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The Leaving of Liverpool

I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Apr 26, 2017 - 6 comments

Harvest Home

A day late for St. Patrick's Day, but here's an Irish tune. Not quite as triplet-y as you'd hear it from a bona fide Celtic player.
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Mar 18, 2017 - 2 comments

Spotted Pony

The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
posted by hades on Mar 18, 2017 - 4 comments

Eunice Waltz

Bon Mardi Gras! Here's a traditional cajun waltz to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Trio with fiddle, accordion, guitar and vocals. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Feb 27, 2017 - 5 comments

Night Train to Memphis

Night Train to Memphis by Roy Acuff Jr, recorded live by Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts in Eugene, OR, 8/29/2016. Old time fiddle music with a washboard groove. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Aug 31, 2016 - 3 comments

Coventry Carol - strings

This medieval English carol is certainly not cheerily optimistic-sounding, but might not quite qualify as pessimistic. "Somber" is better - a mood rarely evoked for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by AppleSeed on Dec 18, 2015 - 1 comment

In The Pines

I went and bought my first resonator guitar yesterday, a Gretsch Honey Dipper (evidence), and this seemed like a good tune to try and break it in on. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 10, 2015 - 8 comments

Whiskey Before Breakfast

An arrangement of the traditional fiddle tune with its not-often-heard lyrics. Full album now streaming on Bandcamp. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Feb 18, 2015 - 3 comments

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

A traditional bluegrass arrangement of the classic spiritual by my band, Green Mountain Bluegrass Band. From our new (and first studio) album, City Limits. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Dec 22, 2014 - 5 comments

Liza Jane 2

A second version of the traditional tune Liza Jane, on clawhammer guitar . . . [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Dec 19, 2014 - 4 comments

Cider

another old-time tune, clawhammer guitared up. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Sep 27, 2014 - 9 comments

Sandy Boys

Old-time traditional tune, done clawhammer style on guitar. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Sep 8, 2014 - 7 comments

St James Infirmary

I dug the old portastudio out of storage and threw together a quick demo of an old classic. I may be redoing a more polished version later, so constructive critiques are welcome. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes on Aug 22, 2013 - 2 comments

Rest Ye Merry

Vaguely medieval and dirge-like. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Dec 23, 2012 - 3 comments

Eochaill

A song I did for a competition two weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by LN on Nov 19, 2012 - 4 comments

Bill Cheatum

Latest dispatch in über-short traditional clawhammer banjo songs. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 21, 2012 - 4 comments

Pilón

Traditional Venezuelan song. [more inside]
posted by micayetoca on Feb 25, 2012 - 4 comments

Sandy River Belle

Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
posted by tmcw on Aug 9, 2011 - 2 comments

Old Joe Clark

A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
posted by tmcw on Aug 7, 2011 - 2 comments

Wayfaring Stranger

First stab at recording my new Estey folding Chaplain's pump organ. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 23, 2011 - 9 comments

Oh Death

Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 19, 2011 - 8 comments

Alabama Bound

Just came across this the other day, fishing around in one of my drives. I recorded it four years ago as a simple take, direct to 2-track in one pass, with WaveDrum and vocal. I think I'd originally intended to add more tracks and flesh it out, but listening now I thought, hey, it's OK as is, stripped down to barest essentials and presented as a live take. Unfortunately, since the vocal and drum are on the same stereo track, I couldn't do as much post processing as I would've liked (especially comp on the drum) but c'est la vie.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 5, 2011 - 2 comments

Leave Her, Johnny

Here is an entry for the January Challenge! It is by me and rangefinder 1.4. It is a cover of "Leave Her, Johnny," a traditional sea shanty that was sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, as they were preparing to leave their ship ("her" in the song). [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jan 31, 2011 - 13 comments

Rain & Snow

A version of the traditional tune, with very nontraditional backing.
posted by tmcw on Jan 16, 2011 - 1 comment

Silent Night

Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 22, 2010 - 2 comments

Oh Death (live, July 2010)

I just can't stay away from this song, it has a power over me. This time it's with my diddley bow (the Marron Glacé Guitar). At the end of the song, Death momentarily overtook me and made me attack the instrument with one of these. Video of this same performance at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 14, 2010 - 5 comments

Julia Delaney's Reel

A version of this traditional tune on a fretless bowl-back banjo tuned down to B. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Apr 28, 2010 - 3 comments

Ode on an Irish Pub

Who's getting wasted today? I said Who's Getting Wasted?! Well alright!! Hope you're drinking lots of green beer, remember to tip your bartenders. We've been Tam and the Shanters, thanks for coming out tonight! [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Mar 17, 2010 - 17 comments

