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A tune I've been working on for a few months.

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Comment by Angela M. Wellman on February 20, 2013 at 3:57pm

Those dirty Ethiopian delineators called it Kick up de Debbel on a Holiday, but I am not interested in reifying their twisted ways and so I write the name of the song in standard english, which I understand, is a reel. I am assuming it would have been played by the Black and Irish musicians who were playing a lot of music together in antebellum America. At any rate, I dig the groove, the harmony and can feel the dance in it. 



Comment by Bell Banjos on February 20, 2013 at 5:02pm

One of my favorites. You're kickin' up the devil on that one!!!!

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 20, 2013 at 5:57pm

for a split second it almost sounds like O'l Joe Clark. 

Comment by Ian Bell on February 20, 2013 at 7:25pm
I think you're right about Old Joe There may be a bit of shared DNA there.
Comment by Ian Bell on February 20, 2013 at 7:26pm
Always one of my favorite tunes. Nice attack on that!
Comment by James Hartel on February 20, 2013 at 7:52pm

Beautiful Angela!

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 20, 2013 at 9:13pm

Kickin'.....nice!

Comment by Angela M. Wellman on February 20, 2013 at 9:44pm

Thanks, everyone for your comments. Thanks, and comin' from you, Mr. Tim Twiss...WELL! I declare! I've been listening to you for a long time. and Jim Hartel, your Boucher helps. It's a beautiful instrument.

Comment by Strumelia on February 21, 2013 at 11:31am

Angela, you have given me some huge inspiration today with this.  I would die happy to be able to play this like you did here.  My own minstrel banjo is coming in the next couple of weeks, I will surely be attempting a slow version of this on it, inspired by you to kick up the Devil !

('dirty Ethiopian delineators'....sounds like a fitting subject for an original tune)

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 21, 2013 at 11:54am

Who are the Ethiopian Delineators? There are so many old Minstrel groups I am just starting to get into that history more and more. Who's was Cool White. I thought he was with a band called the Ethiopian Serenader's 

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