Colonel Buff-Orpington Trivia – October 23

This Contest is Closed
The winner is Mike Fowler

October 23, 2020 TRIVIA QUESTION

OK Bluegrass Trivia players, let’s switch gears a bit and play a Guessing Game based on the musings of that paragon of military bluegrass mountaineering, Colonel Buff-Orpington, who commands Dick Bowden’s Flying Circus.

Other than whipping disparate groups of musicians into fighting form for morale-boosting concerts of traditional bluegrass music at various military encampments; building the occasional hand-made wooden railroad bridge across jungle rivers; and preparing for the first ascent by a bluegrass band of the twin peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro; the Colonel is a noted philosopher on the current state of our beloved bluegrass music.

Which of the following reflects the Colonel’s opinion on today’s bluegrass music, particularly as heard on Sirius/XM Bluegrass Junction and at IBMA World of Bluegrass? (As revealed over drams of whisky in a recent interview at the RCAF Officers Club.)

A. No bluegrass band should be permitted to have a lead singer, male or female, who doesn’t play an instrument! Mic-holding poseurs! BAHHHHH!!!
B. No bluegrass band should be permitted to have a mandolin player who chops on the “1” and “3” beats! HARRRUMMMPHHH!!
C. No bluegrass band should be permitted to write and perform a song with more than four chords, or any III chord in it!!! The BOUNDERS!!!!
D. No bluegrass band should be permitted to include, or even worse, FEATURE, 4 string Irish banjo playing!!! BLIMEY!!!!
E. No bluegrass band should be permitted to plug in all their instruments and swan about the stage like rock ‘n’ rollers while taking their solo. CRIKEY!!!
F. Shirt tails should be TUCKED IN for band photos and stage performances! For goodness sake…
G. The cello is RIGHT OUT!!!!!
H. All of the above


Additional Bowden Comments
Well, that was a bit of fun, eh? Thanks to all who precipitated.

I now would like to address a comment directly to Mr. Peter Conklin. While the Colonel and I both agree with you that statement B in indubitably correct (really, a horrible practice) perhaps you need a bit more exposure to the Colonel’s philosophy. Do let us know if you expect to be anywhere near the RCAF base in Hinton Alberta Canada this winter. The Colonel invites you to join him in the Officers Club for some philosophical chin music. Masks optional, don’t you know. The cigar and pipe smoke is highly anti-viral.

And congratulations to this week’s winner!

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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