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From Phil Rice's Banjo Instructor, 1858. Devil's Dream / Phil Rice's Excelsior Jig / John Diamond's Walk Around. Sorry for the hiccup at 3:20!

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Comment by Paul Draper on February 2, 2017 at 11:47am
Sorry for that unpleasant mishap at 3:20 :(
Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on February 2, 2017 at 2:07pm

sort of liked the
hick up, if that is what it was. 

Comment by Paul Draper on February 2, 2017 at 2:26pm
Haha well thanks. My thumb somehow missed the string, and I made up for it...
Comment by Strumelia on February 2, 2017 at 3:40pm

This is lovely, Paul!   I love the easy tempo which really brings out the delicacy and resonance of the gourd banjer...sounds more like an akonting at this tempo IMHO. Then you kick into high gear the 'grand finale' of the runs in John Diamond's at the end.  Great set and beautifully played- very textured and allows one to ponder the sounds.

Comment by Paul Draper on February 2, 2017 at 4:22pm
Thanks Lisa
Comment by Paul Draper on February 2, 2017 at 4:23pm
Thanks Lisa
Comment by Al Smitley on February 2, 2017 at 4:52pm

Nice.  Devil's Dream as played in the instructor was always difficult.  Seemed like half way through, you'd have to lead with your thumb, then after a few bars shift back.  Anyway, are you indicating that the theme for open-mike was "Tunes from 1858"?  If so, I really like that.  I like context!

Comment by Paul Draper on February 2, 2017 at 5:22pm
You're right about devils dream, at least in my experience. And no... participation at the open mic was mostly (except for me) 20th/21st century singer-songwriter stuff. I figured I'd offer something different... Next month maybe I'll sing something 19th c.
Comment by Al Smitley on February 2, 2017 at 5:41pm

Ha!  I know what you mean.  I've been to a couple coffeehouse type things put on my "Folk" organizations, and it seemed more like a mid-60s "folk" revival with the same exact instrumental licks, etc.

Comment by Al Smitley on February 2, 2017 at 5:43pm

Oh, BTW, that was 1960s.

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