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For enthusiasts of early banjo

Direct inspiration for this one comes from Mark Weems and the Old Jonny Booker Band. My rendition here pales in comparison to theirs! I learned it from Mark's book "The Music of Old Joe Sweeny".

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Comment by Mark Weems on November 24, 2014 at 9:56am

Great! It's one of our favorites from his repertoire as well.

Comment by Mark Weems on November 25, 2014 at 9:52pm

A few people have asked why I changed the usual spelling of "Sweeney" to "Sweeny" on my book. Here are my reasons. 1) Almost all the early accounts have it spelled "Sweeny". 2) The sheet music says "Sweeny" on it. 3) Third, and most importantly, we actually have his own handwritten signature, as found on the sheet music for Lucy Long, and that is the way he spelled it. Good enough for me!  

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on January 24, 2015 at 11:12pm

enjoyed your playing and helps me because I am going to attempt to learn it.  I like the other verson better so don't know which I will attempt to play. 


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