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prossignol - Posted - 07/11/2007:  11:00:35


Anyone have any more detailed information on Luke Kellys' playing style for the 5-String. People always seem to describe it as comming from "european minstral tradition" etc. just curious about more detail. maybe the mel bay "celtic 5 string" book.

"...where whiskeys' made out of corn and women don't smell like talcum powder."

Luke - Posted - 07/11/2007:  11:57:32


I'm not technically qualified to comment on the finer points of his banjo playing but I was fortunate enough to watch Luke Kelly on dozens of occasions over the years. At the time I was more interested in his singing and unfortunately didn't take much notice of his playing style.

Since I took up the banjo myself a few years ago I've listened to his recordings and picked out Luke's playing in the background. As far as I can make out, Luke used several styles, for instance in The Rising of the Moon he appears to be playing clawhammer whereas in Dirty Old Town and Night Visiting Song he plays rolls. Then again, if you listen to Raglan Road its different again.

There's a fine video of Luke playing Raglan Road on You Tube if you key in Luke Kelly and scroll through the list.

Its acknowledged that Luke was quite an accomplished payer as well as a magnificent singer.

Cheers,

Luke

prossignol - Posted - 07/11/2007:  17:04:19


thanks for the reply....wow, what a wonderfull opportunity to be able to see Luke Kelly Live. Ive listened to a lot of Dubliners records and Im always amazed by his vocal, still have a hard time picking out the details of the banjo parts...hope someone has some more detail....

"...where whiskeys' made out of corn and women don't smell like talcum powder."

pweller - Posted - 07/12/2007:  11:13:36


I've been listening to old Dubliners records and watching videos of them on YouTube, and it's almost enough to make me trade in my irish tenor for a five-string. I think some of those rolls in songs that we hear is Barney's tenor mixing with Kelly's five-string. The rhythm banjo is almost impossible to pick out in the mix. However, Kelly's technique has befuddled me as well. In videos it seems almost like a frailing/clawhammer type thing.

Cool hand Tom uk - Posted - 07/12/2007:  13:16:54


I play the luke kelly style of banjo,i also have a metal long neck merlin banjo as luke played,after playing 5 string banjo for some years i found kellys banjo rolls very basic but effective and his clawhammer style was the seeger basic strum,which is used mainly on the first 3 strings.I love to play kellys style of banjo as i often play backup banjo.

THE MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MERLIN

mick banjo Mac - Posted - 07/18/2007:  08:28:21


quote:
Originally posted by prossignol

Anyone have any more detailed information on Luke Kellys' playing style for the 5-String. People always seem to describe it as comming from "european minstral tradition" etc. just curious about more detail. maybe the mel bay "celtic 5 string" book.

"...where whiskeys' made out of corn and women don't smell like talcum powder."



mick banjo Mac - Posted - 07/18/2007:  08:48:16



I was lucky enough to be taught the banjo by Luke Kelly. The style is both clahammer (up-picking) & classcial style's. The raglan road backing is a roll.

I have been teaching this (Luke Kelly) style of playing for almost twenty years now.

The first tune I heard Lulke was The Grandfathers Clock. He was a great bajo player

Luke - Posted - 07/18/2007:  16:28:06


Mick,

You're just trying to make us all jealous!

I've notices the up picking style on some of the videos posted on Youtube. Would I be correct in saying that Luke played rolls with and without fingerpicks?

Regards

mick banjo Mac - Posted - 07/18/2007:  18:10:19


Hi all,
Luke used no finger picks at all, just the tips of his fingers. Not the nails, the fleshy part. Some times he used a thumb pick.

Regards
M

prossignol - Posted - 07/23/2007:  14:36:04


wow Mac, thanx so much for the information...and how awesome to get that clarified from a first hand student of Luke Kelly. couldnt have asked for a better response.....cheers!

"...where whiskeys' made out of corn and women don't smell like talcum powder."

Wander - Posted - 07/24/2007:  06:25:55


I have some songs of the Dubliners worked out (tuning, capo, picking style,...) for my students. If you're interested I can e-mail them to you (send me your e-mail adress)

jmesplay - Posted - 07/26/2007:  01:41:19


You've got mail Wander.

Thanks,

Jim

Cool hand Tom uk - Posted - 07/26/2007:  17:20:43


Hello.I sent mail too

Regards Tom

THE MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MERLIN

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