This Saturday, July 16, I’ll be playing some old time clawhammer banjo at the Sam Smith Park Farmer’s Market between 10:00 AM and noon. The market is located by the skating trail in the park. If you’re driving, enter the park by going south from… Read More
I’ve known the tune Big Scoto or Big Scioty as a banjo tune, but I didn’t know there were lyrics. I’ve been learning it on the banjo and sometimes I like to listen to different versions when I’m trying to learn a tune, and I… Read More
Here are Clawdaddy and the Fire Ants with a fun version of Cluck Old Hen….
Here’s Clifton HIcks…
Those of you who saw my last painting exhibition may remember a painting called The Cuckoo and another called She Warbles as She Flies… The titles of those paintings come from a song often played in the clawhammer banjo style. We think of it as… Read More
I came across this performance Joe Newberry gave at the 2015 Midwest Banjo Camp. If I hadn’t broken my ankle, I would have been there to hear it live. I will be attending the 2016 camp. Mr. Newberry talks about a life changing moment and… Read More
I love this video. Occasionally I go back for another dose of it. That’s Bashful Brother Oswald singing and playing guitar. Cathy Barton Para is the clawhammer player (one of my fave players). I don’t know who the other guitar picker is. It’s backstage at… Read More
If Doc Watson were still with us, he would have turned 93 today. Doc Watson played huge role in popularizing Old Time music, and he was both a fine singer and a remarkable guitarist. I’ve known Doc Watson’s music since my teens when I used… Read More
Here’s the Gladson Family Band, performing Black-Eyed Suzie. This is an example of old time music in which there’s a bit of singing in what would otherwise be an instrumental, but not all the verses are sung.
When I left for work this morning it was raining. By the time I got there it was pouring. At lunchtime, well, it was still pouring. By the time I left work, it had stopped finally. It started raining again as I took the partners… Read More