Minstrel Banjo

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Phil Rice arrangement

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Comment by Tim Twiss on November 25, 2011 at 1:53pm

Sounds good. This one works so well at a variety of tempos...I think tempo choice adds a personal stamp to each tune.

Comment by Paul Draper on November 25, 2011 at 3:57pm

Thanks, Tim.  Yes, this is kind of a lullaby tempo...

Comment by Bell Banjos on November 25, 2011 at 4:08pm

In '77 I played piano behind a great fiddler from the thumb of Michigan named Al.  We'd hit the jamborees and dances and this was THE tune that did it. He played it like the Flight of the Bumblebee or something. Insane. It's cool to hear it on the minstrel banjo with all those triplets. Nice playin.'

Comment by Paul Draper on November 25, 2011 at 4:15pm

Thanks, Terry.  If I played it faster, my fingers would probably get tangled in the triplets...

Comment by Carl Anderton on November 26, 2011 at 2:13pm

The thing I love about Paul's playing is that he's a veteran clawhammer player that doesn't try to clawhammer up stroke-style, but plays it right.  The Rice arrangement of Devil's Dream is about as un-clawhammer as it gets, but he still nails it.  Clawhammer and stroke share about 90% of their DNA-- the devil is in the details.  It's great to see our clawhammer brothers embrace and enjoy "our" style.  We are natural allies-  it's the bluegrassers who are the real enemy!!  I jest...

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