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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]
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snow Drop

An old-time tune I recorded a few years ago, solo clawhammer banjo. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jan 10, 2010 - 4 comments

O Little Town of Bethlehem

My second entry to Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings 2009. Clawhammer banjo and guitar. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Dec 19, 2009 - 7 comments

The Wassail Song

My first contribution to the Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings 2009 project. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Dec 9, 2009 - 2 comments

Angeline the Baker

Traditional old-time fiddle tune in D, instrumental clawhammer banjo & guitar. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 18, 2009 - 9 comments

Sandy Boys

A traditional old-timey tune as recorded by my pseudonymous string band, Crookneck John. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 11, 2009 - 6 comments

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]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2009 - 3 comments

Saint V. Massacree

Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 12, 2009 - 10 comments

Dammit: Reprise

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.
posted by tmcw on Dec 23, 2008 - 0 comments

Oh! Susanna

Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jun 3, 2008 - 10 comments

Movin' On Up

The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on May 12, 2008 - 13 comments

No Going Back

This is not the happiest song I've ever written. [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Apr 1, 2008 - 6 comments

Sunday Front Porch

Early morning front porch music... [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Mar 31, 2008 - 2 comments

My Bones

Recorded at O'Duffy's pub on that infamous night. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 29, 2008 - 3 comments

Stay

cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
posted by The White Hat on Feb 1, 2008 - 6 comments

Blue Train

Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jan 3, 2008 - 11 comments

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.
posted by verysleeping on Jul 5, 2007 - 14 comments

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!
posted by ORthey on Apr 15, 2007 - 8 comments

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.
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2007 - 5 comments

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