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

Wandering Minstral

Here is a painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893) of an itinerant fiddler playing for a family in a Scottish lane probably trying to make enough money to eat or maybe even receive some food for his entertainment.  I can't help but think the father looking out has a skeptical look; possibly wondering … Continue reading Wandering Minstral

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

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.

Making a Spanish Guitar in the 21st Century

My friend Bob sent me a link to an excellent video documenting the construction of a Spanish (i.e. Classical) Guitar.  The man is obviously a real craftsman with a purpose-built shop and this is definitely not a one-off project.  If you are like me and like to see how things are made, this half hour … Continue reading Making a Spanish Guitar in the 21st Century

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

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

The Blind Fiddler

"An itinerant fiddler is playing for a humble country family. David Wilkie focuses on the listeners’ different expressions. Only two people seem to respond to the music: the baby and the boy on the right, who is imitating the fiddler by playing the bellows.When this picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy some critics thought … Continue reading The Blind Fiddler

The Unlikely Banjoist

A post I've been hanging onto; a bit off-topic, personal, and possibly without any point. I am an unlikely banjoist.  I got a very cheap banjo when I was 14 years old but didn't find a teacher.  I took a couple lessons from uninspired twenty-somethings but didn't get much from them.  Fortunately, this didn't stop … Continue reading The Unlikely Banjoist

Romany Rai

Romano Rai (Romany Rye) (Traditional, English) I'm a Romano Rai, just an old didikai, I build all my temples beneath the blue sky, I live in a tent and I don't pay no rent, and that's why they call me the Romano Rai. Didi-a-didi-a-didi-di-kai, chavves, Tika-dika-tika-a-lai Your Daddus tryin' to sell a mush a kushto … Continue reading Romany Rai

Handcrafts

Some craftsmanship seen at Winter Count 2014.  Moving a little closer to a hand-made life, one skill at a time. Hand made pottery made by artisans who collect the raw clays, slips, and paints make for greatly loved cookware and cups.  Wood turned on a foot-powered lathe from cleared alder trees make for intimate dinnerware. … Continue reading Handcrafts

Banjo redo

Last winter I had an important epiphany about myself as a musician.  I am under nor delusion that I will ever be more than a closet or campfire player.  For me, for now, that's going to have to be good enough.  Although I love the fiddle more than any other instrument, I went back to … Continue reading Banjo redo

Scotland!

As if she needed to advertise.  A wonderful place. A great video on Vimeo and music by Clanadonia. http://vimeo.com/35916887 Scotland.org and Blipfoto present 1,507 entries, 715 photos, 32 countries, 2 months between St Andrew's Day 2011 and Burns Night 2012. The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, would like to thank everyone who took part … Continue reading Scotland!