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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley mp3 download Instruments – Mountain Banjo, steel strings I picked this tune up from the playing of Luke Richardson. The tune comes from Galax area fiddler, Luther Davis. Luke arranged this piece in one of my favorite banjo tunings – f#DADE. Something about this tuning is so meditative and sweet. It’s … Continue reading Lily of the Valley

Half Past Four

Lovely fall weather here in Minnesota.  A perfect day to walk over to the cemetery and play some tunes under a beautiful maple tree resplendent in the glorious colors of fall. Matt is playing the Mountain Banjo and Cody is playing the Parlor Guitar.  The tune is Half Past Four.  It is a fiddle tune … Continue reading Half Past Four

Dr. Bobbinhead

mp3 download Instruments – banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonium You never know where inspiration will come from. In this case, it came from a small toy. Just watching the big, blue, smiling face rock gently back and forth I thought it might be fun to play along. So I grabbed my banjo and this melody came … Continue reading Dr. Bobbinhead

The Snow Lay on the Ground

mp3 download Instruments – Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Banjo, keyboard, and piano It’s after Thanksgiving so let the Christmas Music play! Here’s a track from my 2004 Christmas with The Homers album. This disc is on permanent rotation at my house during the month of December along with A Charlie Brown Christmas (Vince Guaraldi Trio), The … Continue reading The Snow Lay on the Ground

Red Prairie Dawn

mp3 download Instruments – Fretless Mountain Banjo, nylgut strings (gDGBD) The origin of most old-time fiddle tunes is simply not known.  These melodies have been played by generations of fiddlers going back as far as one can remember, and often even further.  Not so with this tune.  We know without a doubt who wrote this … Continue reading Red Prairie Dawn

Speed the Plough

mp3 download Instruments – Mountain Banjo, steel strings I learned this tune from Sam Timmreck, a local coffee delivery guy, old-time musician, and clogger extraordinaire. He learned it from Lee Guthrie, a local bow-maker. Lee couldn’t remember where he learned it and he also couldn’t remember the name. (It is possible that he has just … Continue reading Speed the Plough

Get up in the Morning

mp3 download Instruments – Banjo tuned aDADE Guitar Mandolin Bass Harmonium Get up in the Morning is an old minstrel tune as far as I can tell. I learned the tune from Adam Kiesling’s wonderful CD – Unclouded Day and he apparently got the tune from Bugs Bunny, whatever that means.  Adam’s version is just … Continue reading Get up in the Morning

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