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Alabama Jubilee

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Size: 940kb, uploaded 10/31/2007 12:31:31 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

Plectrum style on my open back Vega Longneck w/skin head!

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Coal Creek March

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Size: 813kb, uploaded 5/14/2007 7:44:57 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Other

Just plain old 2-fingered style, "borrowed" from Pete Seeger's tab in "How To Play The Five String Banjo", to which I believe he credits Pete Steele as his inspiration for the arrangement of this tune.

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Coast of California

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Size: 1,401kb, uploaded 9/11/2007 10:59:25 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Also known as "Si mi quieres escribir"

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God Bless America

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Size: 1,197kb, uploaded 4/18/2007 9:09:47 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Other

I just re-did this, but my version doesn't come close to Pastor Harry's very moving rendition of this beautiful tune. You need to go to his website, www.kidspot.org/pastorharry/ to hear it. It's worth the trouble.

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Heartaches

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Size: 1,049kb, uploaded 4/29/2007 1:32:23 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

My third attempt in 4 months at this great old classic from the 20's. Someday I'll get it right! I was inspired to learn this tune after hearing Don Van Palta's version.

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Lorena

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Size: 1,046kb, uploaded 3/8/2008 4:29:04 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

A hauntingly beautiful old Civil War song, plectrum style.

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My Creole Belle

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Size: 1,625kb, uploaded 4/15/2007 10:57:14 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

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The Darby Ram

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Size: 2,388kb, uploaded 2/4/2008 11:27:34 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

My version of the recording by Billy Faier of this old English folk song.

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The Er-i-e Canal

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Size: 2,038kb, uploaded 8/27/2007 9:45:12 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

One version of any number of songs written about the Erie Canal, an early 19th century engineering feat that enabled New York to become the "Empire State." I drew from Bob Gibson's version of this great old folk song.

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The Escape of Old John Webb

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Size: 2,222kb, uploaded 7/26/2013 5:32:25 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One of my top two or three all-time Kingston Trio tunes

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The Shoals of Herring

Posted by mainejohn, written by Ewan MacColl

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Size: 1,737kb, uploaded 4/3/2011 2:48:41 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

A haunting song of the sea, recorded not only by MacColl, but also by The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, and Middle Tickle, among others. As much as I love the lyrics, I spare the listeners of my singing, and just play it on my Vega Tubaphone, plectrum style.

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Waltzing Matilda

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Size: 574kb, uploaded 12/23/2007 1:45:52 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

To our Aussie friends, especially HO member Paul Smythe, who bought a rim of mine and turned it into a beautiful fretless!

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World Is Waiting for the Sunrise

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Size: 1,354kb, uploaded 1/30/2008 8:56:26 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Other

An old plectrum classic

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