David Reed and Tamboura Productions

Six string banjoist and self-proclaimed founder of the 'reggae banjo', Banjo Bwoy, attempts to join Bun E. Twinkle's new reggae band. He tries to convince her that her band really needs the wonky new sound of the reggae banjo, but finds Bun E. to be a hard sell. But Banjo Bwoy can be very convincing as you shall see in this cartoon from Noodlicious Productions. We can't say for certain, but this cartoon seems to have Dr. Easy's mark all over it. What do you think?


Modern Flight

February 9. 2013

It’s a Tuesday evening in early February and I am sitting on the porch of my funky, remote shack in Coral Bay, St. John staring at quickly fading, sunset-illuminated cumulus clouds floating over Tortola. A pair of lonesome donkeys meanders slowly down the road below accompanied by the distant sounds of bleating goats and the occasional rooster crowing from the bush. “Me donkey wan’ wattah,” I hum to myself. I am privy to a twilight exchange between an awakening coki frog and some retiring doves. A brisk breeze is coming across Drake’s Channel from the BVI and in the gossamer light of a rising full moon I can easily see the whitecaps out on the bay. Quite different from last night when it rained and blew so hard that puddles were left on the floor inside and a screen flew right out of my window and sailed across the room. A subtle whiff of roasting fish now rides the freshening wind up from the little restaurant below. I’ll be playing there soon. . I am tired, but very glad to be back.

THUMP! Scrape. THUMP! Scrape. THUMP! Scrape.

“What in hell?” I murmured as I rolled over and extricated myself from the tender arms of somnolence. I reluctantly blinked at the clock that blinked back at me: 5:15AM. The day, or what there was of it at that hour, presented as murky, dull and grey. The same could be said of my brain as I groggily wrapped erratically firing synapses around the strange, percussive sound that was emanating from the next room.

You Guys Are Like Catsup!

May 31, 2011
Last night I crossed paths with a musical colleague who was playing at one of my favorite venues, The Lion’s Den in Stockbridge, MA. Jeff Martell is an ol’ singin’, guitar-slingin’ road-dog whom I don’t see often, but when our paths cross it’s always an interesting exchange. Last night was no different.

After we got caught up with each others comings and goings, we hit on the topic most of us itinerant solo musicians approach as our primary, yet necessary, annoyance: Booking and Self-promotion.


photo * jaime elliot/Tradewinds, St. John, USVI

Rattlin' de Riddim Wit' Wesley

KOKO & THE SUNSHINE BAND is a popular West Indian quelbe, or "scratch band", group from the island of St. John, USVI. Here they are performing for the 20th Annual Folklife Festival recently held at the Annaberg ruins near Maho Bay. Notice that the percussionist, Wesley (left), is playing a pair of genuine RattleCaps made by David Reed hisself! The man obviously knows what de riddim needs! You, too, can shake it (almost) like Wesley...just go to our Dry Ducks Records General Store page and order a RattleCap or two for your own self!

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