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Down the River I go

Here are Cathy Barton and Dave Para performing Down the River I go at the 29th Annual Lupus Chilifest, October 16, 2010. I found this on the YouTuber. I love the exuberance of this performance. Cathy Barton’s banjo bounces along like a boat shooting a rapids.

She does something in her playing I’ve never seen any other players do – she performs a roll with the pinky of her right hand. At best, it’s hard to see what clawhammer players are doing with their right hand when they’re going full tilt, but once you hear the sweeping roll, watch her hand in the video.

A lot of old time players play open back banjos these days, but Cathy Barton plays a beautiful old Ode resonator banjo. These two have been playing together for a very long time, and it shows in the way the guitar and banjo are interwoven together.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I’m hoping Cathy and Dave will be back at the Midwest Banjo Camp in 2016. I took some of Cathy’s classes in 2014. I know they weren’t there this year, and I missed it as well, but I plan to attend the next camp in June.

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