Hi all, this is my first post in a while, I trust all's well in banjoland :)
This is the first video I have made since I replaced the steel strings on my eraly-1900s Clifford Essex C. E. Special with Super Nylguts. I'm very happy with the lovely warm tone of these strings on this banjo, these banjos were originally strung with gut, so it feels like it can once again sound like was originally intended.
I have lately been working at combining my love of music with my love of the French language, and this is the first song in French that I've learned to sing and play from start to finish without having to look at the words!
It's a cover of a really lovely song by Françoise Hardy from 1964. As I went to upload it I noticed that the Banjo Hangout competetion for April is cover songs! Well that's a nice coincidence so I've entered this video in the competition - I hope folks don't mind that it's not in English (there's an English translation of the lyrics in the video description).
By the way, Françoise Hardy did record a version of this song in English, but the French version is far superior imo!
Apologies for the dim lighting in the video, I did this take late at night while testing the equipment, ready to do some takes the next morning in the harsh light of day; but I feel that the melancholic mood of the dim lighting quite suits the song.
Thank you for expanding the banjo's reach into the international realm. It's good to hear heartfelt singing with the banjo. Your banjo certainly sounds quite at home with nylon strings, with a very warm and gentle tone.
I found this info about the song on Wikipedia: "Mon amie la rose" is a poem written by Cécile Caulier and Jacques Lacome, originally performed in song by French singer Françoise Hardy in 1964. It became one of Hardy's most popular songs, and was collected on her album Mon amie la rose.