For enthusiasts of early banjo
This is a casual home recording of Joe Ayers' arrangement of the classic early minstrel song, Boatman's Dance, published by Dan Emmett in 1843. Before studyi...
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Nice version......and very nice and interesting things done on the fiddle, behind it all.
Standard tuning, I believe he just slid up to second position to put it in the minor key.
Tim - I was saying that Joe was a blues musician way before he ever got into banjo, and that background really comes out in this version.
It was very good. That key with what it offers on the banjo works out really well. It seemed a natural fit...very cool. Shade of the minor "Blue Tail Fly"......I like the way the soulful lyrical line is not totally pinned down.
Wonderful rendition! Is that Joe Ayers on the cover of National Geographic?
Yeah. June 1987 issue. Believe it or not, in Virginia, Joe is actually more well known as the founder of the annual Batteau Festival (a race of antebellum pole-boating reenactors) than as an early banjo player!
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