Before I discovered Irish Music there was this. An old minstrel(?) Tune.
There exists on YouTube a version by Tom Roush. It seems to be a reupload because I know as a little boy that exact version was my favourite song for very long. It may not fit today's ethics but it has one of the most beautiful melodies of any song I know to this date.
Here I play a version heavily based on Roush's version. The first part is played in a semi-bluegrass 3-finger style that I cannot play. Unless it is this song, because I played along with Tom's video so many times.
Edited by - LzChase on 01/23/2021 15:39:59
I like Tom Roush' s music too. I have using this Covid down time to work on two finger thumb lead and also a three finger but with a ring finger lead for slower folk songs as above. Coming from a clawhammer background, I once challenged players here to see if they could come up with a CH version of Shenandoah that sounded OK. Several players posted versions and other players said they sounded just fine but I still thought it only mediocre success, not much better than my attempt. I prefer the sound of Swanee River and Shenandoah in my three finger style over CH. Don't know how to create MP3 demos but I am enjoying learning new right-hand styles on the banjo. If you haven't already you might check out Jason Romero's right hand picking styles. I don't see an end point to my banjo explorations, still fun after 30 years! Carry on yourself! banjered
Great Stephen Foster song, nice playing Lowrence!
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