For enthusiasts of early banjo
Big John McNeil, written by Peter Milne (1824-1908). Performed by Rob Morrison on banjo and accompanied by Joe Morrison on tambourine.
"Big John McNeil" is a Scottish dance tune written by Peter Milne (1824-1908), the brilliant fiddler and dance composer. The tune is in honor of a celebrated Scottish dancer named John McNeil in the last half of the 19th century. This adaptation is not a literal transcription of the fiddle tune, but is rather arranged in the idiomatic 19th century banjo style. The tuning and period instruments are contemporary with the composer and it's namesake. My son Joe joins me on the tambourine.--Rob Morrison.
Very enjoyable, Rob. I love the subtle tambo with it. Nothing like making home-made music with loved ones or friends!
Paul-- I'm playing a circa 1880's Haynes banjo tuned in open (or high bass) E, one step above Briggs tuning. This particular instrument sounds happiest in this tuning.--Rob
Rob-- Nice tune, well played.
Is that one of your vintage tambourines?
Jim--Yes, it's a really cool beaten up old tambourine I found in an antique shop in downtown Mebane, NC. I posted photos of it some time ago. They should be on my page. Thanks for the compliment.--Rob
Well! Nice to see you finally put a video up Rob. Let's have some more please. Each with a different banjo?
Thank you Mark. I was thinking of doing just that.--Rob
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