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Playing Since: 1985
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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Occupation: Musician, Composer, Recording Artist, Author
(1) Tom Hanway SwallowTail Deluxe and (2) Standard, co-designed with Geoff Stelling in 1998, and (3) Nechville Meteor (acoustic/electric) with the "Galaxy" inlay pattern. I also have a 1918 Van Eps tenor which I inherited from my grandfather, John Hanway, who got it as a freshman and played it in the Yale Mandolin and Banjo Club. It has recently been restored by Tom Cussen (Clareen Banjos) of Clarinbridge, Co. Galway, Ireland. I fool around and play a bit of "trad" on it (traditional Irish music).
In no particular order: Tony Trischka, Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Don Reno (father and son), Ralph Stanley, Béla Fleck, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, David Bromberg, Tim O'Brien, Herb Pedersen, Sonny Osborne, Bill Emerson, Raymond Fairchild, Eddie Adcock, Bill Keith, Allen Shelton, Butch Robins, Sammy Shelor, Jim Mills, Scott Vestal, The Beatles, The Stones, the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen, New Grass Revival, Sam Bush, Stringbean (for his humanity), Joni Mitchell, Gram Parsons, Roy Huskey, Jr., The Bothy Band, Altan, Michael Coleman, Cream, Hendrix, Carole King, James Taylor, Johnson Mountain Boys, Andy McGann, Tommy Peoples, Tony DeMarco, Hot Rize, Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Jesse Fuller, all the great bluesmen, all the early R&B and jazz cats. I love jugbands, skiffle bands, jam bands, and the like.
My dad, "Wild Jack", who showed the whole family what great fun it is to jam with old jazz recordings. I was tapping my foot to traditional jazz and Big Band music at a very impressionable age. I learned a lot of jazz tunes that way, melodies for which I have not title, which is another project. So many tunes, so little time!
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Last Visit 5/17/2013
Friday, March 01, 2013 @8:29:50 AM
March 2013: Mel Bay's Easy Irish and Celtic Melodies for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes (MB 21598 BCD), my third tune collection with Mel Bay Publications, is officially released, in music shops worldwide in time for St. Patrick's Day, also available online as an eBook and audio download. Mel Bay page here, and this is the Mel Bay product description:
This book and accompanying audio present Irish, Celtic and British Isles folk melodies for the 5-string banjo. The book demonstrates contemporary Celtic fingerstyle banjo in G tuning using modern techniques. 32 airs and song melodies are presented, with chords written in standard notation and tablature. Play-along and up-to-speed tracks are included in the audio. The tunes are suited for beginner and intermediate players, and include practice tempo suggestions. Advanced players will also benefit by learning subtle arrangements of traditional pieces. This is the companion work to Mel Bay's Easy Irish and Celtic Tunes for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Jigs and Reels (2012), with 68 tunes, combining for a total of 100 Celtic melodies. The pieces can be played individually or combined for session playing.
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