35 posts tagged with acoustic and banjo.
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The Marc and Caitlin Wedding Set
Another rough mix from a recent bout of recording. These are two tunes I played during the summertime wedding of two good friends. [more inside]
The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
A traditional fiddle tune, recorded live at the Rainspout festival in Yachats, OR, November 2015. [more inside]
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]
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]
Pitch Burgundy Plaster
Fretless minstrel banjo with guitar and percussion, from 1855. [more inside]
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.
A short but stately exercise from Frank Converse's 1872 The Banjo and How to Play It.
Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
Solo stroke style arrangement on a fretless minstrel banjo. Another quickie from Briggs Banjo Instructor, 1855.
Instrumental on fretless minstrel style banjo, played more or less as arranged by Phil Rice in his 1858 banjo instructor. [more inside]
From Buckley's Banjo Guide, 1868. Played on a new minstrel style banjo made by Jeff Menzies and an old tambourine of indeterminate age.
Walk Into De Funeral Parlor Jig
Minor variation on an old minstrel tune. Fretless tackhead banjo, marginally played tambourine and bones. [more inside]
3 Legged Dog
A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love. [more inside]
Old-time fiddle tune performed by the usual gang at The People's Pint in Greenfield, Massachusetts. [more inside]
Old Joe Clark
An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
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]
A first stab at an old-time fiddle tune I've been obsessed with lately. [more inside]
An old-time tune I recorded a few years ago, solo clawhammer banjo. [more inside]
O Little Town of Bethlehem
My second entry to Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings 2009. Clawhammer banjo and guitar. [more inside]
The Wassail Song
My first contribution to the Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings 2009 project. [more inside]
Angeline the Baker
Traditional old-time fiddle tune in D, instrumental clawhammer banjo & guitar. [more inside]
A traditional old-timey tune as recorded by my pseudonymous string band, Crookneck John. [more inside]
My Heart Will Give You Up
The third and final installment of my 2009 Valentine's day project. Celine Dion + Rick Astley, as if the internet needed another rickroll. [more inside]
Saint V. Massacree
Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
A revision of my earlier version of this cover, since I had a night to burn at school. Bigger, a bit less background noise, a little more banjo.
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
Movin' On Up
The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [more inside]
No Going Back
This is not the happiest song I've ever written. [more inside]
Sunday Front Porch
Early morning front porch music... [more inside]
Recorded at O'Duffy's pub on that infamous night. [more inside]
cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
the River Girl
A song by my band, the Notes and Scratches, kind of about Vivian Eliot and featuring a bunch of water. I sing and play the acoustic and the harmonium.
Stuck out on
My lyric-writing "system" has often been dozens of little stickies on the desktop, thoughts, ideas, scribbles... and then sometimes when I'm frustrated I'll make a song made up of various combinations that seem to make sense. Like this one!
Power of Love
Thanks to two class cancellations due to ice storms in the Capital, I was able to arrange and record this Valentine's day treat. Imagine Huey Lewis, baritone, with a banjo.