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Marching Jaybird (and other material, probably). Old-time 3-finger picking.

Dec 2, 2020 - 12:18:12 PM
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Emiel

Austria

9704 posts since 1/22/2003

Marching Jaybird (and other material, probably). Oldtime three-finger picking (with fingerpicks). Banjo: Recording King RK-35. Tuning: open-G.


Edited by - Emiel on 12/02/2020 12:23:55

Dec 2, 2020 - 7:24:55 PM

6582 posts since 6/27/2009

A rich arrangement on a delightful tune, Emiel. Its history you may have seen in this past Tune of the Week:  https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/295934

Edited by - JanetB on 12/02/2020 19:25:20

Dec 3, 2020 - 4:51:11 AM

Emiel

Austria

9704 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by JanetB

A rich arrangement on a delightful tune, Emiel. Its history you may have seen in this past Tune of the Week:  https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/295934


Thank you, Janet! I may have missed that but I'll give it a read…

Dec 3, 2020 - 10:48:24 AM
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7136 posts since 11/4/2005

Great picking, Emiel, well done. The original recording of this is by Lacey Phillips, from Caldwell County, North Carolina, in the Piedmont region. He was Etta Baker's brother-in-law; both were recorded in 1956 for the seminal Tradition Records LP, Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians. I bought my copy of that album around 1968 when I found it in the cut-out bin of a local store. Stephen Wade, in his book The Beautiful Music All Around Us, says that Phillips's performance "mirrors" another common finger style guitar and banjo tune, Spanish Fandango. Just the other day I finished a book of essays about old-time banjo called Banjo, Roots and Branches, compiled by Robert Winans. In the final essay of the book, Winans investigates a style of two and three finger up-picking that was prominent in a part of the North Carolina Piedmont east of Caldwell County that it's adherents called "old country style," and Phillips's Jaybird bears a lot of the marks of that style as described by Winans, though it also differs in some respects. Wynans makes a good argument that the old country style is directly rooted in 19th and early 20th Century classic finger style banjo, and though he doesn't use the term, seems to suggest that it is the missing link between classic banjo and Scruggs style bluegrass picking.

Dec 3, 2020 - 11:24:58 AM

Emiel

Austria

9704 posts since 1/22/2003

Thank you, Don! Don Borchelt. Yes, this kind of picking may well stand between the "classic style" and Scruggs.

I've been looking through my CD collection, and see that the little piece which I'm playing contains elements of Dock Boggs' "Coal Creek March"; "Jaybird March" (Etta Baker and Cora Phillips) and Roscoe Holcomb's "Coal Creek".

I don't think, I have the original version by Lacey Phillips, I'll look for it on YouTube.

Dec 3, 2020 - 12:01:21 PM

7136 posts since 11/4/2005

Emiel, I believe Cora Phillips was Etta Baker's sister and Stacey's wife. His recording is on YouTube.

Dec 3, 2020 - 12:13:38 PM

Emiel

Austria

9704 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Don Borchelt

Emiel, I believe Cora Phillips was Etta Baker's sister and Stacey's wife. His recording is on YouTube.


Found it…

Dec 3, 2020 - 2:01:07 PM
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7136 posts since 11/4/2005

Don't worry, Emiel, you sound like you could be Etta's other brother.

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