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Bound for the Rio Grande

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Size: 5,597kb, uploaded 5/28/2017 10:28:15 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

FAIR WARNING: Not Bluegrass. Not Old-time. A traditional sea shanty, with some original arranging and lyrics. Recording from my current music project. Despite disagreements in the folk community about where this shanty was used, it's near unanimous that the Rio Grande referred to is not the controversial one between the USA and Mexico, but rather the one in the southernmost part of Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul). That Rio Grande is not strictly a river, but a 24-mile long channel through a sandbar, enabling ships to reach some inland lagoons and several navigable rivers beyond them. The city of Rio Grande is the oldest city in the state, founded in 1737, and is cited as Brazil's second busiest port today. Banjo is my 1924 Vega Style F conversion. Alternating 3-finger (sans picks) and clawhammer. Guitar is a 90s vintage D35. Concertina is a very nice VST plugin by Best Service audioand upright bass is from the Kontakt 5 basic library. Both played on a MIDI keyboard by yers trooly. Most tracks recorded in GarageBand, remixed in Reaper, mastered with Izotope Ozone 7. I have fun doing this and it keeps me mostly out of trouble.

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Posted by MrNatch3L, written by Juan Tizol


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Size: 3,260kb, uploaded 12/30/2006 5:07:30 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

OK folks, this is a bit of History- the band where I got my start in Bluegrass (the term applied loosely to this band). It was a sort of NGR style jam band in the mid-1970s. I wish I could claim the banjo picking here, but I played bass in this outfit. Banjo is the one and only Dr. Tom Adler, Tim Moody on mandolin and fiddle, Dan Vanada on guitar.

We were just a bunch of hippie college kids at the time. This tune was recorded live on radio station WART (yes really!) in Indianapolis Indiana in 1978 when we were featured on their live Bluegrass Hour.

This clip is a partial rendition of the full work intended to demonstrate for BHO members how a 40s big band tune can be adapted to the banjo.


Drunken Sailor

Posted by MrNatch3L, written by Traditional


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Size: 1,900kb, uploaded 1/3/2023 1:19:47 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Classic favorite traditional sea song, arranged with... are you ready... bluegrass instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, upright bass). And with a more folky than gritty traditional vocal arrangement. A must-have for the music collection of every sailor, drunk or sober!

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The D***ed Port Elizabeth Wall

Written/Posted by MrNatch3L


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Size: 5,154kb, uploaded 12/29/2016 1:13:01 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

FAIR WARNING: Some typical sailor language (but nothing close to your average hip-hop radio station!) Original song based on a true story told on Facebook by Gary "Cap'n Fatty" Goodlander, author of "Creative Anchoring" and other books for sailors. I commented that I thought there was a sea shanty in it, but I'm not sure he believed me. Cap'n Fatty has lived aboard sailboats for over 50 years, and he's currently doing his 3rd circumnavigation. This song is about his recent experience in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He wanted to anchor in the harbor but the port authority wouldn't let him because a big coal ship needed more room to turn to dock. The only place to tie up smaller craft without paying off the "land sharks", so he said, is a really rough concrete ("satanic" as he puts it) wall which, combined with big freighters' wash, winds, and tidal swells doesn't bode well for a skipper's topside. This recording is the first time I've tried doing Irish/Celtic style with a flat pick. Banjo is a Nechville Atlas woody 5-string, tuned to double C, capoed up 2 for D. I never intended to do a banjo track, but when I got the tune mixed I realized that it needed one, and so I scrambled to do one.

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Wreck of the Athens Queen

Posted by MrNatch3L, written by Stan Rogers


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Size: 5,398kb, uploaded 2/21/2019 6:32:29 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Cover of a tune from the legendary Canadian maritime folks singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, from his first album titled "Fogarty's Cove". It's an amusing story proving that it's an ill wind that blows no one any good. The recording is a home studio project for an audio production class I'm taking. It's a work in progress. Banjo is a Nechville Atlas openback woody, played in a combination of clawhammer and plectrum styles. It's a texture in the soundscape rather than the main focus, although it does get a short solo. A tot of Napoleon brandy while listening will not do you any harm.

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