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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:

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