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Mar 3, 2016 - 7:03:09 AM
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The reel Mason's Apron is played in limitless variations across Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the US (14 settings so far on thesession.org).  Barney McKenna and John Sheehan popularized the tune as a fiddle and banjo showstopper with their multipart arrangement with the Dubliners; Kieran Hanrahan, Boys of the Lough, Sean McGuire, and Matt Molloy have also recorded it.  At sessions in my area, I usually only hear the first two parts -- the higher parts get tricky for some instruments, while the first two are "friendlier."  I'll post my own version shortly.

I like this version from Youtuber Tantoonie0, too:

Mar 3, 2016 - 11:25:24 AM
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James Rankine

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How about these kids- don't know who they are but a great example of going off script but staying true to the tradition. Mason's second tune in the set - playing all over the neck, up an octave brilliant stuff and good backing as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrDqlzfJO8E

Mar 3, 2016 - 11:33:40 AM
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Originally posted by James Rankine
 

How about these kids- don't know who they are but a great example of going off script but staying true to the tradition. Mason's second tune in the set - playing all over the neck, up an octave brilliant stuff and good backing as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrDqlzfJO8E


Thats Fionntan McDonald and Eoin Kearns, The Bar/Pub is Fa Joes here in lurgan.

 

Can find more of them here.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fiontann+mcdonald+eoin+kearns

Edited by - BanjoMacPickin on 03/03/2016 11:36:28

Mar 3, 2016 - 11:45:15 AM
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James Rankine

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quote:
Originally posted by BanjoMacPickin
 
quote:
Originally posted by James Rankine
 

How about these kids- don't know who they are but a great example of going off script but staying true to the tradition. Mason's second tune in the set - playing all over the neck, up an octave brilliant stuff and good backing as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrDqlzfJO8E

Thats Fionntan McDonald and Eoin Kearns, The Bar/Pub is Fa Joes here in lurgan.

 

Can find more of them here.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fiontann+mcdonald+eoin+kearns


Thanks Mark. What a talent this young man is. Kids eh- they make you sick!

Mar 13, 2016 - 7:28:31 PM
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Feo

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This guy's using some non-typical techniques on his tenor arrangement of Mason's Apron ...he's got a capo on the 1st fret , like Gerry O'Conner ?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79uzpnY0reU

Edited by - Feo on 03/13/2016 19:30:42

Mar 13, 2016 - 10:18:08 PM
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Tom Hanway

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Cool, I posted this BHO link a while back, and I'm about to travel, packing at the moment ... but I will post a recording of this.

Here it is in standard (G) with picking direction for tenor, based on Micho Russell's version (originally in F):

Mason's Apron

It's sublime, really lovely, hope you dig.

Best ~ Tom wink

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:24:29 AM
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Awesome, thanks for posting that version, Tom!  Here's a version in A with just a few variations, staying in first position: https://youtu.be/NOzJKQP3Oc4

Mar 15, 2016 - 5:39:26 AM
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Tom Hanway

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quote:
Originally posted by benhockenberry
 

Awesome, thanks for posting that version, Tom!  Here's a version in A with just a few variations, staying in first position: https://youtu.be/NOzJKQP3Oc4


Hey, Ben, the tune that you're playing in the video is actually 'The Tarbolton' (not 'Mason's Apron', and it's originally Scottish, 'Tarbolton Lodge', part of a famous medley pioneered by the legendary Michael Coleman (one of the masters of Sligo-style fiddle).

Here's the classic Coleman medley with 'The Tarbolton', also the 'Longford Collector' (where I now live), and 'Sailor's Bonnet', probably a precursor to the OT tune, 'Billy in the Lowground':

THE TARBOLTON / LONGFORD COLLECTOR / SAILOR'S BONNET

I have to get to the airport, don't have time to set up and record, so here is my old version of 'Mason's Apron', from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo, (1998). I kept it mercifully short, just three parts, though for St. Patrick's Day this year, I have at least seven parts worked up with a jazz quartet (Arcadia), but that's before the clarinet player gets ahold of it, goes to Pluto, and turns left.  

Okay, here's my old guide track from the Complete book, a relatively restrained version with a bit of Barney McKenna in it, one variation in particular that crawls up the neck (A-part), and of course, the shoot-'em-up trebles and triplets.  I also use some Irish fiddle ornamentation ("long rolls" or "turns"), using hammer-pull-off combinations that insinuate themselves in a few spots. In the book these are written out as evenly spaced quintuplets. (I would write them out differently today, still keeping all five notes.)

THE MASON'S APRON

Happy Paddy's Day to all, and may your sweet pint of Guinness never run dry....

Take it handy! ~ Tom big

Edited by - Tom Hanway on 03/15/2016 05:47:19

Mar 15, 2016 - 6:54:50 AM
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mylesm

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I like this one but its a real show off tune and whenever its started at a session it usually becomes a solo as what happened here see how the other Banjo Dropped out only because he wasnt sure what version was going to be played after the first 2 parts as Chris is well able to play 
 

 

 

https://youtu.be/5bQV_oGNXg0?list=LLwYB82RuWGyO6EjqQ6_pZtA

Mar 16, 2016 - 8:11:10 AM

Feo

USA

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Pulled out the banjo and guitar to wing out a version of Masons Apron .... no fancy arrangement or showing off ... this is my first recording since I got an audio interface for my computer ...lets me use the old stage mics ...now I should have less static and background noises in my recordings

Mar 16, 2016 - 11:46:45 AM

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The fact that there is no standard way to play this makes me reluctant to invest the time to learn it. 

