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Bill Evans: Banjo for Dummies

Submitted by SkaStan on 3/10/2008

Where Purchased: Amazon.co.uk

Overall Comments

An essential for the absolute beginner (like me)
If you really do not know your rim from your tailpiece this is the book for you. It gives, in a clear concise way, a complete guide to starting down the banjo road. From choosing your first instrument, through your first chords to pickin like Scruggs. Along the way you learn about all different styles, history, instrument set up, jamming, the banjo community, buying online and suggested listening!
The book and its accompaning CD are an excellent guide for the beginner as well as a great reference for the more experienced player. Great job Bill!!

Overall Rating: 10

Swamptrash: It Makes No Never Mind

Submitted by SkaStan on 3/10/2008

Where Purchased: Online

Overall Comments

This Lp is a bit of a rarity. I managed to track a copy down recently for $80, the only other one I've seen was $200 on ebay. Swamptrash hailed from Edinburgh Scotland and after starting off busking the streets of Edinburgh in the mid eighties soon cultivated a cult following from their raucus gigs throughout Scotland. The LP was released 1989. A wild cajun/bluegrass/psycobilly mix of originals like Square Ass Sheriffs and Mamas In The Kitchen as well as classics Ring Of Fire and Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the Album may not be to the taste of the more traditionalists, but if you like your bluegrass a little on the wildside, try to hunt a copy down. To check out all things Swamptrash, http://www.lazypict.thehighlands.co.uk/acidcroft/acidcrofthistory.htm is a good place to start. The band sadly split soon after its release, some members went on to form Shooglenifty who have released many albums and still play out to this day. Swamptrash were my first intoduction to the magical sound of the banjo for which I will be eternally greatful.

Overall Rating: 10

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