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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering - June 2015

Well, here goes... my first attempt playing in a public setting... at the Dunker Church at AEBG .. the audience was very kind! ;o}
Thanks to Jared Denhard for getting me up there...

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Comment by Jared Denhard on June 30, 2015 at 5:32pm

It was hot as hell, though.

Comment by Tom Taggart on July 1, 2015 at 1:20am

Sounds great! Congrats on your first public performance.

Comment by Al Smitley on July 1, 2015 at 11:23am

Oh, and Greg, you should get an "honorable mention" for your cool, calm insertion of a substitute banjo!

Comment by Jared Denhard on July 1, 2015 at 11:32am

Above and beyond!

Comment by Strumelia on July 1, 2015 at 2:05pm

This was fabulous!   Barb- TROPHY AWARD for keeping cool and keeping on despite all the challenges there!  It sounded great!!

One comment- something I've taken to heart for myself is that if you are lucky enough to have a good percussionist like tambo or bones or a talented 'bootist'... it's a good opportunity to let them lead the tempo and let them keep it steady.  You guys did plunge ahead of Greg, who was steady on the bones, and that was the only mildy disconcerting feel- that it kept getting rushed and Greg had to keep speeding up to keep up with the banjos.  Or was this intentional?

Barbara- that's right where I sat with my limberjack last year, in my first (and I guess last?) Dunker Church performance as well.    :)

Comment by Scott Miller on July 1, 2015 at 4:51pm

Percussion might set the beat in Rock and some other musical genres. But in the world of traditional music (i.e. minstrel, old-time, ragtime, blues, cajun, Irish and such), the best bet for percussion is to follow the lead melody player.

Comment by Strumelia on July 1, 2015 at 5:03pm

Hmm... I better tell that to all the oldtime banjo, guitar, and bass players I know... so many of them seem to have the idea they need to lead the beat over the fiddler.    ;D

Comment by Scott Danneker on July 1, 2015 at 5:31pm

Barbara, whenever an audience was present at Appomattox my fingers didn't work at all and thus remained stationary throughout.   Someday I will hopefully be able to perform as well as you.  Congratulations & Cheers, -Scott Danneker

Comment by Tim Twiss on July 1, 2015 at 7:41pm

I especially enjoyed this year...LOTS of playing plus real interesting and diverse workshops. The barn is hard to beat...crazy rustic and comfortable.

Comment by Al Smitley on July 1, 2015 at 8:05pm

I agree.  I can't really imagine a better venue!


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