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A Sea Breeze

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joe Morley

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Size: 1,356kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:15:25 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classic

A maritime medley for Classic style banjo.

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A Sea Breeze

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joe Morley

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Size: 5,326kb, uploaded 3/27/2013 7:13:19 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classic

A medley of sea songs with a banjo twist, this is also one of Morley's trickiest solos to play at speed, in which Old Joe predates Bill Keith's performance of Sailor's Hornpipe by at least 50 years! Nothing new under the sun, eh? The songs/melodies in this solo are: 1 - Intro (Joe Morley) 2 - Tom Bowling (Charles Dibdin) 3 - Rule, Britannia! (Thomas Arne) 4 - Jack's the Lad/Sailor's Hornpipe (Anonymous) 5 - Outro (Joe Morley) Played on my new Clifford Essex Weaver banjo, similar to the one Joe Morley would have played. This style of playing is known as Classic Banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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Ad Astra

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joe Morley

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Size: 1,382kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:16:30 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

One of Joe Morley's finest solos for Classic style banjo.

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Alice, where art thou?

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joseph Ascher

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Size: 10,627kb, uploaded 11/16/2013 7:00:15 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

G-G-Granville, f-fetch your cloth! Though practically forgotten nowadays other than as the intro music for Open All Hours, "Alice, where art thou?", written by Joseph Ascher in 1861, was one of the most popular songs of its time. This typically sentimental ballad of a melancholy man lamenting the departure of a girl taken too soon is one of the quintessential standards of the popular music of the late 19th century. It was, like so many others, overplayed, and it eventually sank into oblivion. This arrangement was one of Alfred A. Farland's most popular numbers along with his variations on My Old Kentucky Home. It is a typical Farland showpiece that displays all of his fancy tricks, from chord tremolo to rapid rolls, arpeggios and runs. He displays a certain Thalberg-esque flair in the first section, which surprisingly develops into a very quiet tremolo part on the inside strings. He alternates regularly between these two registers until reaching a grand finale in which the melody dies out, accompanied by natural harmonics on the 4th string. Like most of his solos, this one has never been recorded before (to my knowledge). My performance is far from doing it justice, but someone had to do it! This style of playing is known as Classic style banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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Andante Op. 31 No 1

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Fernando Sor / Al Jeffery

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Size: 2,555kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:18:24 AM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Classic

A famous guitar piece arranged for Classic style banjo.

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Babochka (Butterfly)

Posted by Mike Moss, written by V. V. Andreyev / E. Grimshaw

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Size: 1,930kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:19:47 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Classic

A Russian favourite by the father of the modern balalaika, V. V. Andreyev, arranged for Classic style banjo by Emile Grimshaw.

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Beat As You Go

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Emile Grimshaw

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Size: 1,559kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:20:49 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

A catchy tune for Classic style banjo written by Emile Grimshaw.

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Bonja Song

Posted by Mike Moss, written by arranged by Alan V Middleton

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Size: 1,620kb, uploaded 5/7/2013 9:13:50 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Classic

The "Bonja Song" is the first piece of printed music ever to mention the banjo. Published in the UK circa 1800, it is earlier than minstrelsy and it confirms that the banjo, or banjo-like instruments, was associated with Africans and their music at the time. This is also confirmed in period artwork, such as the "old plantation" painting. It was marketed as a genuine black folk song, though this is unlikely, as the lyrics are the usual condescending, racist and paternalistic fare of the times, though it is less hateful than many later minstrel songs. The melody, however, falls admirably on the banjo strings, as can be seen in the original piano sheet music. Could it be that the melody was indeed originally played on the banjo? We will never know. This little ditty remains, however, an important part of the musical history of the banjo. This has been arranged for the banjo for the first time by Alan V. Middleton, in his book "Early Minstrel Music for the Five-String Banjo", available from Clifford Essex: http://www.cliffordessex.net/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=148, and printed in both notation and tab. This is not a book about "minstrel banjo", but rather, a compilation of music from the time arranged for Classic style five-string banjo.

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Carry On

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Alfred Kirby

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Size: 1,370kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:21:52 AM
Genre: Ragtime / Playing Style: Classic

A jaunty tune with alternating bass for Classic style banjo by Alfred Kirby.

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Carry On - New Weaver Banjo

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Alfred Kirby

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Size: 5,492kb, uploaded 3/10/2013 10:36:35 AM
Genre: Ragtime / Playing Style: Classic

This is Alfred Kirby's most famous solo and arguably one of his very best, with a great foot-tapping rhythm and a brilliant use of the fourth string, particularly in the trio part. One of the earliest recordings of this solo was cut in the 1920s by Kirby's friend, Ernest Jones, a zither-banjo player of no small skill who produced a brilliant, strident tone with his instrument. I have chosen this solo as the third in a series of recordings to demonstrate the capabilities of my new Weaver. The fourth string produces a fat, round bass that makes a neat contrast with the clear, nasal trebles. This style of playing is known as Classic Banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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Circus Parade

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joe Morley

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Size: 1,619kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:22:48 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

One of Joe Morley's greatest marches for Classic style banjo.

