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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: My Old Gariepy in its New Orleans Heyday

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crowfielder - Posted - 03/24/2020:  12:53:49

I saw a post about a Gariepy over in the Collector’s Corner and it brought back fond memories of my old workhorse banjo from when I was playing plectrum (open G) for a ragtag group called St. Cinder a few years back.

I picked up some neat tricks playing full time and I thought it’d be worth sharing some highlights I found on YouTube of us playing on Royal Street in New Orleans. It’s a hard town but I learned more there just by absorbing the sounds than I did at any other point in my playing.

“Slow Leak Blues” a take on classic jug blues. That hot dog cart...

Here’s a “Some of These Days” mash up we did that started with the Charlie Patton tune before it got swingin. Banjo takes the head:

“Careless Love” as a slow blues. Banjo time is at 2 min, but our singer kills it if you have the patience!

Bob Will’s “Who Walks In”—I used to have to oil my hand on my hair to play the speed-up fast enough!

Now for the blooper reel! After a full minute of trying to tune the cold out of this poor thing there’s some neat minor tango work. The frantic tuning itself is worth a laugh.

Aaaaand this “Lina’s Blues” includes my standard break but I try to squeeze in Charleston chops at the end and it’s a total train wreck.

That’s all the news that’s mildly fit to print. I have a knack for playing best when no one’s recording. All my best work is lost to time, as it should be. If you walk down the street in New Orleans and hear a sweet tune take note! It’s already gone! I’m sure the musicians and service folk there are hurting pretty bad right now, let’s not forget how much musical culture relies on people coming together both physically and in heart!

This banjo lives in England now—I had to part with it when I left the band. I did love my plain sturdy Gariepy though! My ‘27 Vega Senator plectrum doesn’t sound as good... yet. But I’m rusty and so is that banjo. Too many strings, too little time!

Anyhow, nothing to write home about but I wanted to share. I think busking is an important part of American culture and while it’s on hold might as well bring the streets to you! Happy Tuesday!

Edited by - crowfielder on 03/24/2020 12:56:04

spoonfed - Posted - 03/24/2020:  12:59:43

And this is what comes of wearing the wrong hat !

crowfielder - Posted - 03/24/2020:  14:32:32

Hey that hat isn’t a size too small my head’s just a size too big! It’s not the hat’s fault I can’t get circulation.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:03:18

Do you remember what tone ring was in the Gariepy?

Omeboy - Posted - 03/24/2020:  15:22:24

St. Cinder is another one of those groups I could listen to all day long. Great stuff and that old Gariepy sounds so good.

crowfielder - Posted - 03/24/2020:  16:47:44

The tone ring was just a hoop, I can’t remember whether brass or steel or what. That renaissance head really sweetened it up. They can be plain sounding but with a very dynamic attack, picking from right next to the bridge all the way up to over the 19th fret or so, I could almost always pull the “right” sound out of it once we got to know each other. It was simple and solid.

Thanks Omeboy! We had some good times. I left the group a couple years back so I’m not sure but I think they’re disbanded now. We were no Tuba Skinny but we sure had fun! Ha. Alway nice to hear, thanks again!

jwold - Posted - 03/25/2020:  08:44:38

Thanks for sharing Cody, that was great! Love me some Tuba Skinny, looks like you were playing the in the same locations!

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