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Dave Hum's Bluegrass and Celtic CDs

Posted by MattMahan on Saturday, September 12, 2015

Two brilliant CDs have just been put out by the master of banjo in so many styles, Dave Hum.

I didn't even know Dave Hum existed until about a year ago when a friend of mine sent me a youtube of him playing "The Old Spinning Wheel" so I could learn it to play with him. I was pleasantly surprised at his ablity, taste and technique and began listening to the many youtubes of him on line. Many of them were of him busking on the streets of Salisbury UK.

For many years I had entertaining the idea of incorporating the celtic style into my five string playing but found it to be quite challenging, requiring a lot of single string picking instead of the rolls that are the foundation for most banjo players. There isn't a lot of material out there. But i Found hat among other styles, Dave Hum had the celtic style nailed! If you are into celtic music and especially if you are into banjo, you owe it to yourself to listen to his fine repertoire of celtic music, so masterfully done. I am quite impressed.

When I "discovered" Dave I was saddened to know that he had died just a couple of years earlier. I found that this man dedicated his life tirelessly to promoting and mastering this great instrument. He died doing what he loved, even with his right hand curling up and having to re-learn how to pick with the handicap associated with his infirmities. He was always out on the streets playing, cheering up people, and always had a smile and a song.

Many of us will miss Dave.

You can help keep his music alive by supporting him. His two CDs can be purchased for about $10 each. By doing so, you can help support his family who have lovingly supported him over the years.

Here is the content of the first CD:

1 - Cluck Old Hen
2 - The Traveller
3 - Cold Frosty Morning
4 - Behind the Haystack / Setting Sun
5 - Shenandoah Valley Breakdown
6 - Temperance Reel
7 - Hunter's Purse
8 - Blackjack
9 - Growling Old Man
10 - Merry Blacksmith
11 - Southern Flavour
12 - Reuben's Train
13 - Tam Lin
14 - Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife
15 - Nashville Blues
16 - Monaghan's Jig
17 - Jerusalem Ridge
18 - My Grandfather's Clock
19 - Waiting for the Federals
20 - Earl's Breakdown
21 - Whisnant's Rag

Just go to


2 comments on “Dave Hum's Bluegrass and Celtic CDs”

pickn5 Says:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @5:00:59 AM

Yes sir, he was and is an inspiration to me. You have to love those busking videos.

Bill Davies Says:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @6:30:47 AM

Dave had over a hundred tunes in his head at any one time and he told me how he would have to play them in a sequence so that he could remember them all. Bill, a fried of Dave.

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