https://youtu.be/a4Xlyi8Is98 "I'm On My Way" from Rhiannon Giddens' album 'There is no Other' with Francesco Turrisi.
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
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 - 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
Ballad in Eb for Banjo - Parke Hunter, 1876-1912 https://youtu.be/8w2yPvmmpzU 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 … Continue reading 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
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
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.
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
Enjoy a little fiddle music to start the weekend off right. I'm stuck with snow and ice and little outdoor work is appealing today. https://youtu.be/KWMZ2dP0Eas