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Cornish Dance No 1 - Cammeyer - New Weaver Banjo

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Alfred D. Cammeyer

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Size: 7,301kb, uploaded 3/8/2013 5:58:07 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Classic

This is an oddball composition by banjo standards -- it's complex, subtle and intriguing. Reminiscing about his late teacher Alfred Cammeyer, Bernard Sheaff wrote: "In this group I regard the "Cornish Dances" already mentioned as the composer's highest achievement - and I think Cammeyer did too. We both played them often - but not publicly, as far as I can remember. Of the "Dances" Cammeyer said more than once, "I know I've gone 'way above their heads this time but, anyway, they don't tread on anybody's toes." - the second part of his remark meaning that this work owed nothing to any other composer." I chose this piece as the first of a series of recordings to showcase the capabilities of my new banjo -- a brand new "Weaver" banjo, made by Garry Silvert for the revived Clifford Essex Company. Based on the Classic banjos by the legendary luthier Alfred Weaver most famously played by the legendary Joe Morley, it has a 12" rim with block construction, made out of English oak and with a Chakte Viga tone ring, a mahogany neck and an ebony fingerboard. Strung with heavy nylon strings it is an absolute cannon with a crack like a whip, but it can also be subtle, quiet and extremely musical, with an almost zither-banjo like voice, when called for. This style of playing is known as Classic Banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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Cornish Dance No. 1

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Alfred Cammeyer

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Size: 1,747kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:24:12 AM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Classic

One of Alfred Cammeyer's best solos, according to his pupil, the late Bernard Sheaff.

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Desert Trail

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joe Morley

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Size: 1,232kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:25:09 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

An exotic piece by Joe Morley for Classic style banjo.

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Down Devon Way

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Alfred D. Cammeyer

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Size: 7,008kb, uploaded 1/24/2013 7:39:20 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Classic

This is my second experiment with the new mic. Previously, I always recorded myself playing with the piano part in the background whenever I played a piece w/ the piano part; this time I have recorded the banjo part with the new mic and added the piano part afterwards. So here's a nice piece in Cammeyer's more lyrical style; like much of his output, it's a beautiful tune bordering on treacle, but the schmaltz is more than amply redeemed by its virtues as a composition, with unusual harmonies that never fail to make me feel nostalgic and homesick. As far as I know, this solo has only ever been recorded by D. Lillywhite (perhaps by Cammeyer and Sheaff as a duet?). As much as I enjoy Lillywhite's version, I found it a bit too slow (4 and a half minutes for a one-page solo) so I made my version a bit more lively and slightly less sugary. This style of playing is known as Classic Banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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El Certámen de Jaén (arranged for two banjos and one cello-banjo)

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Lorenzo Suárez

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Size: 6,529kb, uploaded 5/9/2013 8:40:51 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classic

So I was researching on early fretted instrument ensemble traditions in the late 19th century and I stumbled upon this little gem. This obscure piece of music, written as a piano reduction to be arranged for ensembles (presumably marching bands) is a delightful march in the Spanish style written by a music teacher and businessman who worked in Jaén, Spain, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The title seems to indicate that he organised some sort of musical pageant or contest in his hometown, though I have not found any further information on this subject. He was apparently a representative of Heinrich Zimmermann of Leipzig, one of the foremost German musical instrument makers at the time. When I saw the score I felt it would make a great ensemble piece for banjos, so I arranged it for one first banjo, one second banjo and one cello banjo. The piece is surprisingly effective, with a nice exotic sound, and my arrangement only requires knowledge of a few easy chords in the keys of G and C. I would like to dedicate this performance and arrangement to the under-appreciated banjo legend, Alan V. Middleton, and to his Spanish alter-ego "Alonso Medio", the pen name under which he published a number of books and music for the guitar. This style of playing is known as Classic style banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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Freckles

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Joe Morley

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Size: 1,328kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 9:26:14 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

A catchy lilt by Joe Morley for Classic style banjo. It was probably named after a racehorse, as Joe was notoriously fond of the nags.

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Galop de Concert - Nassau Kennedy

Posted by Mike Moss, written by AH Nassau Kenney

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Size: 4,346kb, uploaded 7/14/2013 8:41:50 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Classic

The galop (not gallop) was a lively society dance in 2/4 time which was particularly popular during the second half of the 19th century; the Post Horn Galop, by Herman Koenig, is probably the most famous example of this dance. This one lacks a title; the "de concert" part was often added to dance forms (polkas, waltzes, etc.) meaning that the compositions were not actually meant to be danced to. It was written by a prolific composer and teacher for the banjo, A.H. Nassau Kennedy, born in Peterborough, Ontario, who came to England in 1894 and returned to his native Canada in 1924. He is probably best known nowadays for his "Colorado Buck Dance" which is featured as an introductory piece for the Classic Banjo style in "Banjo for Dummies" by Bill Evans.

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Halloween Special -- Skeleton Dance (Banjo duet)

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Norton Greenop

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Size: 6,443kb, uploaded 10/30/2013 5:50:36 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

Captain Bones rattles out one of his favourite tunes on the bonejo, written by Norton Greenop over a century ago, as a duet with the famous French player, Eric Squelettelli. The composition is rib-tickling and humerus, and it was quite hip back in the day. This style of playing is known as Classic banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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Hava Nagila (Arranged for Classic style banjo by Mike Moss)

Written/Posted by Mike Moss

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Size: 1,999kb, uploaded 4/16/2013 12:12:13 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classic

Here's an arrangement I've made of this celebrated Jewish folk song for Classic style banjo. It is a bit of an unusual arrangement as it integrates as much of the bass line as the banjo's tuning allows for. This makes it a bit of a finger twister but the complete solo effect is also very rewarding. The illustration for the video is a statuette found in ancient Israel which depicts someone playing what looks like an early gourd banjo-like instrument. Here is a link to the sheet music for my arrangement: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?4yy0zebaf8zz3yn This style is known as Classic style banjo, for more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/

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