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David Spalding Sharp
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  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • United States
  • a number of years now.
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David Spalding Sharp left a comment for Bell Banjos
"Hi Terry - I ordered a banjo kit and Tambourine kit about three years back. Do you still have any record of my order? My check was cashed, and you mentioned on several occasions that you were sick that year. Let me know if you still have my contact…"
Sep 1, 2016
David Spalding Sharp left a comment for Bell Banjos
"Hi Terry - Waiting with baited breath hoping to get the banjo and tambourine kits. Lets me know when you can. Dave Sharp  "
Jul 11, 2014
David Spalding Sharp left a comment for Bell Banjos
"Hi Terry - how are you feeling these days? I hope your well. Did you get a chance to work on my banjo and tambourine kits yet. Dave Sharp"
Apr 18, 2014
David Spalding Sharp commented on Bell Banjos's video
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Fairy Dance 1992

"Oh that Phil Cunningham....! I love all the changing keys and they make this session tune really something."
Dec 12, 2013
David Spalding Sharp replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Veterans on Ning
"I would imagine during the Civil War the days before penicillian must have been horrible, since any small wound could go septic. As a Veteran that scares me more than many things. You'd either die of the infection back then or you'd end up…"
Nov 18, 2013
David Spalding Sharp replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Veterans on Ning
"Yes the DC3 was called the Gooney Bird and they were the tow planes for the Gliders. Like modern Gliders these had all the flaps and controls for controling the glide. My Dad was a Glider Pilot and he had a co-pilot for his craft. They were released…"
Nov 15, 2013
David Spalding Sharp replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Veterans on Ning
"My Dad said they had very high casualties among the glider pilots and the troops on board. Since the Germans put up telephone poles with wire strung between them. Also the fields they landed in were too short and many wooden gliders hit the…"
Nov 14, 2013
David Spalding Sharp commented on David Spalding Sharp's blog post Compositons in the old style.
"The vocal styles of traditional music seem to require more listening to the genre than the instrumental music. I find that if I really get tuned in on a project I start to speak the language in a fashion. Having been a commercial…"
Nov 14, 2013
Tim Twiss commented on David Spalding Sharp's blog post Compositons in the old style.
"I have done it. It turns into quite the exercise to stay within the parameters and style. I've done both instrumental ( easier ) and vocal. It was part of an "Artist in Residency" program I did in the Upper Peninsula wilderness.  "
Nov 14, 2013
David Spalding Sharp commented on Jon Whitney's photo
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Me playing minstrel banjo

"I've played in that Bowery many time. It's been a while but we met along with Cory Webster a few years back. I've been meaning to come by the instrument making group, but always have something going on that night.  "
Nov 13, 2013
David Spalding Sharp replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Veterans on Ning
"Thanks Paul. My Father flew members of the 101st Airborne in Gliders behind the beach heads on D-day. A proud unit.  "
Nov 13, 2013
Bell Banjos commented on David Spalding Sharp's blog post Compositons in the old style.
"Hi Dave. I like to create tunes in an old style, particularly minstrel banjo and Irish fiddle. I always try to remember what Paddy Maloney said of traditional music, that it was and is created ON the instrument. That guides me. If I can recall a new…"
Nov 13, 2013
David Spalding Sharp commented on David Spalding Sharp's blog post Compositons in the old style.
"My feeling as well. I like to think of it all as a living tradition. I compose while playing on the istrument as well."
Nov 13, 2013
David Spalding Sharp replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Veterans on Ning
"I had a very nice Veterans Day and it was peaceful in my little neighborhood, still having nice memories of the Veterans Creative Arts Festival just two weeks earlier. I was invited to in Reno, Nevada this year through my local VA facility. It was…"
Nov 13, 2013
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Compositons in the old style.

I've played traditional tunes for many years. Lately I've been interested in composing in the style of Old Time and Celtic music. Does anyone do that and does it sneak into your reenactment work or at the period dances? I'm completely thrilled with the historical tunes, but have gotten a lot of joy out of composing in the styles that I love as well.See More
Nov 12, 2013
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I've played traditional tunes for many years. Lately I've been interested in composing in the style of Old Time and Celtic music. Does anyone do that and does it sneak into your reenactment work or at the period dances? I'm completely thrilled with the historical tunes, but have gotten a lot of joy out of composing in the styles that I love as well.

 

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How long have you played banjo?
a number of years now.
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Clawhammer Banjos, Tenor Banjo

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Compositons in the old style.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 5:17pm 4 Comments

I've played traditional tunes for many years. Lately I've been interested in composing in the style of Old Time and Celtic music. Does anyone do that and does it sneak into your reenactment work or at the period dances? I'm completely thrilled with the historical tunes, but have gotten a lot of joy out of composing in the styles that I love as well.

 
 
 

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