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Sonny Bryan
  • Louisville, KY
  • United States
  • Since about 2011
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  • Leonidas (Lee) Jones
  • Wes Merchant
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  • James Pentecost
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  • Mark Weems
  • Rob Morrison
  • D. Wooldridge

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Sonny Bryan commented on Paul Draper's video
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Dr. Hekok Jig

"Haven't heard that version, Paul. I agree with you both ,the duo melds well with that groove; but the solo sounds like a fiddle player around a campfire. It has an edginess. A tune that really allows interpretation."
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Chris Prieto commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"Such a tripped out tune. Sounds good!"
Tuesday
Sonny Bryan commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"Thanks, guys! It's still fun to try to make musical sense out of the fiddle tunes on a fretless banjo."
Mar 20
Paul Draper commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"Good job Sonny! Great tune. Vincent Tufo does a great fiddle version on the Early Minstrel Show recording."
Mar 20
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Timothy Twiss commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"Yes, that is sort of what I remember. Don't get me wrong Sonny, you did a killer job on this. I just recollect my own struggle with it, and then hearing the relief of the smooth fiddle players. The same is true for almost ALL of the "back…"
Mar 20
Sonny Bryan commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"Wes Merchant posted a link to two players, James Bryan and Carl Jones, playing Dr. Hecock's, on guitar and fiddle. They blew it away! I haven't heard any other fiddler versions. They played Kick up the Devil, too. Excellent!"
Mar 20
Timothy Twiss commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"I wish I could remember where it came from. I thought someone put it here. Any recollections? It really had a swing to it...that sort of evades us banjoists. It's a hard tune."
Mar 20
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Timothy Twiss commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"That piece makes so much more sense on the fiddle. "
Mar 20
Sonny Bryan commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"Sorry, typo error....that's Bob Lanham."
Mar 20
Sonny Bryan commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"I do too, Strumelia...Thanks!"
Mar 20
Strumelia commented on Sonny Bryan's video
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Doctor Hecock's Jig

"I always think of this tune as like 1800s jazz.  Keep up the good work Sonny!   :)"
Mar 20
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Sonny Bryan commented on Chris Prieto's photo
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"Fine looking, Chris! The "fretboard action" looks low and very playable. I agree, must be satisfying to build it and play it. Excellent job."
Mar 11

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
Since about 2011
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
J. Moschella, Boucher B. Sholder gourd, D. Gardner, Boucher

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Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 10:33am on May 17, 2016, D. Wooldridge said…

Glad to see ya Sonny! Thanks for coming over this weekend!!

At 11:11am on May 17, 2016, Paul Draper said…
Great meeting you Sonny and playing tunes with you! (And the morning coffee around the fire was wonderful, talkin bout the ways of the world...)
At 12:41pm on May 17, 2016, Tom Taggart said…

Good to see you here.  Really enjoyed playing music with you over this pats weekend.

At 3:05pm on May 17, 2016, Strumelia said…

Hey, great you are here Sonny!  

At 9:17pm on May 17, 2016, Rob Morrison said…

Hey sonny--Had  great time with you and the guys and Lisa.  It's fun to play dress-up every so often and play music with words you can't always sing.  These things are always fun.  Great to get to know you.

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