Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

315
Banjo Lovers Online


Discussion Forum

Want to hide these Google ads? Join the Players Union!

 All Forums
 Playing the Banjo
 Playing Advice: 4-String (Jazz, Blues & Other Trad Styles)
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Calypso


Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/363932

hobogal - Posted - 05/12/2020:  09:16:24


Can anyone recommend me any tunes with a Calypso feel? Thanks.

majesty - Posted - 05/12/2020:  09:25:25


Calypso songs: Mary Ann, Jamaica Farewell , Yellow Bird.

Foote - Posted - 05/12/2020:  09:26:33


Here's Russ Barenberg's Cowboy Calypso from his 1979 album of the same title.
youtube.com/watch?v=_iy5NoHn6cs
Great album still.

Foote - Posted - 05/12/2020:  09:32:09


Just realized on the youtube link the song is called Halloween Rehearsal. On the original album it's called Cowboy Calypso, the title track. Weird change.

SunnylandBob - Posted - 05/12/2020:  12:14:00


If you'd like to hear some legit calypso with tenor banjo, check out Blind Blake (Alphonso Higgs, not the blues guitarist) & the Royal Victoria Hotel Calypso band. This YouTube link is a classic calypso medley of Hold 'Em, Joe, Wheel and Turn Me and Jump In the Line. An old jazz professor of mine met & heard him in the Bahamas. Great feel and true calypso tenor banjo...


banjobard - Posted - 05/12/2020:  12:20:10


Ok so this is actually a Venezuelan waltz I think but it has the benefit of already being arranged for banjo by the late great Lucas Hicks:
youtube.com/watch?v=gRE8W7nLZt0

You could also listen to anything by Joseph Spence, the iconoclastic Bahamian guitarist. I'd love to hear some of his tunes arranged for banjo. He has such a staccato approach to playing guitar I think it'd work great. There's a DVD on how to play his style by Elijah Wald and some youtube videos available. Bruce Molsky does a great instrumental version of Bimini Gal and Catfish Keith does a nice somewhat simplified version of Brown Skin Gal, both super fun tunes.

Lionel Belasco was a pioneer of Carribean music, and made great recordings that drew upon Calypso as well as classica, early jazz and ragtime influences. His Rosa of Caracas Waltz is a fantastic melody and guitarist Gerald Clarke does some mindbogglingly syncopated counterpoint. Scott Kirby does a beautiful solo piano rendition of that tune as well.

You could also listen to some of the traditional Calypso greats: Growling Tiger, Wilmouth Houdini, Lord Invader, Lord Melody, Atila the Hun.

On the modern side, check out Hell by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, or anything by Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz, and the album Jungle Blues by C.W. Stoneking (in which he plays a tenor banjo!)
youtube.com/watch?v=Jgncwm9cMio

Stu D Baker-Hawk - Posted - 05/12/2020:  14:04:56


How 'bout this one?...  Styx - "As Bad As This" (the Plexiglass Toilet Song)

hobogal - Posted - 05/12/2020:  14:37:16


quote:

Originally posted by banjobard

Ok so this is actually a Venezuelan waltz I think but it has the benefit of already being arranged for banjo by the late great Lucas Hicks:

youtube.com/watch?v=gRE8W7nLZt0



You could also listen to anything by Joseph Spence, the iconoclastic Bahamian guitarist. I'd love to hear some of his tunes arranged for banjo. He has such a staccato approach to playing guitar I think it'd work great. There's a DVD on how to play his style by Elijah Wald and some youtube videos available. Bruce Molsky does a great instrumental version of Bimini Gal and Catfish Keith does a nice somewhat simplified version of Brown Skin Gal, both super fun tunes.



Lionel Belasco was a pioneer of Carribean music, and made great recordings that drew upon Calypso as well as classica, early jazz and ragtime influences. His Rosa of Caracas Waltz is a fantastic melody and guitarist Gerald Clarke does some mindbogglingly syncopated counterpoint. Scott Kirby does a beautiful solo piano rendition of that tune as well.



You could also listen to some of the traditional Calypso greats: Growling Tiger, Wilmouth Houdini, Lord Invader, Lord Melody, Atila the Hun.



On the modern side, check out Hell by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, or anything by Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz, and the album Jungle Blues by C.W. Stoneking (in which he plays a tenor banjo!)

youtube.com/watch?v=Jgncwm9cMio






Great suggestions, thank you so much.  I have downloaded some tunes - currently listening to Lionel Belasco.

hobogal - Posted - 05/12/2020:  14:38:11


quote:

Originally posted by SunnylandBob

If you'd like to hear some legit calypso with tenor banjo, check out Blind Blake (Alphonso Higgs, not the blues guitarist) & the Royal Victoria Hotel Calypso band. This YouTube link is a classic calypso medley of Hold 'Em, Joe, Wheel and Turn Me and Jump In the Line. An old jazz professor of mine met & heard him in the Bahamas. Great feel and true calypso tenor banjo...






Great stuff - thanks

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.078125