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Song of the Boatmen on the Volga

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Emile Grimshaw

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Emile Grimshaw (born in Accrington, Lancs, in 1880) was a prolific player and composer for a number of fretted instruments, including Classic fingerstyle banjo, plectrum banjo, balalaika, and jazz guitar. Among his output he arranged many solos for BMG clubs, where they were very popular.The Song of the Boatmen on the Volga (also known as "Ey, ukhnem!") is a famous Russian melody and an authentic traditional shanty, first written down by Mily Balakirev in his book of Russian folk songs, published in 1866. It was sung by the Burlaks, or barge haulers, as they pulled the heavy timber-laden barges along the river Volga. The song evokes the heavy measured tread of the men as they keep step with the plaintive melody. This arrangement is special insofar as it is written with a divided accompaniment. In Classic Banjo, the vast majority of accompaniments are written for a single Second Banjo, who plays both bass notes and harmony. Divided Accompaniment was explained in a book, published over several issues of Stewart's Journal, by Thos. J. Armstrong, an American banjoist from the late 19th century. His idea was that accompaniments would sound fuller and richer if they were spread over two banjos, using their low strings for a less strident effect. The idea never really caught on, however. This style of playing is known as Classic fingerstyle banjo. For more information, visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/



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