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Briggs' Breakdown (Fretless banjo piece from 1855)

Yet another quick solo tune from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855.
posted by usonian on Jul 23, 2016 - 4 comments

Melon Jig

A nice little duo for classic style five-string banjo, composed by Herbert J. Ellis. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jun 29, 2016 - 1 comment

Blackberry Blossom

A traditional fiddle tune, recorded live at the Rainspout festival in Yachats, OR, November 2015. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Nov 17, 2015 - 6 comments

Ephriam's Lament

An instrumental arrangement of a minstrel era standard, from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855. Fretless banjo, tambourine, frame drum and bones. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 30, 2015 - 1 comment

Hi! Ho! The Charleston Gals

Usually heard as 'Charleston Gals' in old-time circles these days, this was originally a minstrel-era song. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 13, 2015 - 2 comments

Buckley's Jig

By G. Swain Buckley, 1860. Solo fretless banjo. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 10, 2015 - 0 comments

Rapahanock Jig

A fun one by James Buckley, 1860. Solo gourd banjo, eAEG#B tuning. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 31, 2015 - 2 comments

New York March

One more 1865 banjo tune for the city songs challenge trifecta! This is another Frank B. Converse composition. Fretless banjo and tambourine, a bit of reverb for extra stateliness.
posted by usonian on Jul 29, 2015 - 2 comments

Philadelphia Jig

Another 19th century banjo tune for the City Songs Challenge, this one from Frank B. Converse's New and Complete Method for Banjo With and Without A Master. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 25, 2015 - 1 comment

Ducks on the Pond

A solo clawhammer banjo recording of a traditional old-time tune. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 14, 2015 - 2 comments

Boston Jig

Getting in just under the wire for the May/June city song challenge, this is a short little banjo tune from Buckley's New Banjo Method of 1860. Fretless minstrel banjo, parlor guitar, bones and tambourine.
posted by usonian on Jun 29, 2015 - 5 comments

Lord Bless the Ladies

Written by James Buckley, from his 1868 Banjo Guide. Fretless stroke style banjo with a simple 2nd banjo accompaniment.
posted by usonian on Jun 26, 2015 - 0 comments

Anthony Street Reel

Another Frank Converse tune, from his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method (PDF link). [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 comments

Minor Waltz

A composition for 2 banjos in the classic style, composed by S.S. Stewart in 1882. I decided to give it the carnival dirge treatment.
posted by usonian on Nov 4, 2014 - 1 comment

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

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