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Playing Since: 2009

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Occupation: Professional Musician until age 37, now I am an Engineer

Gender: Male

Age: 63

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) 5-String Soprano (14 inch scale) Marvin Walker "Mini"
7) 2014 Mini-Banjo (Soprano 5 string) by Marvin Walker,

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Earl, Don, Ralph, JD, Jim Reed, Jim Mills. 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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Bonaparte's Retreat

Posted by Tom Berghan

47 people like this

Play count: 3273
Size: 1,552kb, uploaded 11/23/2009 9:24:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, Based on the song originally by Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys. Recorded November 23, 2009 Fretless Banjo by luthier Jason Romero

7 comments on “Bonaparte's Retreat”

chip arnold Says:
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 @6:08:43 AM

As good as I've ever heard the tune. Really, really good. Thanks for posting this.
FretlessinTexas Says:
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 @5:17:41 AM

You did an excellent job with this. I really like your playing and your version of this tune.
Don Borchelt Says:
Saturday, April 3, 2010 @5:06:50 AM

This proves beyond reasonable doubt that Bonaparte's Retreat must be played fretless to be truly realized. This old tune is full of quick little musical wisecracks, and you have nailed the feeling of it perfectly. A fine performance.
BrittDLD1 Says:
Saturday, April 3, 2010 @7:40:52 AM

The banjo... as a singing voice...
With all its emotion.

Rob MacKillop Says:
Sunday, April 4, 2010 @11:18:04 PM

Tom, that is a really special sound, warm, full-bodied, just like the player!
Sunday, May 2, 2010 @10:46:24 AM

Lovely Slides ,really Dynamic feel, but the little streaches are killer
jimh269b Says:
Monday, June 7, 2010 @5:25:24 PM

fine job there tom

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