No, we didn't play a gig to celebrate Octoberfest, but we did put on a show to welcome David's family at Bobwundaye.
Coincidentally, it was also October 10th, the 100th anniversary of the the founding of the Republic of China.I don't think any of the Ramblers made it down to the spectacle in the square in front of the Presidential building, however.
Instead, the highlight of our day was performing for David's relatives, including his father, who had never seen his son perform on guitar before.We played two sets featuring many of our favorite songs, and certainly some that will end up on our next CD.
This show was different than our last one at Daniel Pearl Day for two reasons. First, Sandy had returned from Scotland, so we had our usual sax sound. Much thanks to Louis Goldford for filling in for Sandy while he was away. Louis has now left Taiwan for the States, and we look forward to his return.
Another difference was the lack of percussion. The washboard man was recovering from surgery on his right hand and arm and was unable to accompany the band as he is accustomed to. Instead, he grabbed his one-button video camera and filmed two songs while on stage with the band. If you've ever wondered what it's like to stand amongst the Ramblers while they play, this video puts you in that very position. Hear how loud the sax and bone sound when you get in the way, and the roar that comes out of Dave's steel guitar.
The next public performance for the Ramblers will likely be at Blues Bash Party 8, being held at Dream Girls at the Core Pacific Mall on Nov. 5. According to the event's founder/organizer DC Rapier, tickets will be on sale at the door. The event will take place from 5 PM to 11 PM. Expect to see local favorites from Taiwan's blues scene as well as international acts here especially for the show. Check the above website for more information as the day approaches.