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Holiday Show 2014

We are absolutely pumped about our upcoming “A Very Mannschaft Holiday Show” at the Flying Beaver Pubaret. As always, the best way to get on Santa’s naughty list is one of our shows, because us bassoons are rebels without a Claus!

On December 12 at 9PM, come in from the cold and warm up to your fav tunes played by the hottest, and world’s only electric bassoon band. We will be performing the usual fare…thats right, only ALL of your favourite sing-a-long songs from your party years…whenever those might have been…



Happy Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween from Das Fagott Mannschaft! Our special Halloween treat to you is a lovely video by Catherine set to our cover of Welcome to my Nightmare by Alice Cooper. It contains all the terrifying cartoon moments of your youth and all of the extremely sexually inappropriate ones as well! Enjoy!



October Gigs

So, although we act like we are inseparable bassoon-playing quadruplets we actually do gig as individuals…
Last night Catherine and Susan had an all-Mozart gig at Casa Loma with the New Casa Loma Orchestra.


Library selfie.

And last weekend Neil was out and about playing with Toronto Sinfonietta, and rounding out the bassoon section was DFM’s good friend Sheba Thibideau.


Backstage selfie.

Graham has been busy playing in the pit orchestra for Les Miserables…which unfortunately is a dark hole of musicians and has terrible lighting for selfies!

If you want to see us all together check out our event pages for our next shows!!!!



On Thanksgiving Monday, we got together to have some new photos taken of Das Fagott Mannschaft. Our good friend, the very talented Patrick Ross, gave up his holiday to make us look fabulous. We had a ton of fun and the lighting was perfect for some outdoor photos!
Here’s a sneak peek… But, there are many more to come…so check back to our homepage frequently!



Photo by Patrick Ross (2014)

Upcoming shows fall 2014

So we have been busy hustling venues and getting things organized and are pumped to announce our fall shows! Come on out and sport your DFM colours while singing along to your favourite bassoon covers!
October 23 – playing a few tunes alongside other pop/rock bands. The theme of the night is “underrated bands” where the performers pay tribute to artists that never got the respect they deserved. It will be a fun night of unexpected hits at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club. Details here.

November 6 – We are the feature band at The Duke of York. Our set will include lots of old favourites plus as usual, some new and unexpected surprises. Come on out for some bangers and mash and bassoons! Event details here.

December 12 – A bassooney Christmas at the Flying Beaver. Deck the Halls with boughs and fagotts, DFM has a Christmas show! As always we will play your favourite sing-a-long hits, but we promise some kick ass Christmas Carols to get you into the festive mood! Details here!

(Thanks to Patrick Ross for the awesome photo above!!!)


Flight Guidelines

Thanks to Air Canada’s policy members for creating the following air travel guidelines for bassoonists everywhere…

Straight from the Air Canada website...no lies.

Whoa, better check the bassoon’s yoga proficiency before the next flight!!!

That is straight from the Air Canada Website…no lies…we couldn’t make that stuff up.

So, with this new folding policy we suppose that we could create some solid arguments for travelling with Maria if Das Fagott Mannschaft goes on tour. She might be a wieldy 6 feet tall and come with a case that could hide 2 small children…but she has 3 folds which clearly fits into the Air Canada Carry-On Policy as stated above. Bring it Air Canada… This could be VERY fun! 🙂

Coming in at a slim 6 feet, her "foldacious" body technically fits the carry-on policy.

Coming in at a slim 6 feet, her “foldacious” body technically fits the carry-on policy.



Rehearsal Coaches

DFM is busy preparing for our next set of shows (September 26 at The Flying Beaver Pubaret details found HERE and September 28 in Ryan G. Hinds’ Cabaret show at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre details HERE!)

More important than great arrangements, more important than rehearsing, more important than amazing bassoonists…is great coaching. We are very lucky to have 2 such coaches, Jeremy and Maeve. We couldn’t do what we do without the constructive criticism and encouragement of these two!




Electric bassoon setups 1

Since we’re planning on having a pedal rehearsal in the next week, I thought I’d try out some new toys I got over the summer. I got a Line 6 Verbzilla (which has been on my wish list for a while), and a tube preamp (you can actually see the tube glow!), but my most exciting acquisition was a hand-wired pedal by Mark Stephenson (of Stephenson Amps) called Fix My Duck. Seriously.

Catherine's pedal explorations

Catherine’s pedal explorations

For the last while I’ve been using my Zoom Multi as an EQ, which made it more complicated to use for what it is designed to be — an FX pedal. Fix My Duck is a multifunctional pedal, but I find that the treble boost has done much of the heavy lifting previously done by my Zoom. I’ve spent a number of hours with Fix My Duck, and now my Zoom is freed up and loaded with chorus, wahs and pitch-shifters!

Could this be the answer to my EQ woes?

You might notice I also have two different overdrive/distortions. The big orange beast is Dr. Distorto by Line 6 — lots of tweaking possibilities and good clean overdriven sound. There’s also an Octave option, which adds a bit of scream an octave above my played pitch. I love this pedal, but it’s VERY noisy and I haven’t worked out how to correct that yet. I have a noise gate on my Zoom, which is after it on the effects chain, that helps, I’m going to be doing more research on noisy pedals.

The Blue Box is by MXR is actually on loan from my hubs, and I love it because it can play an octave below. Great for fuller distorted sounds, or just being perverse. Used it to do a Clockwork Orange version of Beethoven 9 in a show this summer. Can’t wait to try this out on Iron Man! My only issue with it is it doesn’t seem to have as much output power as the other pedals, so I’ll have to do some more research on that too.

The gold-ish one on the end is the Verbzilla, also by Line 6. It has a ton of options, but I use Spring and Room the most. The thing about bassoon is that when you stop blowing, the sounds stops, so it’s nice to have something to create atmospheric sound. I find I need more reverb when using a distortion pedal, and less when it’s the clean bassoon sound.

And the big box on the top right is a tube preamp. I’ve been using the L.R. Baggs Gigpro for a long time, but wanted to try something different. I haven’t done a side by side between this new preamp and the Gigpro yet, but plan to. Perhaps that will be a separate post. I added the tube preamp and Fix My Duck to my setup at the same time, so part of me wonders how much of the warmth I attribute to FMD is actually from the tube. Can’t wait to do some more experimenting!

Want to see these pedals in action? Then you definitely have to come to our show on September 26! More details after the jump!



Live at the Flying Beaver Pubaret

Join Das Fagott Mannschaft at the Flying Beaver Pubaret for some tasty food, great drinks and fantastic music. We will be trying out a ton of new repertoire…but promise all the old favourites. With 2 big sets planned and merch available for purchase, it is the best-bassooniest way to spend your Friday night!
Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door) and are available here. Dinner patrons get priority seating. Dinner and drinks available before, during, and after the show. For dinner rezzies e-mail Heather@pubaret.com or call 647.347.6567
For more info check out our event page or the official facebook event.


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