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Circle

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Size: 638kb, uploaded 1/17/2008 5:00:40 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Just an old trad tune...

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Homemade Mozart

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Size: 1,349kb, uploaded 7/8/2008 1:27:21 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Ingredients: Martin OM35, Gibson RB250 with Keith tuners, Audacity software, laptop speakers and Skype mike. Mix with two portions of Mozart to make up a fiddle tune (parts A & B)

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Mary McEuen

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Size: 2,052kb, uploaded 12/30/2009 8:37:25 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Updated version of a tune I wrote in G minor, dedicated to John McEuen who gave us Dismal Swamp and recorded here by our band, Blacksmith (Neil Harvey on guitar and Stef Malherbe on bass). I love minor-key stuff like Nashville Blues, too. Why "Mary"? Ask Hugh (Nosferatu).

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Oldie 1: Classical Medley

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Size: 10,152kb, uploaded 12/29/2009 11:00:17 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Found some old live recordings on a 1981 cassette which someone must have taken when I was playing a gig with Steve Newman and Stef Malherbe, on bass. Steve is a great guitar player and this one is typical of his inventiveness. He used to love putting together medleys of tunes - this one of Grieg, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rodrigo. Nice clean guitar, but the banjo not quite so clean :)

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Oldie 2: Duelling Zorbas

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Size: 6,312kb, uploaded 12/29/2009 10:46:47 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Another one from the 1981 tape. Please excuse the quality and fluffed notes, but it was taken from a really old cassette and live is live, what can I say. I also found an old pic of this lineup (The Biscuit Raiders) with Steve and Stef - uploaded it to the photo album section.

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Oldie 3: Turkey Round

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Size: 6,924kb, uploaded 12/29/2009 11:17:41 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

(Rondo alla Turca, last movement of his Piano Sonata No. 11) - another rediscovery from 1981. I couldn't play this one now even if I tried secretly at home, never mind live. I hear a few more fluffs and bum notes. Too bad. I'd like to try this once more. Needs a 4th member - mandolin player or fiddler. Have to work out the fingering all over again, though. That's the problem with melodic stuff - can't just jam it, unless maybe you're Bela Fleck or Eric Clapton.

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Travelling Lightly

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Size: 2,693kb, uploaded 9/3/2016 10:25:31 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

An attempt at a country song: Two tracks on my Martin OM35; 1 fingerstyle and one flat-pick/rhythm (I really love that guitar sound - no pickups for me - EVER!) and faded the banjo in after the first refrain/chorus. Did the best I can with vox tracks. Home-recorded using Audacity with an Alesis 2-channel USB mixer and a Shure SM27. Not many takes. "Keep it rough and unplaned like a live rendition might be", I thought. Add Comment

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