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Jim Along Jocie (Hammons) gourd banjo, fiddle

Figured I'd post this older video again, because of the gourd banjer. :)
Lisa on gourd banjo, Brian on fiddle.
Not your great great grandfather's minstrel version. lol.
I learned this banjo tune from listening to a recording of Burl Hammons of West Virginia (1908-1993). This version bears almost no resemblance to the more familiar versions of "Jim Along Josie". I like it because it is spare but has a lot going on under the surface.
I'm playing in F, 'sawmill tuning', on my pig-head gourd banjo. Brian plays fiddle tuned down.
The tune starts out a bit rough, but warms up nicely by the hearth. Sorry about the dark fireside lighting. A little home made music

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Comment by James Pentecost on November 1, 2017 at 7:54pm
Great tune! Edden Hammons is one of my favorite fiddle players.
Comment by Paul Draper on November 2, 2017 at 9:59am
Nice! Just realized this tune is similar to John Riley the Shepherd.
Comment by Strumelia on November 2, 2017 at 10:16am

Thanks guys.

I like this old video because
A) at the time I didn't know a better nighttime setting for the camera so it's very dark and atmospheric

B) it looks as though my banjo is flaming.    =8-o

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