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Funeral March of an Old Jaw Bone

For two banjos in the classic style, composed by Bolsover Gibbs. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 comments

Briggs' Reel

From Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jun 30, 2014 - 2 comments

Get up in the Morning (Say the Geese)

I was tending a fire and playing my banjo outside when the geese decided to help. [more inside]
posted by usonian on May 3, 2014 - 0 comments

Lynchburg Town

Not the old-time tune you may be thinking of. Fretless banjo with a percussion loop. (As it happens, Garageband's Jazz drum kit instrument has a rattle that sounds a lot like a jawbone.) [more inside]
posted by usonian on Apr 19, 2014 - 1 comment

Old Joe

A popular 19th century minstrel tune with fretless banjo, tambourine and vocals. (Different from the old-time tune by the same name, and not related to Old Joe Clark either.) Lyrics as recorded are not offensive.* [more inside]
posted by usonian on Apr 16, 2014 - 0 comments

Pitch Burgundy Plaster

Fretless minstrel banjo with guitar and percussion, from 1855. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Apr 12, 2014 - 2 comments

Power of Music

More fretless minstrel banjo, with tambourine and marginally played bones. This one is from Phil Rice's 1858 Method for Banjo With or Without A Master.
posted by usonian on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 comments

Kentucky Juba

A short but stately exercise from Frank Converse's 1872 The Banjo and How to Play It.
posted by usonian on Apr 1, 2014 - 2 comments

Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

Solo stroke style arrangement on a fretless minstrel banjo. Another quickie from Briggs Banjo Instructor, 1855.
posted by usonian on Mar 28, 2014 - 1 comment

Whoop Jamboree

Instrumental on fretless minstrel style banjo, played more or less as arranged by Phil Rice in his 1858 banjo instructor. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Mar 25, 2014 - 1 comment

Tiger Jig

From Buckley's Banjo Guide, 1868. Played on a new minstrel style banjo made by Jeff Menzies and an old tambourine of indeterminate age.
posted by usonian on Mar 19, 2014 - 1 comment

ShH 408t: Bennington

Merry Christmas! Here's an arrangement of Bennington, No. 408t in the Shenandoah Harmony (www.shenandoahharmony.com). Poetry by Isaac Watts 1706, original shape note arrangement by Billings, 1770. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Dec 18, 2013 - 3 comments

Buckley's, or Green Corn Jig

A quick multitrack with fretless tackhead banjo, tambourine and bones. From James Buckley's "Buckley's New Banjo Method", 1860. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 11, 2013 - 3 comments

Sugar Cane Dance

An elegantly arranged banjo piece composed by Frank B. Converse for his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method.
posted by usonian on Jun 30, 2013 - 3 comments

Blue Eagle Jail

An 1865 arrangement of this tune by Frank B. Converse, which I performed as a banjo duet with Joel Hooks at the sixth Antietam Early Banjo Gathering concert in the barn at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum in Keedysville, Maryland this past weekend. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jun 27, 2013 - 2 comments

Walk Into De Funeral Parlor Jig

Minor variation on an old minstrel tune. Fretless tackhead banjo, marginally played tambourine and bones. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 comments

Bury Me Beneath the Willow Tree

A very short bluegrass banjo piece I multi-tracked in 2005 and just now unearthed on my hard drive. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jan 3, 2013 - 6 comments

Good Times

Just playing my new banjo in the dark at 2:30am.
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] on Dec 14, 2012 - 0 comments

Any rhythmic activity produces a sound.

How come no one takes randomly detuned extemporaneous banjo music seriously anymore? [more inside]
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] on Dec 2, 2012 - 1 comment

Sunblind

OK, this is a shitty mix, I freely admit, but I need to draw a line under it for the moment. Features an underwhelming banjo solo -- in fact the only thing I can play on the banjo as yet -- and a bunch of notes I really can't hit, but I still like it for the way it kicks off at about 1'45, and in particular the lift at 2'20. It's a hell of a lot of fun to play live too. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 comments

3 Legged Dog

A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jul 1, 2012 - 9 comments

Beautiful Bidet

A short song about the positive and then the negative male relationships in my life. Features classical guitar, reverbed out bowed banjo, auto-tuning, synth, french doors slamming. This is the latest in a string of versions of this song, having trouble finishing it. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Jun 22, 2012 - 0 comments

