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The Policeman's Holiday

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Montague Ewing

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Size: 8,207kb, uploaded 3/30/2013 6:01:01 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Classic

So here I am, playing Olly Oakley's arrangement of the classic tune "The Policeman's Holiday" in honour of our resident Banjo Bobby and arranger extraordinaire on Classic-Banjo.Ning, Steve Harrison. You can also listen to the "genuine article" -- played by Oakley himself on his zither-banjo, one hundred years ago -- here on Youtube. Oakley was one of the most prolific and popular banjoists of his time. He cut countless records during the early days of sound recording and his skill in spontaneously improvising on solos or making up "variations" on the fly -- some would say making mistakes! -- means that he hardly recorded a solo in the same way twice. He played the zither-banjo in a brash, strident fashion and pulled a brilliant tone from it, in contrast to the popular perception of the ZB as a soft, subdued instrument. Unlike Oakley, I have recorded this on a regular (nylon-strung) banjo similar to the one Joe Morley would have played. This style of playing is known as Classic Banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/



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