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Blackberry Blossom

Posted by DantheBanjoMan, written by Michelle Shocked (lyrics)

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Size: 6,260kb, uploaded 8/3/2010 10:20:20 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

This is the long-awaited version with my friend Jess singing the vocal part. The lyrics, BTW, are by Michelle Shocked. I've atually exchanged a few emails with her and it was pretty exciting to converse (albeit by email) with the author of such a brilliant work.

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Blackberry Blossom Old Version

Posted by DantheBanjoMan, written by Michelle Shocked

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Size: 6,268kb, uploaded 8/13/2010 10:39:57 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

This is an early version of the same song with the original vocal part, which only supposed to be temporary until Jess could record her version, but Robes convinced me to post it.

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Hangman

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Size: 6,038kb, uploaded 8/1/2010 1:42:37 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Other

Wildwood Folk playing a traditional tune from our first album. That's Gary on guitar and vocals, Katie and Lauren singing the female vocals and adding percussion, and me playing banjo and singing a little bit. The banjo is a Gibson RB 100 played without picks.

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I'm My Own Grandpaw

Posted by DantheBanjoMan, written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe

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Size: 5,707kb, uploaded 3/9/2011 1:30:56 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Longtime friend Dave Parker does the guitar, vocal, and harmonica parts on this recording, and I just sort of fill in with a little banjo. Dave and I hadn't ever played it together, and it had been thirty years since I heard him perform it, but we did this with only one run through before the actual recording.

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Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

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Size: 1,803kb, uploaded 8/2/2010 4:14:06 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Other

This is an old hymn that my father and his shipmates used to sing during World War II. This is one of the few songs where I actually sing lead, although my group rarely performs it.

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Mic Test--Freight Train

Posted by DantheBanjoMan, written by Elizabeth Cotten

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Size: 3,038kb, uploaded 6/14/2013 4:09:23 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

I am posting this as a resource for people who want to check out gear, mostly so folks can get an idea what kind of results to expect from the MXL 990 mic.. This was recorded with an MXL 990 on a KORG D888 digital recorder. BTW, I am no way responsible for the excellent music. My friend George is the instrumentalist, and I am just the guy who recorded it.

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Molly Malone

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Size: 5,375kb, uploaded 8/15/2011 1:21:25 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

I'm posting this for a friend who is working on this song so we can play it together the next time he visits. It's just me noodling around with Christina.

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The Fields of Athenry

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Size: 7,742kb, uploaded 8/1/2010 2:06:46 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Other

Another old Irish song. Gary is again playing guitar and singing, D.d. is providing the outstanding female vocal part, and I'm playing a banjola (five string banjo neck on mandola-body). The banjola kind of blends in with the guitar and is hard to hear, but it's the brighter, ringing sound.

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The Fox

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Size: 4,612kb, uploaded 8/3/2013 10:30:06 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

This is my friend D.d. and her rendition of a great old folk song. We recorded the guitar and vocal in about ten minutes on our way to a gig, and I added the banjo later. This is a simpler, cleaner remix of something I had previously posted.

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Waltzing Matilda

Posted by DantheBanjoMan, written by Banjo Paterson

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Size: 5,726kb, uploaded 8/6/2014 1:59:33 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

One of my favorite songs. Played on my Epiphone parts banjo, bare fingers.

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Waltzing Matilda Remix

Posted by DantheBanjoMan, written by Banjo Paterson

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Size: 5,726kb, uploaded 8/6/2014 8:03:04 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Torben Pederson suggested that the banjo part should be louder, so I did a remix. I am leaving the old version up so my online friends can compare. Torben, thanks for the advice! Incidentally, the banjo is recorded on two tracks. I record the verses on one track and the choruses on another, which makes it easier to redo one section if something goes awry. Operating the recorder and playing the banjo at the same time is tricky, and this gives me a few seconds to switch gears.

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Wild Rover

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Size: 4,227kb, uploaded 7/25/2009 1:19:17 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

Old Time Irish Song. Wildwood Folk (Jess, D.d., Gary,and me) performing a song that we do at just about every gig. Lead vocals by Gary. This was played on an inexpensive Morgan Monroe banjo (resonator model with brass tone ring). I was wearing picks, but I muted the sound by stuffing the pot with rags.

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X Pickup Test

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Size: 1,574kb, uploaded 12/11/2010 4:34:24 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This test is a side-by-side comparison of the Fishman banjo pickup versus the Gold Tone ABS. I hooked both up to the same banjo and recorded at the same time on a Korg digital recorder. The Fishman in in the right channel and the Gold Tone is in the left. The banjo is an Epiphone MB 250 played with bare fingers (no picks). I used the Gone Tone Pre Amp with the volume and all 3 EQ channels boosted to the max. The Fishman has been installed in this banjo for over a year and had been carefully tweaked to produce a tone that is very close to the original banjo. The wiring in my house produces a hum (you can really hear it on the Fishman) which is not typical of most of the venues we play, so this is a worst case scenario.

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X Backward Roll Lick

Written/Posted by DantheBanjoMan

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Size: 224kb, uploaded 10/16/2011 1:09:25 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

This is the type of thing I'm trying to do with the Backward Roll.

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X Folk Strum

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Size: 930kb, uploaded 12/21/2013 11:09:05 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Exercises and Licks

I really don't know what to call this, maybe a modified Seeger strum, but whatever it is, it's kind of what I'm going for, except that I would like to go further in this direction and I'm not sure how to make that happen. I recorded this with bare fingers on an Epiphone MB 250, key of Bb (G formation, capo at the third fret).

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X RB 100 Test

Written/Posted by DantheBanjoMan

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Size: 522kb, uploaded 9/16/2013 7:56:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Just a couple of licks played on my RB 100 so folks can get an idea how this banjo sounds. Five Star Head, really tight, thinned bridge (I think it's a Grover).

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