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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW (OT) 10/30/15 - Wandering Boy


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greenbrooms - Posted - 10/30/2015:  06:37:28


Happy Halloween Eve, everyone!



It wasn't until last night while carving pumpkins I realized I should've found a tune a little more spooky or eerie for today. Oh well.. there's always next year! I discovered "Wandering Boy" a month or two ago when browsing the YouTube channel of BHO's own banjukebox. I found it to be one of the most comforting old-time melodies I'd heard in a while, reminding me of a nice, aimless walk through the fall woods. I came back to it over and over again, and finally decided to dig in and learn the darn thing. It's definitely been a challenge (and one I'm still working on), but very rewarding on the other end. A nice exercise for Galax licks, too!



Like my last TOTW, I don't have much history behind this tune, so I'll post a few of my favorite cuts from YT and go from there! I hope you all enjoy this one and have fun playing/learning it. As always, I look forward to hearing everyone!



Oh yeah, the tune is in double C (gCGCD), and as Adam Hurt mentions below (duet video), has a little 'hiccup' in the B part - last measure only has 2 beats and then right back into the A part.



First up, the original recording by Frank Jenkins of Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters:



 





Next, the recording I used to learn the tune, played by BHO member banjukebox:



 





Pretty sure banjukebox referenced Adam Hurt's rendition (off his CD Earth Tones), so here's a live take of Adam:



 





Incredible duet between Adam Hurt and Paul Brown from Suwannee Banjo Camp:



 





And finally, a quick-and-dirty attempt by yours truly:



 





Edited by - greenbrooms on 10/30/2015 06:40:27

rudy - Posted - 10/30/2015:  07:05:31


Great choice, Kevin.



Wandering Boy has been a tune I'm totally enthralled with since first hearing it done live by Adam Hurt at a house concert.  The interesting thing is that it hasn't been a TOTW previously.  Somehow this tune may have escaped a few folks, so it can be considered the best possible treat for our Halloween bags!


jack_beuthin - Posted - 10/30/2015:  07:33:37


I haven't played Wandering Boy in a while, but hearing it rendered by Adam Hurt was a major inspiration for me to get back into playing banjo.  Mike Seeger and Paul Brown also played a fine duet on their Way Down in North Carolina album (Track 1).  John Fabke and Jon Peik posted a 3-finger/CH duet here on the Jukebox that was inspired by the Seeger-Brown duet.  Also mighty fine.  Great Halloween treat indeed!



Fabke/Peik duet:





banjohangout.org/song/6381


trapdoor2 - Posted - 10/30/2015:  07:43:11


Yah, I heard it on "Earth Tones" and fell in love right there. Very cool to hear the Frank Jenkins version.



Going on my "learn it" list right now.



THANKS!


Cyndy - Posted - 10/30/2015:  09:06:18


I learned this tune on fiddle in the Old Time Ensemble class at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago some years ago but haven't played it in a long time even though I really like it. Thanks for the reminder! Great choice of tune. I'll give it a try when I take a banjo break later this morning.


banjukebox - Posted - 10/30/2015:  09:26:50


One of my all time favorites!



Here's a link to another great version (Bruce Molsky's):  youtube.com/watch?v=faVH6JXf7i4.



I just posted the tab I came up with over in the TAB Section:  hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...02015.pdf



Thanks for posting.


greenbrooms - Posted - 10/30/2015:  12:32:42


quote:

Originally posted by jack_beuthin

 

I haven't played Wandering Boy in a while, but hearing it rendered by Adam Hurt was a major inspiration for me to get back into playing banjo.  Mike Seeger and Paul Brown also played a fine duet on their Way Down in North Carolina album (Track 1).  John Fabke and Jon Peik posted a 3-finger/CH duet here on the Jukebox that was inspired by the Seeger-Brown duet.  Also mighty fine.  Great Halloween treat indeed!




Fabke/Peik duet:






banjohangout.org/song/6381







 



Never knew about that Mike Seeger/Paul Brown album -- thanks for the heads-up!!


hendrid - Posted - 10/30/2015:  12:37:09


When I listened to this I started singing Jesse James.  Some versions sound like a similar jazzed up version played AABB vice AB. 


jonredmond - Posted - 10/30/2015:  14:14:06


This tune sounds very similar to the tune Lu Lu Walls. Especially the way Bruce Molsky is playing it. Is it the same tune?



 



 



Edited by - jonredmond on 10/30/2015 14:14:47

CamC - Posted - 10/30/2015:  15:24:28


youtu.be/DaoWBU5tm7IGreat choice Kevin, and one I've been meaning to learn. Here's what I came up with today using Adam Hurt's version from Earth Tones. 


jack_beuthin - Posted - 10/30/2015:  15:40:52


Another fine recording of The Wandering Boy is by BHO's Frosty Morn (Michael Neverisky):



youtube.com/watch?v=xMwy3d3JRZM


JanetB - Posted - 10/31/2015:  16:11:35


 A rich choice, Kevin, and nice recordings by you, Pat, and Cam.  Adam's Earth Tones is indeed inspiring.



I listened to DeCosta Woltz's Broadcasters 1920's recording to figure out an arrangement.  It was similar to Adam's.  Can someone please post links to learn more about Frank Jenkins and this group?  



I wondered about the title and after listening to The Isaacs, The Stanley Brothers, and The Carter Family became convinced that their song shares roots with our TOTW.  The lyrics tell of an aging mother missing her son who left her, promising only to meet again "where tears are never shed."  It helps me as I play Wandering Boy and can relate more to its title.




Wandering Boy (CB)


Wandering Boy (CH) tab

Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 11/01/2015:  02:23:13


Nicely played, Cam and Janet. 


VancePants - Posted - 11/01/2015:  16:39:33


Well, guess i'm late to wander in to the forum... just listened to Janet's rich cello-banjo version, and here's one i did a while back, if anyone is still interested:-->)




VIDEO: The Wandering Boy (clawhammer)
(click to view)

   

karleggers - Posted - 11/06/2015:  11:17:00


I found this version by user FukudaBanjo on YouTube and really liked the style of it, so I transcribed it from their video.




Wandering Boy

   

bradeinhorn - Posted - 11/06/2015:  13:20:46


nice tune. i'm going to work on it


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