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...
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!
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!