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Erik2021 - Posted - 05/27/2023:  23:57:53

Hello from Paris

(Live version)
(LP version)

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


AndrewD - Posted - 05/28/2023:  01:42:21

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.

Edited by - AndrewD on 05/28/2023 01:59:47

Erik2021 - Posted - 05/28/2023:  03:55:51

Hi Andrew
Many many thanks!
Thé guitar player was Dan Ar Bras.

banjered - Posted - 05/28/2023:  05:52:23

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

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