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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

The Traveller’s Charm

mp3 download Instruments – Kantele I was just beginning to think about what kind of tune I might post here this month when this lovely melody showed up in our email. This recording is from Angela Purll, to whom we sent a Kantele. She composed this melody as she was tuning the instrument for the … Continue reading The Traveller’s Charm

Governor’s Square

mp3 download Instruments – Fiddle, guitar, harmonium, bass This is a tune learned from an old recording of Leonard Finseth.  I recorded this tune to help start a Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Kickstarter Project.  Mike Sawyer, a local musician and dear friend, is assembling a band to perform and record the music of some great old-time … Continue reading Governor’s Square

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

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

Shoes and Stockings

mp3 download Instrument – Cumberland Banjo Tuning= gDGBD Shoes and Stockings is a lovely little tune I learned from Mac Benford. It plays nicely on the banjo in standard G tuning and is fairly easy to learn. Any time I pick up a banjo in standard G tuning this is often the first tune that … Continue reading Shoes and Stockings

Mrs. Maxwell

mp3 download This tune features our Hognose Psaltery. Mrs. Maxwell is a tune by Turlough O’Carolan, a blind Irish harper that lived and wrote music in the early 18th Century.  Many of his compositions are still standards among harp players today.  I learned this version of Mrs. Maxwell from the fiddle playing of John Hartford … Continue reading Mrs. Maxwell

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