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Tim Twiss's Blog – December 2011 Archive (6)

Sweeney Set

I'm going to try and put together my "Joe Sweeney" set of tunes for my bi monthly gig at an assisted living facility. In it will be the known tunes he did (according to Bob Carlin) segued to some of the early stuff, mostly from Briggs. It should be a fun set. I have never really done a "theme" show, so it will fun to take it out and see how they lay together. I'd like to lean on a "sawbuck" like he did...but may end up standing.

Here's da lineup:

Whar Did You Come…


Added by Tim Twiss on December 30, 2011 at 8:40am — 8 Comments

Will somebody come out and play with me?

Hey, anybody want to explore Picayunne Butler this week. I am geeked on the idea of following the new sheet music. Instrumental or vocal, this is one of our gems....in the top 5 of Maher's playbill frequency.

Added by Tim Twiss on December 19, 2011 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

First Chord of "A Hard Days Night"

This has been beat to death on the internet, but so very cool to share. Do we have an "Off Topic" category here...? No, but here it is anyway. Enjoy the enthusiasm of Randy Bachman describing this magic moment.

Added by Tim Twiss on December 17, 2011 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Hey Al, how's your flower?

Did you "plant" your bulb  from the Arts and Greens?

Added by Tim Twiss on December 16, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments


Hey John, want to do this again? So many to pick from...especially with the Glee Book available. It does not have to be a vocal tune. I know Clarke has done "Clare De Kitchen" a lot...this is a good candidate, and another one of those very early ones. The lyrics are classic. It would also make a really good Stroke instrumental. 

Added by Tim Twiss on December 11, 2011 at 12:31pm — 14 Comments


Okay, hang in there with me. I am trying one from each of the different sections in the Lawrence Leadley fiddle collection. As was indicated by our early masters, adapting fiddle repertoire is fair game for adding banjo material-so stay on the lookout. The well is deep. 

Added by Tim Twiss on December 3, 2011 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment


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