Bill Cheatum

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

What the Thunder Said/The Purification Ritual (Epilogue)

After writing/arranging, recording, and mixing the first five sections of The Wasteland, I found myself a bit spent, and struggling with the final movement, so I took a few days off to back away from it. I finally returned to it tonight, and, renewed, even managed to squeeze an extra track from it. Thus concludes the tour. Enjoy! [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on May 13, 2012 - 4 comments

Spotted Pony

My first recording to share: this is the old-time banjo tune Spotted Pony, played on my new (to me) Bart Reiter fretless banjo, equipped with NylGut strings. Tuning is double-C.
posted by fritley on Jan 1, 2012 - 7 comments

Aegukka (The Patriotic Song - Korea (North))

LYRICS: Well, our country's kind of shitty, But we love it anyway (We have no basis of comparison!) This is Anthemic. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 14, 2011 - 0 comments

Alabama Joe

Stroke style arrangement of an old minstrel tune, taken from "Briggs' Banjo Instructor" book of 1855. Tackhead banjo and tambourine.
posted by usonian on Sep 10, 2011 - 4 comments

Sometimes With You

Sometimes with you, I forget myself and laugh! (headphones recommended) [more inside]
posted by IngeChiles on Aug 30, 2011 - 0 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

Dynamite

Just what the world needs: another cover of a hit pop song by a white guy with his guitar. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jun 25, 2011 - 9 comments

Raindrops keep Falling

An arrangement of the classic song for banjo and a little bit of toy piano. [more inside]
posted by dagosto on Jun 15, 2011 - 3 comments

Tommaso Parentucelli

Also known as Pope Nicholas V, he didn't seem like such a bad guy, for the most part...other than the whole "Papal consent to the slave trade" thing. Live recorded video is available. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Mar 1, 2011 - 0 comments

Over The Gates

This is a new one from a short EP I just released for an upcoming tour. It's a stoney instrumental with banjo. You guys like those, right? [more inside]
posted by TheCoug on Feb 26, 2011 - 6 comments

St. James Infirmary Blues

Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 16, 2011 - 9 comments

Heinreich's Compulsion

Ambient modal psychedelic clawhammer banjo drone? Sure, TheCoug, whatever...
posted by TheCoug on Dec 9, 2010 - 7 comments

The Church's Desolation (and Old Hundred)

Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Nov 10, 2010 - 2 comments

My Roots are Strong and Deep (the Microphones cover)

This is a cover (gah, feels like all I can do lately) of "My Roots are Strong and Deep" by the Microphones. Features my friend Taylor Bridges on heavily distorted banjo, and recorded in this wonderful, cement stairwell back at the school I used to attend. Anyone know of good, secluded, reverby spots in Portland, OR? The sort where people generally won't walk by, but if they do they won't snicker?
posted by Corduroy on Aug 30, 2010 - 3 comments

Lazy John

Old-time fiddle tune performed by the usual gang at The People's Pint in Greenfield, Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 8, 2010 - 4 comments

Old Joe Clark

An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 2, 2010 - 3 comments

Where you are

This is a quick little tune about a few people I'll never meet. [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on May 18, 2010 - 10 comments

minnesota pr0n

this started out as a remix of astro zombie's minnesota porn but... [more inside]
posted by peterkins on May 13, 2010 - 8 comments

Minnesota Porn

Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls present a decidedly not-safe-for-work ode to porn stars and filmmakers from Minnesota. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on May 2, 2010 - 1 comment

Eight of January

(Jackson's Victory). Played on my fretless bowlback banjo, in double A.
posted by tmcw on May 1, 2010 - 12 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

Last Known Photo

Banjo + Trombone = Awesome? I'd love your feedback on this new project I am a member of (trombonist). Kind of "new wave bluegrass." I hope you like it.
posted by bengalsfan1 on Apr 21, 2010 - 8 comments

Beautiful Bruise

From my old band, recorded about 6 years ago. The crappy coda on the end was my bad idea, but I can't edit it out now.
posted by digitalprimate on Apr 10, 2010 - 3 comments

Danville Girl

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

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

Cowboy's Dream

A first stab at an old-time fiddle tune I've been obsessed with lately. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jan 15, 2010 - 0 comments

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