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Cripple Creek - Banjo Band

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Size: 2,570kb, uploaded 5/22/2011 12:45:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

5-String, Soprano 4-String, and Fretless Bass Banjos, plus running commentary! ;-)

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Cripple Creek - double-C

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Size: 955kb, uploaded 9/20/2009 12:57:48 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Clawhammer, recorded September 20, 2009. Chuck Lee Vintage Ovilla 2008, Kat Eyz Maple/Purpleheart bridge, Vellum Calfskin head. Pitch @ 415 - I got a gal at the head of the creek Goin up t' see her 'bout the middle of the week Kiss her on the mouth, just as sweet as any wine Wraps herself around me like a sweet potatoe vine

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Cronin's Hornpipe

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Size: 3,338kb, uploaded 8/24/2010 3:50:16 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Cronin's Hornpipe, Four String Baritone Banjo GDAE (Gold Tone IT-250), Guitar, Recorded July 19, 2010

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Cuckoo's Nest

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Size: 1,504kb, uploaded 7/10/2010 2:58:47 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Clawhammer, Chuck Lee, Vintage Ovilla

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Cuckoo's Nest, Mark Johnson & Tom Berghan

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Size: 2,160kb, uploaded 4/10/2011 4:34:37 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Mark Johnson & Tom Berghan, This is a duet of Clawhammer Banjo and Tenor Banjo, plus support from Ukulele, Guitar, and Wire Brushes played on paper (sheet music actually). Mark is on 5 string banjo, Tom is on 4 string banjo. Mark plays Ukulele, Tom plays Guitar and Brushes.

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Cumberland Gap

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Size: 4,664kb, uploaded 7/12/2010 11:28:42 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Clawhammer, recorded July 12, 2010. Chuck Lee Vintage Ovilla 2008, Kat Eyz Maple/Purpleheart bridge, Vellum Calfskin head. gDGBD

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Dance Boatman Dance

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Dan Emmett

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Size: 2,872kb, uploaded 7/23/2016 10:27:03 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)

1843. a very popular song in the Antebellum Minstrel shows. Played here with a copy of a banjo made by Joel Walker Sweeney circa 1840. The banjo was reconstructed by Luthier James Hartel. Percussion is played on a Donkey's Jawbone. The sound you hear is the teeth rattling when the jawbone is struck with the palm of the hand.

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Darling Nelly Gray

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Benjamin Russell Hanby

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Size: 4,924kb, uploaded 8/4/2016 11:06:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)

From 1856, the Antebellum Period. A popular Minstrel song in support of the Abolition of Slavery. Sung in recitative style and played on early banjo stroke style. Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby, 1833-1867, who also wrote "Up on the House Top", "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", and the hymn "Who Is He In Yonder Stall?"

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Demo of the Banjo d'Amore built by Dan Knowles of Paris TN - Nov 23, 2011

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Size: 5,979kb, uploaded 11/23/2011 3:09:57 PM
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This was recorded just a couple of days after I received the new banjo. The banjo has four sympathetic strings which become active when the other five are plucked. This gives the instrument a silvery shimmery sound. The concept was taken from the Viola d'Amore, an instrument similar in the viola family but with with sympathetic strings which are not bowed, but activate (vibrate) when the other strings are bowed.

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Demonstration of my Gold Tone BB400 Custom Fretless Bass Banjo

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Size: 9,478kb, uploaded 11/13/2010 12:20:22 PM
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This is a fretless bass banjo, 32 inch scale (like a bass guitar), 14 inch rim, calf skin head by "Earthtone." Custom built for me by Gold Tone. Silk and Silver "Guitare Basse" strings by Savarez. A special thanks from me to Wayne Rogers, founder of Gold Tone, who was an absolute pleasure to work with on this special order.

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Doin' My Time

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Jimmie Skinner

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Size: 4,209kb, uploaded 12/29/2013 8:38:01 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Tom Berghan, Banjo & Vocal

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Don't Think Twice

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Bob Dylan

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Size: 1,349kb, uploaded 8/1/2012 7:32:19 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

A guitar player friend stopped by to pick some and he played this old chestnut. I had not heard it in a while and it's such a pretty tune!

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Down The Road

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Lester Flatt

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Size: 2,833kb, uploaded 11/24/2013 9:41:02 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Tom Berghan, Banjo and Vocal.

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Dry & Dusty

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Size: 4,705kb, uploaded 10/4/2014 5:27:59 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Melody after the way Kenny Baker played it

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Eight More Miles To Louisville

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Grandpa Jones

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Size: 3,731kb, uploaded 3/28/2013 8:06:05 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Tom Berghan Vocal & Banjo - Laurence Diehl Guitar

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Farewell Trion

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Size: 3,231kb, uploaded 5/1/2011 8:52:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan, Five String Clawhammer, Guitar, Four String Soprano, Baritone, and Bass Banjos

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Flop Ear'd Mule - making arrangements for the banjo

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Size: 2,702kb, uploaded 7/16/2013 11:51:53 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Demonstration for a friend - how to take a melody, play that melody by ear, and then how to “grass it up” a little

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Flop Eared Mule

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Size: 2,070kb, uploaded 5/29/2011 8:01:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Mark Johnson Clawhammer, Tom Berghan Soprano and Bass Banjos

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Flying Cloud Cotillion

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Size: 3,231kb, uploaded 10/22/2011 11:06:12 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Laurence Diehl and Tom Berghan, duet between 5-string banjo and soprano banjo. The Cotillion is an older form of the Square Dance.

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Foggy Mountain Special

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Earl Scruggs

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Size: 3,602kb, uploaded 10/28/2012 8:12:03 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Does scale length reduce bass?

Well, Laurence and I were at again with more of what we call BoogieGrass! . . . And maybe a little BeBopGrass thrown in there too! This time we are taking a stroll down to the corner of 18th and Vine with Earl’s Foggy Mountain Special! Laurence Diehl is on Banjo (awesome!) and Tom Berghan is on Fretless Bass Banjo. If you like it, let us know and be sure to hit the like button. And, if you don’t like it, then I suggest you please consider enjoying some well aged distilled spirit and then try listening again! I can’t help it now . . . I gotta brag on my duo partner Laurence . . . you certainly just don’t hear banjo played like THIS every day!

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