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Great comments at a Jam

Posted by vega long neck on Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I was playing with some friends in the Breezeway of the Blue Ridge Music Center Sunday afternoon and was delighted with some of the comments between two other banjo players. The discussion started with someone saying that the Newport Folk Festivals 1963 to 1966 (?) were being run on PBS and had {the other fellow} seen them. The conversation continued awhile, between tunes, and the one remarked that Pete Seeger was on several times and "....never thought he was much of him as a (clawhammer) player, I just thought he played the other stuff... his style... but man was he playing those clawhammer tunes!" The other fellow agreed and they talked a bit about how amazed they were with Pete's clawhammer ability.

I had a few personal, semi-silent laughs about their revelation as I flashed back through all the elitist remarks one usually hears about "up-picking" , "Seeger picking", etc as opposed to proper clawhammer.

It was GREAT!!! 

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