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The New Salem Serenaders (Paul Draper - banjo; Ron Gordon - guitar) performing at the Old Songs Sampler Concert, Voorheesville, NY, 23 Jan 2016.

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Comment by Paul Draper on January 24, 2016 at 6:06pm
The first 10 seconds or so are pretty rough due to ALAS (A Live Audience Syndrome); after that we find the groove.
Comment by Al Smitley on January 24, 2016 at 7:58pm

I didn't detect any ALAS!  I think "Anthony Street" is usually played with the high bass.  Are "St. Pat's Day" and "Fisher's" as well or isn't the fourth string played so you can get around it.  I'm too lazy to go get my banjo off the wall and find out.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 24, 2016 at 11:54pm
St pat's and fisher's are easy to play low bass, just fretting the appropriate notes. However I'm playing everything high bass here since Anthony street is easiest that way. Regarding ALAS, the thumb of my right hand felt frozen for about 10 seconds at the beginning causing me to flub a few notes of st pat's.
Comment by Al Smitley on January 25, 2016 at 5:56am

On several occasions, I've discovered my bow to be sliding off toward the scroll at the beginning of a public gig!  ALAS, what can I do?!?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on January 25, 2016 at 8:25am

It sounded great. That was a frisky tune to begin with. Was it the first of the night?

Comment by Paul Draper on January 25, 2016 at 8:55am
Yes
Comment by Chris Prieto on January 25, 2016 at 1:30pm
That was awesome! Love that banjo and really gave it to that Anthony street. And kudos to Ron, most guitar players I try to join forces with just kinda gloss over and request more modern tunage.
Comment by Paul Draper on January 25, 2016 at 2:50pm
Yeah - Ron is great. He's playing on an 1881 Martin, and he's really into the spirit of the whole thing.

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