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Le Reel Carignan

Written/Posted by Marc Nerenberg

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Size: 2,471kb, uploaded 3/4/2010 3:20:24 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Played on a fretless Dobson, strung with kitchen chord (for trussing up a chicken)...which is much like the fishing line I've seen banjo like instruments strung with in Africa...so I figure this is a really, really old time sound (at least that's my speculation). This tune is a derivative of Old Joe Clark...that is, when I was first learning to play, I tried to figure out how to play Old Joe Clark, and came up with this instead. I liked it, so I sang the words to Old Joe Clark over this rather distorted version of the banjo part. One day, a set of words occurred to me about fiddler Jean Carignan, instead of banjo player Joe Clark, and included the blind horse that figures in one of the original verses. Oddly enough, the words popped into my mind in French, and I then translated them into English. I wrote this song standing at the bar in a restaurant, and a Japanese tourist with a camera hanging around his neck watched me write it. He asked what I was doing, and I said, "writing a song". When it was finished, he asked me to hold it up and smile while he took my picture! (Maybe he was hoping I'd become famous one day!)



2 comments on “Le Reel Carignan”

Don Borchelt Says:
Saturday, March 6, 2010 @1:13:01 PM

Well done, Marc, Old Joe Clark trussed up nicely and ready for roasting in the oven. Fine picking and singing.

Bisbonian Says:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 @9:44:27 PM

something Old is New again.

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