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Playing Since: 2009

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Occupation: Engineer & Musician

Gender: Male

Age: 64

My Instruments:
1) Gibson RB-250 tube & plate flange, early 70s
2) Banjo d'Amore (Orpheus) - Dan Knowles, 2011
3) 1929 Gibson TB-2, four string
4) 5-string Buck Creek - Arthur Hatfield, 2012
5) Gold Tone Fretless Bass Banjo BB-400 Custom, bass tuning EADG, 2010
6) Minstrel "early" banjo, after Joe Sweeney, by James Hartel, 2016
7) 2014 Mini-Banjo (Soprano 5 string) by Marvin Walker,

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In general I like the "old stuff" and older styles. I admire many of today's younger "progressive" artists, most notably Rhiannon Giddens, but I have always enjoyed collecting records from the 1920s through to the early 1960s. That fifty year period of American music is my favorite: Bluegrass, Old Time, Blues, Hokum, Rags, Swing, Hillbilly, Country, & Rockabilly. That's for me!

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Size: 1,260kb, uploaded 11/22/2009 5:23:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Clawhammer FRETLESS - Played on a Jason Romero Fretless Recorded Nov 22, 2009

5 comments on “Waterbound”

strokestyle Says:
Monday, November 23, 2009 @8:12:18 AM

Sure am glad to see that your a pro! I was real worried when I saw you had only played this year...Or I would have to go back to playing in the closet. Sounds very lovely!
Don Borchelt Says:
Monday, November 23, 2009 @6:41:14 PM

Another very nice performance. You've discovered how much you can milk that 3rd string, 2nd to 4th fretless slide, putting that slight hesitation into it; it just doesn't sound as splendidly lazy when you have frets.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @8:06:00 AM

I like the fretless, glad i dont have to decide between the two
Rob MacKillop Says:
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 @3:19:50 PM

Tom, I know we have become cyber buddies and all, but I have to say I love the sound of you playing this Romero fretless more than any other - well, anything. It just sounds so beautiful. Warm, relaxed, great phrasing. Just keep em coming, and maybe branch out into videos...
Oldpiper Says:
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @2:38:03 PM

Absolutely beautiful. You certainly do the Romero justice and vice versa.

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