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New folk recording featuring long neck banjo

From jbakervt on 12/10/2023 1:30:46 PM


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10,000 Miles Away 

Jason Baker

10,000 Miles Away is a set of traditional songs accompanied by long-neck banjo (with one song with original lyrics set to a folk tune, “Red River Valley”).

"10,000 Miles Away" is a fun recording of old favorites, and also a document of the results of a year-long apprenticeship with Rik Palieri learning the Pete Seeger style of long-neck banjo playing.

The apprenticeship took place from September 2022 to September 2023. Thanks Rik for a wonderful experience!

Many Thanks to Vermont Folklife for selecting us to be a part of the 2022-2023 cohort!

The entire EP was recorded in my home with the Gold Tone AC-1LN: Long Neck Acoustic Composite 5-String Openback Banjo. Thanks to Gold Tone for making a professional sounding instrument that is affordable!

"10,000 Miles Away" (3:03) 

Ten Thousand Miles Away is a sea shanty and bush ballad, originally a shore ballad sung by street singers in Ireland in the early nineteenth century. Later it became a popular music hall number. 

I want to thank Heidi Slaney for pointing me in the direction of the Dan Milner version on his Smithsonian Folkways album Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea. Dan recently passed away, and it’s a tremendous loss, so I dedicate this song to Dan Milner.

“Old Rosin The Beau” (2:52)

I was inspired to record this song by the New Audiences for Old Songs project.

'The “New Audiences for Old Songs” project aims to expand awareness for – and enjoyment of – a rare and important collection of folk songs and traditional ballads from the Adirondack region of New York State; the kind of “self-made” music sung by everyday people and passed down through the generations in earlier days. 

Musician and teaching artist Dave Ruch is working throughout 2023 with Colleen Cleveland to introduce this “heritage” music to musicians in widely varied genres.'

I listened through the archive and decided to record "Old Rosin the Beau" using the lyrics and key Sara Cleveland used.

I want to thank Dave Ruch Music and Colleen Cleveland. It's a wonderful idea.

“The Leatherwing Bat” (2:37)

"The Leather-Winged Bat" is an English folk song about a collection of flying animals, mostly birds, except for the title character who begins the list. This version’s cast members are the bat, robin, blackbird, owl and turtle dove. Each has something to say about love and courtship.

Again I want to thank Heidi Slaney for suggesting this song! 

“Deep Elm Blues” (3:06)

“Deep Elm Blues” is an American traditional song.

The title of the tune refers to the historical African-American neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas called Deep Elm, later pronounced Deep Elem or Deep Ellum, coming from the area's principal thoroughfare, Elm Street.

The song warns of the area being a den of vice and corruption, where you can lose your money and your virtue all at once. 

“Ally (The Ballad Of Lauri Carlton)” (2:28)

On August 18, 2023, Laura Ann "Lauri" Carleton was murdered for refusing to remove a pride flag from outside the clothing store that she owned in Cedar Glen, California, 

Lauri gave her life for her beliefs in equal rights and free speech. I consider her a true American hero. I feel it is important to not forget her sacrifice or her name.

I chose the tune from “Red River Valley” as a song about remembrance, and also a “western” themed song. 

My heartfelt condolences go to her family, friends and community. I hope this song provides some modest measure of comfort.


Thank you to Rik Palieri, Mary Wesley, Vermont Folklife, Dave Ruchs, Colleen Carpenter, Heidi Slaney, and David Tanner and Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone Music Group.

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