Here’s me attempting to play a strange little old time tune called Greasy Coat. This is in A-modal or sawmill tuning, and as usual I’m playing clawhammer, which is the only way I know how to play.
There is a fiddle tune called Spotted Pony or The Spotted Pony, normally played in the key of D, which seems to be pretty common among old time players. I had heard a different Spotted Pony, a Missouri tune played in A, on a recording… Read More
This weird and hypnotic minor key tune is called 41st Ave. Unlike many of the tunes I like to play, this one is not really old – it’s a contemporary tune. I learned it in a workshop taught by Cathy Barton Para at this year’s… Read More
I recorded a bit of banjo practice today on my iphone. This is a tune called Big Sciota, except when it’s called Big Scioty, or Big Scioto. Whatever you want to call it, the c is silent. This tune is named after a river in… Read More
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