Bach Cello Suite, Prelude

On a Cello Banjo no less! I gotta say, I'm not sure I've ever seen a Cello-size Banjo before but I like it! Robby Faverey has some amazing talent and I hope you check out more of his work on YouTube. https://youtu.be/CSUUajaRdzM ENJOY! If you are still interested at this point, check out more about … Continue reading Bach Cello Suite, Prelude

Music – Subterranean Homesick Blues

https://youtu.be/MGxjIBEZvx0 I was born the year after the release of the above film (yes film) for the album Bringing it All Back Home.  And yes, I'm giving away my age for free.  Somehow, this song has always hung in my memory and one of the albums I would listen to regularly through the 1980s was … Continue reading Music – Subterranean Homesick Blues

Eighth of January

The Battle of New Orleans, 8 January 1815 - "On January 8, 1815, Major General Andrew Jackson led a small, poorly-equipped army to victory against eight thousand British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. The victory made Jackson a national hero. Although the American victory was a big morale boost for the young nation, … Continue reading Eighth of January

Wintergatan – ex Machina

Wintergatan - Music, Machines and Homemade Music Instruments from Sweden! I have a fondness for Rube Goldberg machines and clever design.  If it is something that actually makes music as well, then I'm all for it.  After watching this video I felt a need to find out more so exploring I went.  It was a … Continue reading Wintergatan – ex Machina

The Lads O The Fair

I found this video over at the Scotianostra Tumblr so thought I'd add a bit to it.  The Battlefield Band has been part of my life for decades.  I particularly appreciated their sentiment of "Home is where the Van is..." Happy Birthday local Bairn, Brian McNeill born on April 6th 1950 in Falkirk. Brian was … Continue reading The Lads O The Fair

Swallowtail Jig

Since my playing time is very limited I've learned to connect with other musicians via the internet.  Having a great selection of "Play Along" tunes lined up on YouTube has really helped me out, especially when trying to keep up or understand variations in a tune.  There are so many great garage artists out there … Continue reading Swallowtail Jig

Albannach – The Scotsmen

I'm a sucker for this music and it brings out a load of primal feelings for me.  Presenting Albannach, and I recommend setting your speakers to eleven and letting letting it pour over you.  Have a glass of something good and enjoy the upcoming weekend. https://youtu.be/2DF-pIojGME

More Cigar Box Guitar

Greg, over at Hillbilly Daiku is always posting great stuff.  There is too much good information out there and not enough time to take it all in while still leading a creative and fulfilling life so it takes me a while to catch up.  I was just reading this excellent post about something dear to … Continue reading More Cigar Box Guitar

Monday Morning Music

A little cowboy movie music isn't a bad thing.  Hollywood has produced some good music with the vast resources it has at its disposal.  Here is a link to My Rifle, My Pony, and Me / June Apple from the film Rio Bravo (the hot links will take you to lyrics). https://youtu.be/v2ssbgThljU If you know … Continue reading Monday Morning Music

Classical Time – for the Banjo-ista

I should say it's Classic Banjo Time. The modern banjo has ancient roots and shares much with it's African antecedents.  Its connection to the lute family along with the whole array of drum-headed cousins crossed many lost cultural boundaries in ancient times.  This makes it the perfect candidate for bridging musical genres and styles, from … Continue reading Classical Time – for the Banjo-ista

The Musician – 1887

By Léon François Comerre, French Academic School.  I think this familiar looking instrument comes from Africa via the Arabic world and is generally called a tanbūr. A sort of distant uncle to the modern banjo, America's African instrument. The only thing missing is the drone string.

Traveling Music; Tale of a Thrift Store Treasure

Danger, geek stuff ahead as I share a little story from last week... Recently, on my occasional foray into our local charity shop I saw something mysterious.  I'm not much of a shopper but before I was even certain as to what this fellow was, I was pretty sure I needed to possess it.  Knowing … Continue reading Traveling Music; Tale of a Thrift Store Treasure

Cigar Box Guitar God?

I saw this link this morning on C.B, Gitty's music crafters' supply blog.  A video of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven arranged and played by Charles Atchison.  Atchison is a remarkably talented musician and general polymath.  Definitely worth checking out. https://youtu.be/IJg_-rD_bug If you are looking for a resource on instrument building he also has an … Continue reading Cigar Box Guitar God?

Bagpipes Gone Baroque

As if traditional bagpiping weren't enough, here are the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards going all Pachelbel for your listening enjoyment. https://youtu.be/xod2ZDzUR8U A view of the amazing Scottish country of Scotland. All these photo's were taken by friends on the Isle Of Skye. Accompanied by the music Canon by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Music Available … Continue reading Bagpipes Gone Baroque

Distracted and Sidetracked More Than Usual

As if I didn't have enough irons in the fire... I decided to make (and learn) a new instrument this summer; a three-string cigar box guitar.  It took a few weekends to get it right; figure out the design, apply a finish, and re-work a few details in the setup before I was pleased with … Continue reading Distracted and Sidetracked More Than Usual

Woody, Pete, and Some Hand-Made Music

"What are ears? What is Time? that this particular series of sounds called a strain of music, … can be wafted down through the centuries from Homer to me, and he have been conversant with that same aerial and mysterious charm which now so tingles my ears? What a fine communication from age to age, … Continue reading Woody, Pete, and Some Hand-Made Music

Home Grown Music

As an undaunted woodworker I have made most of my musical instruments over the years.  I could never justify purchasing a high-end, high-quality instrument but I could make a reasonable proxy.  My interest has been rekindled in the last couple years, making my third banjo for myself and reviving one of the mountain dulcimers as … Continue reading Home Grown Music

Raw and Gritty, Real Blues is Alive and Well

And this is just one facet of this all American genre. https://youtu.be/mZDH7C8N7LE "The blues used to be dangerous, then it got packaged into an adult contemporary box and organized into TAB charts. Luckily, nobody has passed any laws demanding pure traditionalism. I’d rather be a blues liar. You are more than a guitarist. You are … Continue reading Raw and Gritty, Real Blues is Alive and Well