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Brennivin and Malort
Banjo and accordion, some light processing through the modular synth, lots of reverb (of course). [more inside]
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]
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]
Old Greasy Coat+
usonian's "Old Greasy Coat" from a few days ago, extended in the middle and accompanied on fiddle. [more inside]
Old Greasy Coat
An old-time tune I've been meaning to learn forever. Solo clawhammer banjo, modal tuning. [more inside]
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]
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.
Far South Reel
One of the coolest tunes Frank B. Converse ever wrote, from page 105 of his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method. [more inside]
Traditional oldtime tune, played clawhammer style on an 1896 Bay State banjo, recorded into an Audio Technica AT-2035 mic. [more inside]
(Gettin It On) On Christmas Eve
Bro-country Christmas wishes to you and yours. Apologies for the paucity of pickup trucks and SoCo.
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 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.
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]
With all due respect to Steve Martin, you can play a sad song on the banjo. [more inside]
Another Frank Converse tune on fretless banjo - this one from 1865. [more inside]
Briggs' Breakdown (Fretless banjo piece from 1855)
Yet another quick solo tune from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855.
A nice little duo for classic style five-string banjo, composed by Herbert J. Ellis. [more inside]
A traditional fiddle tune, recorded live at the Rainspout festival in Yachats, OR, November 2015. [more inside]
An instrumental arrangement of a minstrel era standard, from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855. Fretless banjo, tambourine, frame drum and bones. [more inside]
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]
By G. Swain Buckley, 1860. Solo fretless banjo. [more inside]
A fun one by James Buckley, 1860. Solo gourd banjo, eAEG#B tuning. [more inside]
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.
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]
Ducks on the Pond
A solo clawhammer banjo recording of a traditional old-time tune. [more inside]
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.
Lord Bless the Ladies
Written by James Buckley, from his 1868 Banjo Guide. Fretless stroke style banjo with a simple 2nd banjo accompaniment.
Anthony Street Reel
Another Frank Converse tune, from his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method (PDF link). [more inside]
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.
Funeral March of an Old Jaw Bone
For two banjos in the classic style, composed by Bolsover Gibbs. [more inside]
From Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Sugar Cane Dance
An elegantly arranged banjo piece composed by Frank B. Converse for his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method.
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]
Walk Into De Funeral Parlor Jig
Minor variation on an old minstrel tune. Fretless tackhead banjo, marginally played tambourine and bones. [more inside]
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]
Just playing my new banjo in the dark at 2:30am.
Any rhythmic activity produces a sound.
How come no one takes randomly detuned extemporaneous banjo music seriously anymore? [more inside]
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]