Day: September 24, 2009

Serendipity and The Fretboard Journal

Last Friday as I boarded my plane in Dublin, I opened the overhead bin and came across a banjo case.  A nearby passenger asked if it was mine, and I said, “No, but I was going to ask the same question.”  A slight man with a female companion sitting across the aisle identified himself as the owner of the case, which he said held a bouzouki. Well, my antennae went up and I recalled an article I read on the flight over in the new issue of my favorite magazine, The Fretboard Journal. I dug in my bag, quickly found the article about bouzouki maker Edward Victor Dick and passed it along.  It came back as the bouzouki owner pointed to a picture of Tony McManus in another part of the magazine and said, “I know this guy.  He’s played on some of my recordings.” At that my new acquaintances were asked to change seats so I could enjoy having a family with two children under the age of 4 across the aisle for a …