Minstrel Banjo

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Trapdoor2 commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"I dunno. Even though I'm retired, Spring is still not a good time for me to be away from home. I tend to do most of my travelling in the Fall. I'm not sure why that is...but it kept me from AEBG when they moved it back from Sept. to…"
3 hours ago
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"Thanks, Marc. Hope to see you at the ABF rally in May?"
5 hours ago
Trapdoor2 commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"LOL, first thing I thought was "Ducks on the Pond"... Good tune, nicely played!"
9 hours ago
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"Hmm.  I thought I responded but perhaps I forgot to "Add Comment".  Yes, although "Lady of the Lake" is a prominent fiddle tune title, I never was able to get it in my head, probably because the tune always seemed to be…"
Jan 16
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Jan 16
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"Also, in the Old-time Fiddle canon there are other “Lady of the Lake”s which sound nothing like this…"
Jan 16
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"Sure sounds like it, at least in part. Guess it’s not surprising to take an already familiar melody and put a new title to it. If you listen to Henry Reed’s Ducks on the Pond, you’ll hear Lady of the Lake."
Jan 16
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Lady of the Lake

"I long thought "Santa Anna's Retreat from Cerro Gordo" merely tacked the title on to an existing tune.  Does it seem to be from the same "tune family" as "Lady of the Lake"?  Are there any earlier…"
Jan 16
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Lady of the Lake

From G. P. Knauff’s Virginia Reels, circa 1839, as arranged for the banjo and published by Mark Weems, 2019. www.earlybanjotraditions.com
Jan 15
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Unsworth’s Giggle Toot.

"Yep - my original Hartel banjo"
Jan 11
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Jan 11
Paul Draper posted a video

Unsworth’s Giggle Toot.

From Buckley, 1860. Curious name for a tune.
Jan 10
Tom Taggart liked flatfoot johnny's video
Jan 4
flatfoot johnny commented on flatfoot johnny's photo
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Tunbridgeware banjo

"Hey Paul i just uploaded a quick clip of it. Still with the old strings it came with. Two of which are gut"
Jan 3
flatfoot johnny posted a video

7 string Tunbridgeware banjo

Heres a quicky as i couldnt wait to show you all. Im just about managing to get a tune from the 7 string Tunbridgeware banjo i got recently. Having a bit of ...
Jan 3
Paul Draper commented on flatfoot johnny's photo
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Tunbridgeware banjo

"Can’t wait to hear it, johnny!"
Dec 30, 2021
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Dec 30, 2021
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Dec 30, 2021
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Dec 26, 2021
Paul Draper posted a video

Chickahominy Jig.

James Buckley, 1868. Have not played this in quite a while. The fingers still remember it, more or less.
Dec 25, 2021

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CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...

Started by Trapdoor2 in Uncategorized. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 22, 2021. 7 Replies

Japanese Grand March

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 7, 2021. 1 Reply

Blue Bell Valse - Buckley

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rob Mohr Sep 2, 2021. 8 Replies

What are you working on?

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rob Mohr Aug 14, 2021. 3 Replies

 
 
 

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