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Size: 3,165kb, uploaded 12/29/2007 8:29:51 AM
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Steve Caddick and Rene Marion playing Avalon. This is a tune from 1920 that was introduced by Al Jolson. Very upbeat tune, played quickly with chord melody and improvisation on a tenor banjo and rythum provided by Rene on a tenor guitar. Tunings are standard CGDA for the tenor banjo and a slight variant for the TG, still CGDA, but, the high strings are replaced with heavy gauge wound strings so those 2 strings can be tuned an octave lower than normal to give the chord a closer harmony.

17 comments on “Avalon”

mainejohn Says:
Saturday, December 29, 2007 @8:57:43 AM

This has got to be the best version I've ever heard of this great old town!

banjopa Says:
Saturday, December 29, 2007 @9:02:54 AM

Thanks John, It is one of my favorite tunes to play. I'd love to hear a 5-string version of it!

mainejohn Says:
Saturday, December 29, 2007 @9:22:59 AM

"Great old town"?  ...of course I meant "great old tune!"

frailin Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @2:44:10 PM

OHMYGOSH!  This is FABULOUS!!  What terrific timing and "feel!" 

PLEASE post more!!  MANY more!

Craig (frailin)

PS - I LOVE the guitar backing you up, too.

Banjoman Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @3:51:43 PM

Wow! That's the cat's pajamas...

Mainechowder Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @10:07:05 AM

Thanks for the tip John, This is great!!!!!

Great job Steve, being new to the banjo, this is great to listen to. A style I don't hear much.


banjopa Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @10:53:14 AM

Hi Don, Thanks! The tenor can be a very challenging instrument.

Nelson Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2008 @1:47:52 PM

Awsome... I agree with "Banjoman" That was the "Bees knees"...  (or some other phrase from the 20's that has fallen into disuse today.)

A Youtube search of "Banjo Bash" will result in a really interesting video of an impromptu jam of several tenor banjeans tossing some tunes back and forth in a really impressive performance.

banjopa Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2008 @3:16:50 PM

Thanks guys! I have seen many tenor banjo vids on Youtube. I have a couple there myself.

stanger Says:
Saturday, January 5, 2008 @3:22:15 PM

As good as it gets! I've never heard anyone ever play it better. Coincidentally, I started foolin' around on this tune just a couple of days ago, before I heard this. I'm really inspired to get it down now! Wonderful playing, Steve...

banjopa Says:
Saturday, January 5, 2008 @5:00:58 PM

Thank you! It is one of my favorites and I have worked on it for a long time. I don't get tired of playing it. I enjoy improvising and this one is just a lot fun to do that on.

blamethebanjo Says:
Thursday, May 8, 2008 @1:26:27 PM

I am moving to Avalon! That is fabolous playing right there!

5 BIG Stars!

banjopa Says:
Thursday, May 8, 2008 @2:43:29 PM

Thank you Darrell!

John M. Says:
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 @10:00:50 PM

Great piece.  Fun from start to finish!

banjopa Says:
Thursday, May 29, 2008 @4:06:53 AM

Thank you John!

tenorbanjoguy Says:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @8:05:36 AM

Thanks for posting this one Steve! I don't hear this one recorded much if ever! So it is a treat to hear it played by someone as talented as you are!!

mainejohn Says:
Friday, November 21, 2008 @4:31:23 AM

I had to listen to this of my all-time favorites and no one does it better.

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