I guess that very few of you know this song ; the banjo player is Gabriel Yacoub who founded the famous vocal group Malicorne. Here he is siding Alan Stivell, the one that launched celtic rock in the 70s in Europe. I know that banjo is very hard to hear and see in the video still I absolutely want to learn this cover. The song is somewhere between A minor (LP) and Bflat minor (live) . I suppose that Gabriel raised the 5th string, I am not sure if he uses a capo. Also he seems to play a two-finger style. Basically I would like to be certain of the tuning . Ideally , if someone understands what he's doing I would very much appreciate a few tabbed measures of verse and chorus . Take care
I saw Stivell do this live many years ago and loved it. The start is 'Shady Grove' in basic downpicking (clawhammer/frailing) and mountain minor (gDGCD) tuned or capoed up 2 or 3 steps (including the 5th). If you're into folk-rock you may also recognise the tune from 'Matty Groves' by Fairport Convention.
... Just looked at the live version. This is using 2 finger (thumb lead ?). I prefer the recorded version. I seem to remember the banjo player when I saw them (1979 ish) was Dan something.
Seems like Shady Grove morphs into "What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor" melody. Or not, your call. Fairly basic, second song I learned on the banjo but clawhammer style which I think sounds better for this song even though I can do a little two-finger. banjered