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"Funky Butt" on an Ome Juniper Guitar-Banjo

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Size: 230kb, uploaded 2/15/2015 6:10:58 AM
Genre: Ragtime / Playing Style: Other

A Mississippi John Hurt song done as a short instrumental demo. The banjo was custom-ordered for a customer, and I thought it sounded cool, so I recorded it before shipping it along.

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Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

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Size: 2,236kb, uploaded 4/24/2012 2:43:00 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the recording that I made for Craig Evans's interview of Mike Ramsey for his "Conversations with North American Banjo Builders" DVD. Some very kind and flattering things were said about it here on BHO ( http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/234384 ), which made me realize I had never done anything with it. So... I am posting it here now. It was played on my Ramsey Fairbanks Electric (the prototype for the model) in aCGCD capoed 2 to become aDADE.

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Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

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Size: 317kb, uploaded 11/14/2006 11:48:44 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I re-encoded this, as it was playing very slowly here on BHO. I was paying around with some chord substitutions in the B part, and this is what came out.

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Cumberland Gap

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Size: 290kb, uploaded 3/11/2008 12:43:26 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A 3-part version played here on an Enoch Cherry Tradesman that was half fretted, i.e., fretless to the 5th fret, and then fretted up to the scoop.

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Duck's Eyeball

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Size: 288kb, uploaded 11/14/2006 12:23:47 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A tune I learned from A.C. Overton. This same recording played way too slowly when I first uploaded it to BHO. This is the right speed!

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Durang's Hornpipe

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Size: 366kb, uploaded 12/30/2006 12:21:42 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A quicky added to demo hornpipe rhythm

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Eighth of January

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Size: 457kb, uploaded 1/8/2014 4:15:24 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A recording I did on 9 January (my calendar runs slow...) 2007. Nothing special, just another version of an old tune. Open C tuning (gCGCE).

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Georgia Railroad

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Size: 623kb, uploaded 3/7/2012 5:09:08 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a used Gold Tone EBT, an electric banjo with a solid, Telecaster-style body, and thought that something like this needs an old-time, clawhammer tune played acoustically on it! Capoed to aEAC#E. August 2004.

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Georgia Railroad

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Size: 276kb, uploaded 3/11/2008 12:44:42 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded on a fretless Enoch walnut Tradesman as a store demo.

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Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine

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Size: 588kb, uploaded 7/8/2013 8:42:52 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded in 2004 on a then-new-model Deering Senator in aCGCD capoed two frets to become aDADE.

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Greensleeves

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Size: 512kb, uploaded 12/15/2006 3:03:04 PM
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3/4 to 4/4 switch. Tuned aDGCD, and I played the tune in Bm on my Ramsey Woody prototype. I think. January 2004.

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Jingle Bells

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Size: 291kb, uploaded 11/14/2006 12:27:26 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The same recording was playing way slowly when uploaded here, so here it is at real speed!

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Julie Ann Johnson

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Size: 286kb, uploaded 10/29/2006 9:44:32 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded on an a 1926 Vega Style N tenor to which someone added a 5th string! It has a really soggy skin head, and real cheapie bridge. But I like the short scale and dead sound.

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Lark in the Morning/Rakish Paddy

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Size: 751kb, uploaded 1/15/2016 1:16:21 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I started playing these tunes together sometime in the late 1970s when the fiddler in our band learned them as part of a 4-part medley from a Fairport Convention album she had. I used to accompany her on guitar when she played the medley, and after I got the tunes stuck in my head, I decided that they were playable on banjo. These have become a couple of my all-time favorite tunes to play. They're done here on my Ramsey Fairbanks Electric, capoed to aDADE. June 2004

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Little Billy Wilson

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Size: 1,101kb, uploaded 8/5/2015 11:56:14 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Another recording I had forgotten about (I gotta start searching through my website more often)! Recorded on my 1908 Fairbanks Imperial Electric No. 0 10-13/16" open back banjo with Renaissance head and Moon bridge, capoed to aEAC#E. It was a slow afternoon, and I was feeling lazy, so I recorded this for fun at a rather leisurely pace. And, *ahem* it sure made those triplets a whole lot easier, of course :-) June 2003

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Lost Indian

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Size: 850kb, uploaded 7/14/2008 6:59:44 AM
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Played as a demo of an Ome Bright Angel Silver Spun in aDADE.

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Magpie

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Size: 375kb, uploaded 8/13/2008 5:45:24 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I learned this from the fiddler in our band in the 1970s, and promptly forgot the tune entirely. Believe it or not, about 30 years later I found myself whistling this tune while I was driving, and said: "Wow! I think I just remembered Magpie!". Well, I checked it out, and I had... Anyway, I played it here on my old stand-by Ramsey prototype Fairbanks Electric. I'm tuned capoed to double D (aDADE), but playing in G. Sep 2006.

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Martha Campbell

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Size: 561kb, uploaded 11/14/2006 11:54:52 AM
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Another that played at 2/3 speed here for some reason, so I have re-encoded it. Recorded in January 2005 on a gourd banjo that Jeff Menzies built I just tuned it to sound good--came out something near gbBGbBDb.

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Nancy

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Size: 585kb, uploaded 7/18/2008 1:58:23 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a blue custom Ome Jubilee, which can be seen at http://zeppmusic.com/Ome/Blubilee/blubilee.htm Tuned aDADE

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Old Molly Hare

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Size: 420kb, uploaded 7/19/2010 10:45:37 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a Richard Brown Mesquite Banjos Texas Troubadour 11-inch. aCGCD capoed to aDADE. This is the sound track to the short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92xzivWOP3w

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