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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Playing banjo-slow tunes in Irish tradition music.

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Ottawa - Posted - 04/02/2009:  19:58:38

How effective is the banjo for slower tunes. Is there simply a time to put the banjo aside or is there a style/technique to be used which can still allow the banjo to be effective. Anyone have examples of slow Irish tunes using a banjo?

This new forum is great!


Bill Rogers - Posted - 04/02/2009:  20:29:55

The first tune in this medley will answer your question.


banjered - Posted - 04/02/2009:  20:53:57

I like to play/sing Ragland Road in the tremlo style. There's Sheebeg, South Wind and all the other waltzes...endless. TC

Ottawa - Posted - 04/02/2009:  20:56:29

Wow. SO that tremelo works just fine by me. Just beautiful, thanks so much for that link. I've downloaded that for sure! Goosebumps!


My Golden - Posted - 04/02/2009:  22:04:24

Thanks for that link Bill. I enjoyed Barney McKenna. Slow tune Old House with tremolo. Reckon you're never too old to play the banjer!

ruraltradpunk - Posted - 04/03/2009:  22:58:43

Have a listen to Angelina Carberry playing "The Princess Royal" -there is an mp3 of it on her website (or you can also hear her do a version of it on the tenor guitar on the Fletcher Instruments website if you click on the "media" link - I believe that there's a clip of Mick Moloney playing a slow tune on the last installment of Mike Keyes' Banjo Sessions column go to to see it.


Edited by - ruraltradpunk on 04/03/2009 22:59:46

fergaloh - Posted - 04/06/2009:  10:50:11

Its whatever ya like yourself, slow irish airs are popular in the italian mandolin style, or whatever they call it, mostly because of barney mckenna. When done with feeling it sounds deadly

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