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Three Banjos

Posted by clawhammertim on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I know, I know.  One banjo is bad enough.  But three???

On the second Thursday of every month there's an old time jam at my music school, Minuteman Music Center, in Lexington. (half-hour from Boston).  It's open to anyone who wants to come and I never know who's going to show. 

This month I was overjoyed to have Ed Britt and Don Borchelt walk in.  These guys have played a lot of double banjo stuff together. I think that the first time we really played together was sitting under Jon Gersh's canopy at the Harry Smith Frolic in Greenfield this past summer.

Well, we shared an enjoyable couple hours of music with a small handful of other musicians and at about 10pm everybody packed up and trundled off to their respective homes.  Well, almost everybody.

Don and Ed had some more pickin' left in them, so we played on and I pulled out my handy Zoom H2 recorder. Here are the first couple of tunes.

Chilly Winds and Greasy Coat can both be found on my music page.  If you've gone this far, be sure to find both Ed and Don's music pages- there's a ton of artfully executed and joyful music showing clearly what can happen when two old friends carry on a musical conversation. Sometimes when you show up, good stuff happens and I was lucky to be there.



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