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Apples Ad Nauseum

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Size: 3,802kb, uploaded 3/29/2012 8:21:02 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Allowing myself to get all jazzy and crazy with June Apple, taking it wherever I want to go. Yes, it's over the top. Yes, it's sloppy. Hopefully it's also sort of fun and different and enjoyable in some fashion.

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Arkansas Traveler (iPad)

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Size: 1,380kb, uploaded 10/25/2011 8:35:20 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

just a quick recording of Arkansas Traveler recorded directly on my iPad using the built-in mic and the Garage Band app. The tune is being played on my Will Fielding Catamount, tuned fCFCD.

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Big Footed Man in the Sandy Lot (Solo)

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Size: 2,226kb, uploaded 7/26/2009 11:32:18 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here is just the open tuned version. I'm playing a Fielding custom Whyte Laydie banjo, tuned dCDGD.

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Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

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Size: 918kb, uploaded 2/28/2011 8:02:11 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

a recording from 2006 or so... if I recall correctly it is a Lee custom banjo with Whyte Laydie tone ring/bracket band, tuned to double-D, and a Bourgeois Banjo Killer slope shouldered dreadnaught, both played by me.

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Campell's Farewell to Redgap

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Size: 3,230kb, uploaded 11/1/2006 4:12:10 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Just one I recorded some time back and never shared. Tuned to A modal

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Cluck Old Hen (Cluck You)

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Size: 2,230kb, uploaded 8/20/2009 5:42:48 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

older recording, was messing around with keys and tunings to use. I think this is f#DACD.

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Cluck Old Hen (Just another Cluck)

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Size: 1,912kb, uploaded 8/20/2009 5:45:44 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

just another older recording of me goofing off with C.o.H. in different tunings. This one, if I'm not much mistaken, is in eBEBD.

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Couch Day

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Size: 911kb, uploaded 2/12/2011 8:47:51 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

an original tune I recorded years ago. I wish I still new how to play it...!

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Cripple Creek

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Size: 1,365kb, uploaded 2/12/2011 8:49:31 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

an older recording of me playing (and, yikes, singing) this chestnut with my Thornburg gourd banjo, somewhere way south of G.

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Cuckoo's Nest

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Size: 2,048kb, uploaded 7/4/2007 7:38:21 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Very much a work in process, this is one of my favorite tunes. I had heard it played, but the version I learned it from was actually titled Good Axe Elve, and was performed by Brad Leftwich. I'm playing a custom Ramsey Electric tuned to double D.

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Cuckoo's Nest [Tom and Mark]

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Size: 2,081kb, uploaded 4/10/2011 3:53:37 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

a duet [?] of sorts with Tom Berghan and Mark Johnson. All kinds of things going on, mostly Mark on clawhammer and uke, Tom on tenor and guitar. We threw in the kitchen sink. Key of D.

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Ducks on the Pond

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Size: 2,967kb, uploaded 3/7/2013 10:28:48 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's my take on this classic from the fiddling of Henry Reed. I'm playing it in the key of G (G modal tuning) on my Lee Tubaphone, and accompanying myself with a guitar. I'm also using this recording to help me launch my new website dropthumb.com. I'd love it if you stopped by the site sometime for a visit.

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Flannery's Dream

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Size: 2,995kb, uploaded 1/8/2013 7:58:21 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

a quick version of Flannery's Dream in A, played on a Cedar Mountain D model banjo. This version pairs a bit of John Hartford's A part with Santford Kelly's B part, though I'm not sure I ever get that B part right, or if Santford ever played it the same way twice.

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Flying Cloud Cotillion

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Size: 2,096kb, uploaded 11/1/2006 4:17:11 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

I have no idea where I learned this, wish I did and could thank whoever taught it to me. Tuned to A.

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Greasy Coat

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Size: 3,001kb, uploaded 5/6/2011 7:49:31 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

just a version of this song I cooked up. me on a Lee Tubaphone tuned south to F or F# modal, guitar to match (also me).

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Hats

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Size: 2,703kb, uploaded 2/19/2013 9:13:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An original composition named after the Hangout's own Paul Roberts. He once posted an inspiring story about having young students take instruments and go off on their own to try to make music with them (as opposed to starting by having them learn the "right" way to do it). I sympathize with this approach and was moved by the story. I can't honestly claim to compose these tunes about a topic, but I can at least name them in honor of things that seem fitting. So this one is named "Hats" in honor of Paul (he has awesome hats). Recorded on a Fielding custom made Whyte Laydie tone ringed banjo, tuned something like open D.

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Hull's Victory

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Size: 2,842kb, uploaded 2/9/2012 7:33:39 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My arrangement of this lovely New England tune, played on a Cedar Mountain D model banjo, tuned aFACF (f#DF#AD capo 3) to put it in its correct key. I'm accompanied by myself on uke.

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Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

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Size: 3,194kb, uploaded 9/21/2011 7:01:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

banjo duet with me on a low-tuned Fielding Catamount with nylgut strings, and me on high-capoed Lee Tubaphone with steel strings. both in modal tuning, can't remember the exact key/pitch as I type this.

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junE applE

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Size: 2,771kb, uploaded 3/29/2012 8:18:05 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

playing June Apple in the key of E (double C capo 4) on my Cedar Mountain banjo. accompanied by myself on uke and guitar, and Chloe on the cat sneeze if you have good ears.

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Kitchen Girl

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Size: 2,308kb, uploaded 11/18/2007 6:50:22 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Somewhere south of G, just goofing off with this tune on my just acquired Tubaphone with Ramsey neck.

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