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Ramsey Table Owl Frog

Soo, my friend recently attended a password training at work, led by a coworker and friend of his. As he listened to the examples, he got this idea to mash up his coworker's announcer voice with the old banjo tune King Kong Kitchie Kitchie (a version of froggy went a courtin') to make a 1 minute dance mix ditty. [more inside]
posted by umbú on May 27, 2021 - 3 comments

I Am Not A Lawyer & This Is Not Legal Advice

A result of the "make a request" thread I posted here a couple weeks back! I recorded the banjo, and greenish supplied the signing. This is for a presentation at a conference I'm part of in July. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 25, 2021 - 4 comments

Old Greasy Coat+

usonian's "Old Greasy Coat" from a few days ago, extended in the middle and accompanied on fiddle. [more inside]
posted by hades on Mar 27, 2020 - 1 comment

Old Greasy Coat

An old-time tune I've been meaning to learn forever. Solo clawhammer banjo, modal tuning. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Mar 22, 2020 - 5 comments

Irish Jig Set

Three jigs I've been working on recently - Miller of Glanmire, The Drowning at Bruckless, and Bill Harte's. Two tenor guitars (a recent Nigel Forster, and a 1943 Epiphone archtop), and banjo (Ode Juniper). [more inside]
posted by gorbichov on Feb 17, 2020 - 5 comments

Skeleton Dance

A day late for Halloween, barely in time for Día de Muertos. A composition for classic fingerstyle banjo and piano by Norton Greenop, circa 1900.
posted by usonian on Nov 1, 2019 - 5 comments

Far South Reel

One of the coolest tunes Frank B. Converse ever wrote, from page 105 of his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 1, 2019 - 2 comments

Cider

Traditional oldtime tune, played clawhammer style on an 1896 Bay State banjo, recorded into an Audio Technica AT-2035 mic. [more inside]
posted by usonian on May 23, 2019 - 4 comments

(Gettin It On) On Christmas Eve

Bro-country Christmas wishes to you and yours. Apologies for the paucity of pickup trucks and SoCo.
posted by uncleozzy on Dec 13, 2017 - 5 comments

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]
posted by gorbichov on Nov 19, 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

Lilly Polka

A lovely little early fingerstyle composition for the banjo by Frank B. Converse, from his 1865 New and Complete Method for the Banjo With or Without a Master.
posted by usonian on Dec 5, 2016 - 7 comments

Darling Nelly Gray

Fretless recording of an 1868 James Buckley finger style banjo arrangement of a tremendously popular song written in 1856 by Benjamin Hanby. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 6, 2016 - 4 comments

Funeral March

With all due respect to Steve Martin, you can play a sad song on the banjo. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 8, 2016 - 3 comments

Brighton Jig

Another Frank Converse tune on fretless banjo - this one from 1865. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 6, 2016 - 1 comment

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 - 5 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

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