 

Wayne

Mar 16, 2016 - 12:27:54 PM

DSmoke

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quote:
Originally posted by captbanjo
 

The fact that there is no standard way to play this makes me reluctant to invest the time to learn it. 

 

Wayne


Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, not at this point in my playing.  Great solo tune though.

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:28:03 PM
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KLR

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Banjo Redican's Apron - YouTube This is a variant I learned from a recording of a great fiddler/banjo player, Larry Redican; there are many Redican reels people play, and also a slip jig, Redican's Mother.  I got the tape from a piping friend of Larry's who thought he was the best ever - this fellow played with Coleman, Morrison, and Killoran too, so that's some praise.  On the tape Larry was cut short before he got through all the 3rd part too so this is my guess at what he played.  You can hear the source recording at comhaltasarchive.org if you're really curious.  Lots of recordings there of him playing the fiddle and banjo - and the banjo-mandolin - too; and his grandson has put some cuts up on YouTube as well.

"Redican's Apron" is also my own idea for a suitable title.

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:55:42 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Tom Hanway

Hey, Ben, the tune that you're playing in the video is actually 'The Tarbolton' (not 'Mason's Apron', and it's originally Scottish, 'Tarbolton Lodge', part of a famous medley pioneered by the legendary Michael Coleman (one of the masters of Sligo-style fiddle).

Oh my, that's hilarious (and embarassing) -- I recorded Mason's Apron, then proceeded to grab another recently-recorded video from my folder when loading it into Youtube. So now I have two copies of Tarbolten on my account...every video just looks like a picture of the same bloke playing a banjo. Name your files, kids.

Here's the actual file: https://youtu.be/_lJtKYMhcwA

Edited by - benhockenberry on 03/19/2016 04:03:35

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:59:44 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by KLR
 

Banjo Redican's Apron - YouTube This is a variant I learned from a recording of a great fiddler/banjo player, Larry Redican; there are many Redican reels people play, and also a slip jig, Redican's Mother.  I got the tape from a piping friend of Larry's who thought he was the best ever - this fellow played with Coleman, Morrison, and Killoran too, so that's some praise.  On the tape Larry was cut short before he got through all the 3rd part too so this is my guess at what he played.  You can hear the source recording at comhaltasarchive.org if you're really curious.  Lots of recordings there of him playing the fiddle and banjo - and the banjo-mandolin - too; and his grandson has put some cuts up on YouTube as well.

"Redican's Apron" is also my own idea for a suitable title.


Nice!  I haven't heard this version before; not "show-offy" at all, just melodic.  Thanks for sharing this!

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:50:39 PM
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Hey Feo, I really enjoyed your version! Sounds rather like American Old-Time than Irish-Traditional, but maybe that's why I like it so much...

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:08:44 PM
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Feo

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Originally posted by crisscross
 

Hey Feo, I really enjoyed your version! Sounds rather like American Old-Time than Irish-Traditional, but maybe that's why I like it so much...


Hey , thanks ....      After listening to it , I may have been going kinda slow , I was too busy trying to find the notes on the neck .... maybe I'll try perking it up a little ..

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:23:09 PM
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I found the tabs for Mason's Apron in a mandolin book by Steve Kauffman, it was listed as a hornpipe though.

That's why I kept the tempo quite relaxed, allowing even a "Slowwrist" like me to enter the realm of the dreaded triplet.

I picked it on my CGDA tuned tenor banjo, so I had to transpose the guitar chords from A to D.

https://soundcloud.com/tele1310/masons-apron

Edited by - crisscross on 03/25/2016 12:24:37

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:22:21 PM
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robobanjo Players Union Member

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Okay, while 1 year late, I hope you enjoy my version [click here] of this classic reel ... 

Edited by - robobanjo on 08/14/2017 19:22:42

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:38:58 PM

robobanjo Players Union Member

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Oops - wrong TOTM tune ... this is what happens when you're up too late!  Time for bed.  LOL!

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:56:58 AM
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Bribak

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https://youtu.be/91HrZhM9kYM

 Pretty amazing version here. Starts at about 4:21. 

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:13:34 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by captbanjo
 

The fact that there is no standard way to play this makes me reluctant to invest the time to learn it. 

 

Wayne


Do you go to any regular sessions?  Ask people there to play it, and learn that version. Someone will know it.
It's an awful lot of fun to play and I think it's worth your time to learn it for that reason alone.

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:17:12 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Feo
 

This guy's using some non-typical techniques on his tenor arrangement of Mason's Apron ...he's got a capo on the 1st fret , like Gerry O'Conner ?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79uzpnY0reU


I was gratified to see that he's playing a 19 fret version of my modest CC-IT 17 fret. Just goes to show that even relatively inexpensive instruments can make first hand music in the right hands.

Aug 21, 2017 - 10:09:25 AM
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morph2o

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i love this tune after hearing Kieran Hanrahan and The Banjo Heads, great version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kCl1VjyaYQ

Edited by - morph2o on 08/21/2017 10:10:11

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:22:28 AM
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mylesm

Ireland

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What about this Lad only 12 years old

 

Masons starts at 02:00 in

 


https://youtu.be/ZsTH0qVqSpE

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:56:02 PM
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I have a question for those musicians of this music in Ireland. I was listening to the version from the young Fionntan and Eoin, and I know they are expanding/embellishing from other genres. Is this sort of thing welcomed, or frowned upon by the traditionalists in Ireland? I'm coming from a Bluegrass backround here in America, and I'm really curious as to your views on the trad scene music in Ireland.

Thank You for any response,

David

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