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Vida (flute) and Paul (gourd banjo) playing Buckley's Spanish Dance arrangement (1860).

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Comment by Paul Draper on November 20, 2013 at 11:02am

This video marks my wife's first foray into Minstrel-era music!

Comment by Mark Weems on November 20, 2013 at 12:30pm

Good job. I really like flute with banjo. Do another one!

Comment by Strumelia on November 20, 2013 at 12:30pm

Oh Boy!  This is wonderful, and I just know you must be thrilled, Paul!

This is kind of what Brian and I are doing at home as you know...after we play some of our usual old-time tunes....him dipping his fiddle toes into the occasional minstrel tunes I throw at him.  There is nothing quite like working on a 'new' tune challenge together with your spouse or partner at home.  It's a wonderful way to pass the winter evenings, for sure.   :)   Maybe we should all 4 get together at some point and try out more stuff!  I'm guessing here that you are simply one step up from minstrelD/keyofG  Briggs tuning?

Comment by Paul Draper on November 20, 2013 at 2:50pm

Thanks guys.  Yes, I'm quite happy indeed!  It's great to be able to share these tunes and have a musical project to work on together, that's for sure!  And yes, I'm in the E/A tuning.  Next up sometime (hopefully) Les Sylphides and Silver Lake Waltz.  Those two work well with the flute.

Comment by Strumelia on November 20, 2013 at 2:58pm

Yes!  We have been rather obsessed with Silver Lake Waltz at home here...for several months now.    :)

Vida sounds wonderful on the flute with the gourd banjo!

We've been enjoying playing Old Joe quite a bit too lately- it's simple but satisfying for two instruments.

Comment by Al Smitley on November 20, 2013 at 3:06pm

Lets' not make that a one-time thing!

Comment by Paul Draper on November 20, 2013 at 3:17pm
I'll pass on the encouraging comments to Vida. Thanks! (yeah that Silver Lake Waltz has wormed its way into my brain. Now who do I have to thank for that I wonder?)
Comment by Strumelia on September 16, 2014 at 10:44am

Ahem.   We are waiting to see another duo video from you and Vida, Paul....    :)

Comment by Strumelia on December 28, 2015 at 2:37pm

...and still waiting....   ;)

Comment by Paul Draper on December 28, 2015 at 2:53pm
Ha ha.... Hopefully before next year is out!

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