Thursday, August 31, 2006

Welcome home, Natalie

Natalie moved back to Tallahassee with Bob and I to work and go to school. She's even painting walls in the house. We are enjoying having a young face around the house.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cedar Mountain Banjos

Lo Gordon & Mary Z recording a banjo duet in July. Posted by Picasa

Happy Birthday, Arcy

Arcy(green sweatshirt) with Cox cousins. Arcy (Sidney ) just celebrated his 28th birthday a few days ago. Here is a photo of him from when he was in Tallahassee last March. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Clawhammer banjo

Here is one of my neighbors that stopped by to pick a tune on my custom Deering banjo and to try on my beekeeper helmet. Don't we have a good time here in Tallahassee?

Saturday, August 19, 2006

kayaking on Saturday morning

Bob and I Kayaked on the Wacissa River this morning. It may still be the prettiest river left in North Florida. The water is cold and clear and you can see fish and turtles swimming. The birdlife is abundant and awesome. Lots of kayakers today and one very loud airboat. :)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Coming soon-Beginning old time banjo and mountain dulcimer workshop

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer and Old Time Banjo Workshops


Mary Z. and Bob Cox

Time: Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 10:00 AM--12:00 Noon (Mountain Dulcimer) and 1:30--3:30 PM (Old Time Banjo)

Place: Craft Square Cabin # 1 at the Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs, Florida (on the Suwannee River)

Registration: Call the Craft Square
at 386-397-1920 to register and pay class fee.

Come to the workshops and stay on for the

Cracker Coffeehouse that evening.

Don’t miss out on all the fun—sign up soon!

Mountain Dulcimer 101

Have a mountain dulcimer and want to get started?
Here’s a two hour introduction to Appalachian style playing
with the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days mountain dulcimer champ.
Come tuned in DAD and be ready to have some fun learning to
play a simple first tune to get you started.
This is a fun instrument and easy to play—especially if you
have ever played another instrument. Limited to 12 students.
$20 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Old Time Banjo 101

Here’s a two hour “hands on” workshop to the old time banjo. If you have a functional five string banjo and want to get started on a frailing motion with your right hand and begin a simple old time tune with your left—this is the workshop for you. If you are a beginner, but still need help with the basics—this is for you too. J Please come with your banjo tuned in open G. (gDGBD) and ready to have some fun. Limited to 12 students. $20

1:30-3:30 PM

Short Bio

Mary Z. Cox – is a banjoholic with 12 banjos. When forced to stop buying banjos, Mary entered clawhammer contests and won two top-notch banjos in one year as prizes. She’s been playing since she was 12 and is a past Florida champion. She has recorded five CDs, has written four banjo tab books, and has been published in Banjo Newsletter. Today, Mary plays concerts, teaches at camps, and records with family and friends. She enjoys introducing students of all ages to new tunes, techniques, and the banjo life.

Mary Z. is also a dulcimaniac with 7 mountain dulcimers, a past Florida Mountain dulcimer champion, as well as the first place winner in the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days in Tennessee. Her “Dulcimer Fandango” CD is a park favorite in the Stephen Foster gift shop.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Lucky dulcimer

Here's a photo of my Blue Lion Mountain dulcimer. It's the one recorded on the Dulcimer Fandango CD, and the one I won the Florida Championships with. I have been playing a couple of my other dulcimers lately, but just happened to dig this one out for the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days. I played "Step Around Johnny." Of course, I had the lucky contestant number too--13!

I had forgotten what a pretty tone this dulcimer has. It is rosewood and western cedar.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sweet Potato Five/contra dance band

Here's a photo Bob snapped at the John C. Campbell folkschool in July at the Dance Musician's week. The instructors assigned us to small groups to play a couple dances each evening. They assigned us five ladies together (3 fiddles, a banjo, and a piano) so we became the Sweet Potato Five. We played "Put the Hog's Foot a Little Closer to the Fire & Seneca Square Dance" as a medley for dancing. We also played "Westphalia Waltz" It was great fun with some very talented and fun ladies and it was wonderful to watch the dancers having so much fun dancing to our music. :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

More imixes with banjo and other artists

Here's a link to more of my imixes at Apple itunes. Take a listen--its really kind of fun putting them together. It's about a 103 outside--so I have to stay inside so I am trying something new. :)
Here's a snapshot of a very large Luna Moth that visited on the screen of the bathroom window in the log cabin this summer. It was pretty warm in the mountains too. :)