaia being the young player of the future I would think

I'll listen to anything at least once!

Before the performance a woman next to us struck up a conversation, and it turned out she'd been a professional potter, so something in common. The conversation followed onto politics - is both thinking about both interesting things sides of the Atlantic are at the moment.

She asked me what I thought of Trump, and I made the mistake of thinking she would really value my opinion as I replied . . .

"well I think he's in the wrong trade - he'd make really good stand up comic"

Turns out she really admired him. End of conversation!

The concert was entertaining - an interesting mix of blue-grass and West Virginia folk-blues, five different players with distinct styles and an array of at least 12 instruments including a kind of bass banjo

youtube is disabled so you'll have to make the live link yourselves

Additional photos below
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Kaia Kater, Michael Miles, Kathy Fink

Don't know the name of the young woman on the left - she was a tap dancer and co student of Kaia Kater
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Kaia Kater

The quite remarkable

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