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Andantino in G Major

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Ferdinando Carulli

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Size: 2,877kb, uploaded 5/15/2017 9:05:42 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Classical

Andantino in G Major, composed by Ferdinando Carulli and published in 1825. Performed on guitar, banjo and bass banjo. "Classical" parlor guitar based on 19th century design by the La Patrie Guitar Company. Early Banjo based on the Joel Sweeney banjo circa 1840, built by James Hartel. Fretless Bass Banjo by Goldtone

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Angelina Baker

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Stephen Foster

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Size: 5,272kb, uploaded 9/5/2014 10:37:05 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Angelina Baker as written by Stephen Foster. This was a minstrel show tune performed by Christy’s Minstrels. It is always touchy to perform a song whose subject matter deals with slavery. I offer it with the utmost respect and reverence. It is a chapter in the American story. As I interpret it, it is a touching story of an old slave, who, in his younger years fell in love with the beautiful Angelina Baker. At the story’s end she is sold to another plantation and he is left to weep, but taking solace in playing his old jawbone. Note: The jawbone, a popular percussion instrument, was made by drying the jawbone of a donkey. With the flesh gone the teeth rattle when struck with a stick, and the side of the mandible can be rubbed with the stick to produce a kind of snare like sound.

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Arkansas Traveler

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Size: 2,331kb, uploaded 11/13/2010 10:49:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, Arkansas Traveler. Clawhammer banjo, Tenor Banjo, Bass Banjo

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Belle of Lexington

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Size: 5,738kb, uploaded 2/15/2010 11:04:29 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, Melodic Clawhammer, Double-C, Chuck Lee Vintage Ovilla, my own arrangement. I have uploaded a PDF of the tablature. LINK: http://www.banjohangout.org/tab/browse.asp?m=bymember&v=40254

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Belle of Lexington

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Size: 2,776kb, uploaded 9/5/2016 10:54:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)

Early Banjo by James Hartel, Sweeney Model Belle Breezing was born in 1860 and was a nationally known Madam in Lexington, Kentucky. Belle's first job began when she was 19 years old, in a brothel house maintained by Jenny Hill, which had the distinction of being the former residence of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Her final and most elaborate "Gentleman's Club" was located at 153 Megowan Street. Belle also wrote poetry. This tune, named after Belle, was first recorded in 1925 by fiddler Emmett Lundy who was born in Grayson County, Virginia on May 9, 1864

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Big Footed Man in the Sandy Lot

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Size: 4,017kb, uploaded 3/13/2011 6:17:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, Big Footed Man in the Sandy Lot. All Banjos: 5 String, 4 string Soprano, 4 string Baritone, Bass Banjo

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Big Sciota

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Size: 3,397kb, uploaded 2/13/2011 10:46:17 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Tom Berghan: Three banjos - Bass, Baritone and Soprano Banjos with Guitar and Rhythm Stix

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Billy in the Low Land

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Size: 2,865kb, uploaded 6/4/2010 11:20:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Billy in the low land (A&B) Third part: B-section of Billy in the low ground. Four String Banjo. Baritone Tuning. Gold Tone IT-250

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Billy in the Lowground

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Size: 4,099kb, uploaded 10/10/2012 6:18:29 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Tom Berghan banjo (1929 Gibson TB2), Laurence Diehl guitar (Martin)

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Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies

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Size: 5,766kb, uploaded 7/6/2010 6:45:24 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Tom Berghan, Four String GDAE (Gold Tone IT-250) 5 String gDGCD (Chuck Lee, Vintage Ovilla_ Guitar (Sawmill) (Martin DX1)

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Bonaparte's Retreat

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Size: 1,552kb, uploaded 11/23/2009 9:24:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, Based on the song originally by Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys. Recorded November 23, 2009 Fretless Banjo by luthier Jason Romero

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Brigg's Breakdown

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Thomas F. Briggs

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Size: 2,834kb, uploaded 8/8/2016 7:45:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)

From Briggs Banjo Instructor published in 1855. Performed on Early Banjos and a Donkey Jawbone Add Comment

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Cherokee Shuffle

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Size: 2,787kb, uploaded 5/8/2010 8:25:02 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Fretless Banjo with Flat-picked Guitar Banjo by Jason Romero, tuned gDGBD Guitar by Martin, DX1, tuned open G (DGDGBD)

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Church Street Polka

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Size: 393kb, uploaded 4/17/2011 2:30:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Church Street Polka, for the TOTW (Tune of the week) in Clawhammer and Old Time Styles

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Ciaccona, played on the tiorba

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Size: 3,200kb, uploaded 1/4/2010 10:40:53 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Other

Tom Berghan The tiorba is a very old and obscure Italian instrument in the lute family. It has 14 single strings made of gut. It was popular in the 17th century. Like a banjo, the tiorba has a reentrant tuning, and I think it has a sonority somewhat similar to an open back banjo. The piece is a dance called a Ciaccona. It was composed by a famous tiorba player named Johannes Kapsberger. His name is German but he lived and worked in Italy. There is a photo of my tiorba on my home page (Also known as theorbe, or theorbo)

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Circus Jig

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Size: 3,336kb, uploaded 10/11/2016 10:50:51 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)

From Briggs Banjo Instructor 1855

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Clinch Mountain Backstep

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Ralph Stanley

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Size: 6,659kb, uploaded 1/28/2014 1:55:21 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Tom Berghan, 5-string banjo, bass banjo, snare

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Cluck Old Hen goes Rockabilly

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Size: 2,270kb, uploaded 7/4/2011 10:06:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, all instruments

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Coleman's March

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Size: 5,158kb, uploaded 1/30/2010 11:47:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Clawhammer - Banjo: Double C, Guitar: Open C - - Joe Coleman, a shoemaker, was accused of stabbing his wife to death near the town of Slate Fork, Adair County, Kentucky, as recorded in the Burkesville Herald Almanac for 1899. Convicted on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of his sister-in-law who was living with them at the time, Coleman was tried in nearby Cumberland County and sentenced to death. While being driven to the place of execution in a two-wheeled ox cart, Coleman sat on his coffin and played a tune that has come down as "Coleman's March." Coleman protested his innocence to the last. Also attached to the tune is the legend that before Coleman was hanged he offered his fiddle to anyone who could play the tune as well as he, and at least one source identified a Kentucky fiddler named Franz Prewitt as the recipient. Prewitt's descendants remembered him as having been indeed a fine fiddler. The tune dates back to the 18th century British Isles. It is known by various names, one being “Old Hickory” after President Andrew Jackson.

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Come Come Ye Saints

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Size: 10,031kb, uploaded 9/30/2014 4:20:34 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classical

A Mormon Hymn from 1846. Cassie Webster vocal, Tom Berghan banjo, Stephen Stubbs classical guitar, Tekla Cunningham violin, Brandon Vance violin

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