mp3 download I learned this one from Dwight Diller who got it from the Hammonses. I forget the whole story but I think that someone died and this particular person wanted some music played at his graveside. So a friend of his sat an overnight vigil at his grave and played this song all … Continue reading Dead Man’s Piece – banjo, mandolin, guitar, and harmonium
mp3 download Here is another melody I made up on the Kantele. The “haunting descant” was played on the Casio SK-1, the greatest little keyboard ever! If you owned one of these as a kid in the 80s – you know what I am talking about. I got lucky and picked one up at … Continue reading Melatonin – Kantele and Casio SK-1
mp3 download The Kantele is such a fun instrument to noodle around. Here is an original melody composed on the Kantele as I played my boys to sleep one night. Recorded with Harmonium.
mp3 download I was in a workshop Dwight Diller and I was playing our Cumberland Banjo. He asked me if I knew how to play Cumberland Gap. I did not. He couldn’t believe I had the nerve to play a Cumberland Banjo and not know how to play Cumberland Gap. So I figured I’d … Continue reading Cumberland Gap
mp3 download This is a Swedish Fiddle Tune I learned from the ASI Spelmanslag, a group that is keeping traditional Swedish Fiddling alive in a beautiful way here in Minnesota. The story I heard about this tune goes something like this: A long time ago, in a country far, far away (Sweden), young Edwin … Continue reading “Edwin’s First” Polska