Here’s Bonaparte’s March, featuring a concertina player! It’s Nathan Lee McAlister, Jack and Lee Ann Sours. Anyone who has heard me play clawhammer banjo knows this is one of my fave tunes to play.
How many old time tunes have Bonaparte in the title? There’s Bonaparte’s Retreat, Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, this one, which is Bonaparte’s March and maybe more. I love this tune; I love its relentlessness, its inevitability. This is Jack Antler – Ted Myerscough on guitar… Read More
Earlier I posted a version of the Old Time tune, Bonaparte’s March, but just before that I had been having a little facebook message exchange with a guitar-picker friend of mine and he mentioned Bonaparte’s Retreat but he was really thinking of Bonaparte’s March, which… Read More
Those of you who dropped by the other night know I was foiled in my attempt to videotape more banjo practice when my trusty old point-and-shoot camera bit the dust. I was thinking today that I carry around a phone that takes pretty good pictures… Read More
I had every intention tonight of recording more banjo practice on video. Specifically I wanted to record myself playing a tune called Bonaparte’s March on clawhammer banjo. I’ve learned that recording myself is a great learning tool. It encourages me to listen carefully to how… Read More
One of the things I love about Old Time music is that songs are passed along and revitalized over time. In the pop music “business” on the other hand, every lick has to be considered “original”. How many performers have sued one another over the… Read More
My brother and I were exchanging emails about tunes in modal or “sawmill” tuning. I like a lot of the modal tunes but I don’t play them that often on clawhammer. One I particularly like is Bonaparte’s March. Here are the Indian Creek Delta Boys.… Read More
I was introduced to the tune Bonaparte’s March at the Midwest Banjo Camp last weekend, by Cathy Barton Para in a class on Midwest fiddle tunes. I haven’t been playing modal tunes much, but I love this one and I’ve been working on getting it… Read More