For enthusiasts of early banjo
This tune was an important part of early American music...c. 1830's. It's content and construction were an influence upon Minstrel tunes to come, with its floating verses, animal imagery, and references to river life.
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Good song, and what a fine performance! I really like the way the banjo steps in and out of the spotlight - not to mention the "soft shoe" percussion on the skin.
Ah ha !!! The banjo IS a percussive instrument!! The song's great.
Very different from my version. I'll record as soon as my voice comes back. This is one nasty cold.
I'll look forward to your version John. I am glad it is different...these are good opportunities for creative yet appropriate ways of thinking about this material. Immersion therapy for tunes.
This is terrific. :)
I like the feel, The cadence has a a historical and accurate feel to it. If that makes any sense. Well done!
Thank you. There are often fermatas written into the music (such was the case here) and it does give one cause to experiment with the phrasing...making the chorus a jolly driving melody. Perhaps the verse with it's phrasing lent itself to theatrical expression in the early minstrel show.
Most definitely a strong interpretation. I liked it.
Tim I am new and just checking out videos, I like this one. What tuning are you in and what are the cords you are using. I am waiting for my first period banjo and would like to learn this . thanks for sharing.
Tuned "Briggs"...dGDF#A Chords are G and D
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