Posted by tfaux on Sunday, August 11, 2013
The banjo seems inseparable from its strange history, cemented to our ideas about the slave life, minstrel shows, hillbillies, folk revivalists and American regional identity. These powerful associations maintain our memories and inform us as musicians, and 21st century banjo players have access to plenty of extraordinary southern American traditional dance music. But we are also surrounded by a much wider variety of music from all over. The world’s music is a rich, non-stop, never sleeping conversation and with that in mind, I would like to offer a series of tunes to BHO members from various traditions beyond the borders of old time music. The tunes in the upcoming series were chosen because each one falls under the clawhammer player’s fingers easily, and because they all sound fantastic on five-string banjo. Naturally, they are meant to be a launch pad from which to create a personalized version. Stay tuned...
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'Texas (aka Newcastle).' 2 hrs
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