Banjo World Camp with the Benkó Dixieland Band.
Recorded live at the Budapest Congress Center in 1992.
This is from that Banjo Camp -- it's a solo by me. there is more if you look for it. Tony Triska was there as well as Cynthia Sayer, Tom Stuip and Buddy Wachter.
I have always loved soloing on beautiful ballads. This is type of thing I want to be remembered for. After my time look for the young Jack Ray to show you some of my style. He's "THE MAN" in my way of thinking. Remember this is from 1992 in Budapest Hungary. I hope you enjoy it. Eddy (A Balladeer.)
Wow! Such musicianship! So smooth! Wonderful! Thanks! banjered
Solid. And good taste never goes out of style...
Sweet! And a beautiful banjo.
Thank you for another cannonball in the arsenal for defending the banjo against those who IMAGINE that it's only good for rapid, raucous loud stuff.
Wonderful song in a masterful banjo/vocal rendition!
Thanks for sharing that Eddy! Was that done in Chicago tuning? I tried to watch but your finger move so fast!
I always play Viola tuning CGDA -- Also known as Tenor Banjo tuning or Tango Banjo tuning. This tuning is built for Modern or more advanced Harmonies. Eddy (The Manhattan Minstrel) Davis
Thanks for the info Eddy, I was (somehow) under the impression you tuned DGBE. Probably explains why I could not figure out what chords you were playing.
Either way, a lovely tune!
Really sweet song, beautiful playing and singing.
I just noticed you have a mute on the bridge? If so, what type is it? It still lets the banjo sound like a banjo. Again, really well done. Thanks for sharing.
Hey Jim, that bridge was the old metal type practice bridge. It cut the sound down quite a bit. In this day of age I use a rubber bridge which is a violin type which fits over the the whole bridge. It normally likes to slip or pop up and off while you are playing -- I use a small bit of double stick tape on the outside shoulder at each end of the bridge and it is just enough to hold it on while playing. That way I can put it on and off at will. I like to mellow out the banjo sound just a bit -- mostly on ballads. I haven't used a metal bridge like this since those days which was in the 80's and 90's. Please notice my today video's on my youtube channels: mrgreenmeat or themanhattanminstrel
Eddie, that was outstanding.
As always, thanks, Eddy!
Never heard of ya before!
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