Captain Kidd

The original broadside dates to his execution in 1701. [more inside]
posted by blue bar on Feb 27, 2010 - 2 comments

Red River Valley

Old Cowboy Song that I sung with my sister [more inside]
posted by IngeChiles on Feb 26, 2010 - 2 comments

The Murder of Maria Marten

An old murder ballad that's always intrigued me, for some reason. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Feb 25, 2010 - 2 comments

Danville Girl

Cover of the Dock Boggs song, on banjo naturally. [more inside]
posted by l2p on Feb 22, 2010 - 6 comments

Banks of the Ohio

DMelanogaster and I try the traditional music challenge. Banks of the Ohio is the story of Willie killing his proposal-rejecting lover. (see also Knoxville Girl)
posted by Obscure Reference on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 comments

Tumbalalaika

Tumbalalaika, a traditional Russian Jewish love song. Generally sung in Yiddish, presented here in English. [more inside]
posted by archivist on Feb 21, 2010 - 4 comments

"Spanish Ladies" by Peg-Leg Dundee featuring The Bilge Rats

An 18th century sea-shanty from around the time, allegedly, of the Battle of Trafalgar ("Kiss me Hardy....no,no I mean hardly"). Featuring indispensible and splendid contributions from uncleozzy (unhinged Robert Newton-esque vocal and accordion) and chococat (tracked vocal). Now....be careful you don't catch your clewgarnets in your flys... [more inside]
posted by MajorDundee on Feb 19, 2010 - 21 comments

Greensleeves

For the "Traditional" MefiMusic challenge. In which I get all George Winston-y up in here. [more inside]
posted by dnash on Feb 18, 2010 - 6 comments

Scarlet Town

A synth version of The Ballad of Barbara Allen, with beats and some sampling work. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Feb 18, 2010 - 1 comment

Year of Jubilo

This month's challenge isn't much of a challenge for someone who plays oldtime music anyway, but I figure I get extra points for recording this American Civil War era tune on my new gourd banjo. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Feb 16, 2010 - 3 comments

So We'll Go No More A-Roving

As it's Valentine's Day, here's a song about love. Well, kind of about love. Actually it's about the end of love, as it fades due to age and fatigue, and the death of romance. Errr...happy Valentine's Day! [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Feb 14, 2010 - 1 comment

María tero lero lé

One for the 'traditional' challenge. [more inside]
posted by micayetoca on Feb 12, 2010 - 9 comments

Allegro Vivace from G.B. Viotti's 'Trio for 2 violins and cello' in Bb Major

My string trio playing one of our signature pieces by G.B. Viotti, the 1st movement to his 'Trio for 2 Violins and Cello' in Bb Major (Op. 19, 1). [more inside]
posted by mythicalbyrd on Feb 11, 2010 - 8 comments

Knoxville Girl

The old Murder Ballad. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Feb 8, 2010 - 12 comments

Oh Death (live)

In the very first hour of the brand new year of 2010, I was on a stage in Tokyo, part of Mike Watt's yearly "We Jam Econo" event, singing about death. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube or Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 7, 2010 - 6 comments

Creative Commons Happy Birthday Song

I decided to create a new birthday song for people who don't feel like breaking the copyright laws or don't have $10,000 to spare. It belongs to the internet now!
posted by I Foody on Jun 26, 2009 - 4 comments

Down In The Forest

The original broken Christmas carol. [more inside]
posted by doubtfulpalace on Dec 8, 2008 - 1 comment

Shenandoah

That song you remember from grade school. [more inside]
posted by doubtfulpalace on Oct 23, 2008 - 5 comments

Hard Times Come Again No More

Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Mar 29, 2008 - 6 comments

dmd-A Call to Prayer

A simple mashup of dmd's "this has unbreakable drm" and Athan Al-Fajr's "Call to Prayer". [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Dec 7, 2007 - 3 comments

Gaoth Barra na dTonn

My take on this wonderful Irish Gaelic song, which I learned from Clannad, and which was written by Diarmuid MacDiarmada. Donegaler Mefites, please don't kill me if I've mangled the pronunciation! [more inside]
posted by LN on Sep 13, 2007 - 3 comments

Bonnie Blue Eyed Nancy

Not written by me, a song I learned ages ago in Ireland. Not much is known of where it comes from, apart from having been collected from Bess Cronin 30 years ago. I learned it from Phil Callery. I love this song for its soaring melody line; you really do imagine you're standing at the top of a mountain!
posted by LN on Aug 29, 2007 - 6 comments

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