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Played on a gourd banjo I made

I know its a 1850ish tune,, but my arrangement may have been to modern, just how I learned it.

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Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on April 17, 2013 at 11:13am
Oh, that banjo is beautiful. I love the melody line of this song. I've been trying to play it for a while...
Comment by Dave Culgan on April 17, 2013 at 11:29am

Sounds good Steve, nice to listen to over my supper. I like the solid rhythm that is part of your style and the gourd banjo sounds great. Hope you are going to hang onto that one. Dave

Comment by Steve Jeter on April 17, 2013 at 11:48am

thanks Valerie & Dave,,, yep Im gonna keep it, I keep makin banjos, but I don't think I can give them away cause I have no name recognition. ,, oh well, maybe Ill sell a couple at reenactments

Comment by Ron on April 17, 2013 at 11:51am
Well Done ,sounds goooOOOD
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on April 17, 2013 at 1:15pm

Oh heck yeah Steve I bet you could sale those easy. Especially if your sitting there picking on one. Sounds nice. I don't know what it is about your playing, maybe the tone, but the music seems to float right above the wind and sounds so peaceful.

Comment by Steve Jeter on April 17, 2013 at 1:21pm

wow thanks,, if it does , it may  be due to a simple arrangement,

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on April 17, 2013 at 2:21pm

I agree that maybe true, but man I picture lounging under some tree and and that music floating through the air along with wind through the trees. Just sounds nice. Got to get someone to video you at your reenactment. Good stuff buddy!

Comment by Strumelia on April 17, 2013 at 5:47pm

A real pleasure to listen to.    :)

Comment by Strumelia on April 17, 2013 at 7:30pm

Weren't large gourds grown in the south for various utilitarian uses other than making instruments?  Maybe large dried gourds weren't such a rare item that a person had to set about the whole process of growing one from seed just to make a banjo?  Perhaps a good subject for a discussion in the forum!   :)

Comment by James Pentecost on April 17, 2013 at 8:15pm

Wonderful sounding banjo and one of my favorite tunes. In our region (Piedmont North Carolina) gourds were grown along fence rows and in the kitchen gardens. They were still being used daily on our family farm when I was a child in the 1950s. A long handled dipper gourd always hung in the well house. We also grew bushel gourds for storage vessels and small gourds for salt containers. I still own my great grandfathers 130 year old shot gourd used to hold bird shot. Once dried they will last for generations.  


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