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Recommendations for slow, and instrumental pieces?

Mar 20, 2024 - 3:26:41 AM
5 posts since 3/20/2024

Hey, there.

Been a fan of the banjo for some time.
It used to be that between internet radio and searching, I'd find new songs easy enough.
Unfortunately, searching youtube means getting compilation videos, usually with iterative-generated 'art' and music that -
Well, it's either generic or non-credited, and I'd prefer less generic and more credited, since I'm always looking for more to listen to.
Most of the time, these days, I used bandcamp - I don't care for spotified, and like to pay for things and own them, much as we can.

So if you've got any recommendations, I'd be pleased if you'd be kind enough to share 'em. c:

What I'm looking for are slower, more down-tempo pieces. Some people call that 'dark folk' or 'dark bluegrass,' but I think the label's unnecessary. Stuff that you remember listening to while sitting on the porch, and missing people.

I don't mind if there are other instruments, so long as they don't drown the banjo out entirely. c;
Fiddles and mandolins are great, after all.
Nor do I absolutely hate vocals, a good song is a good song.
Sometimes you just want to drown your mind in sound, though.

Well, that's me. I don't have much to offer in turn, but if you want I'll listen to anything you might wanna say.
Thanks for the time reading this. c;

Take care out there, world's rough, but not so much you can't stay kind.

Mar 20, 2024 - 5:08:05 AM
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carlb

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2593 posts since 12/16/2007
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quote:
Originally posted by nothingdapper

So if you've got any recommendations, I'd be pleased if you'd be kind enough to share 'em. c:

What I'm looking for are slower, more down-tempo pieces. Some people call that 'dark folk' or 'dark bluegrass,' but I think the label's unnecessary. Stuff that you remember listening to while sitting on the porch, and missing people.

I don't mind if there are other instruments, so long as they don't drown the banjo out entirely. c;
Fiddles and mandolins are great, after all.
Nor do I absolutely hate vocals, a good song is a good song.
Sometimes you just want to drown your mind in sound, though.


From my Hangout media files:
https://www.banjohangout.org/song/42764
https://www.banjohangout.org/song/24933
https://www.banjohangout.org/song/42213
https://www.fiddlehangout.com/song/1351
https://www.fiddlehangout.com/song/3755
 

Mar 20, 2024 - 6:13:02 AM
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198 posts since 9/5/2013

Some clawhammer players who have recorded some beautiful slower pieces well worth checking out:
Michael J. Miles, Mark Johnson, Abigail Washburn, Dirk Powell, Cathy Fink, and Steve Martin.

Mar 20, 2024 - 7:26:34 AM

5 posts since 3/20/2024

quote:
Originally posted by carlb

From my Hangout media files:
https://www.banjohangout.org/song/42764
https://www.banjohangout.org/song/24933
https://www.banjohangout.org/song/42213
https://www.fiddlehangout.com/song/1351
https://www.fiddlehangout.com/song/3755

Absolutely what I had in mind. Amazing stuff, Carl. I don't know how people - you in this case - tend to feel about comments on each piece, if that cheapens the comment, but I especially liked Tear Down the Fences and Alone and Forsaken. Thank you so much for sharing your plays.

quote:
Originally posted by Tim Jumper

Some clawhammer players who have recorded some beautiful slower pieces well worth checking out:
Michael J. Miles, Mark Johnson, Abigail Washburn, Dirk Powell, Cathy Fink, and Steve Martin.



Thank you so much, Tim. I didn't know any of them... Almost, except Steve Martin. 
Had to do a double-take, but so it goes. Wow! Small world, I suppose. 
Only dipped in to your recommendations before replying, but I appreciate every one.

Since I feel good deserves good in return, I'm a fan of Kendl Winter. 
Anyhow, much obliged to both of you. I appreciate it more than I can say. It feels nice to be known.

Edited by - nothingdapper on 03/20/2024 07:27:12

Mar 20, 2024 - 7:36:09 AM
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4828 posts since 3/28/2008

Many old-time fiddle tunes sound great slow. I played at a friend's wedding years ago, where we played slowed-down fiddle tunes before the ceremony, and for the processional. They sounded kind of like slow movements from baroque sonatas. Try this with "Blackberry Blossom"!

Mar 21, 2024 - 9:08:31 PM

79665 posts since 5/9/2007

One of my faves is Minstrel's Fancy.
It has that "English Country Garden" feel

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