Monday Morning Music

Ballad in Eb for Banjo – Parke Hunter, 1876-1912 A truly unique and beautiful piece by an nearly forgotten American master.  Mel Bay Publishing has helped to keep some of these old tunes alive and in circulation.  This one comes from THE MEL BAY BANJO METHOD (5 STRING): Volume 1.  The book I started with […]

Read More Monday Morning Music

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). If you know the […]

Read More 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 […]

Read More 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.

Read More The Musician – 1887

Bagpipes Gone Baroque

As if traditional bagpiping weren’t enough, here are the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards going all Pachelbel for your listening enjoyment. 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 @itunes.

Read More Bagpipes Gone Baroque

Sunday Music

A beautiful and sentimental song by Dougie MacLean, a Scottish artist.  If you’ve never heard of him you probably know at least one of his tunes.  MacLean’s most famous piece is probably  “The Gael”, from his 1990 album The Search, which was adapted by Trevor Jones as the main theme to The Last of the […]

Read More Sunday Music