Blackwolf the Dragonmaster's Diary of Magecraft

Being a Chronicle of the Inner Secrets of, and Spells of Magick as Wielded by, the Philosopher of the Internet and Unofficial Sorcerer-in-Residence of the City of New York

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Location: New York, New York, United States

As New York's Unofficial Wizard, my mission is to encourage the Mortals of Manhattan to imagine responsibly!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Everybody Plink!

They are the Long Island Banjo Society, and your Dragonmaster vaguely seems to recall them performing for the crowd one year during Macy*s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, for which the ensemble dressed themselves in patriotic red, white and blue outfits. I can't really prove that that was so, but it was apparently one of the many gigs which they had taken on in a long, musical history that stretches as far back as 1963. Like everything else that makes this old Wizard remarkably curious, I stumbled onto their website yesterday, wondering if it was worth the look.

As I now realize, it certainly was. The Long Island Banjo Society invites everybody to listen in and discover what it would be like hearing Dueling Banjos in --- oh, I dunno, 54-channel stereo, if thou wouldst. Anyway, for more information about these very plucky people, write to P.O. Box 815, Amityville, NY 11701, or email

And while I still have banjo on the brain --- for the moment --- anybody remember a banjo player named Scotty Plummer? He made a couple of token appearances on a few musical variety shows on TV during the 70s .... and then, for some weird reason, the guy just disappeared! It seems to me that, unless you are a closet viewer of either
Country Music Television or Great American Country, you don't hear or see too many banjo players, much less banjo-related performances. If, however, you have visited Branson, Missouri's famous theme park, Silver Dollar City, chances are that their resident banjo-pickers will have played for you relentlessly --- which, presumably, the Long Island Banjo Society seeks to do for Nassau and Suffolk Counties and beyond.

The point, then, dear Mortals: Support your local banjo-picker! Make the banjo a hot commodity --- and look up as many banjo-related websites as humanly possible on all your favorite search engines. Not much ranting from your humble Dragonmaster, but then, whadaya want? 'Tis Monday, blarst it all! And I certainly have no wish to be bored on a Monday morning.

Master Blackwolf