Tag: oldtime

favorite tunes

Sugar in the Gourd – A great fiddle tune

Today I have played some tunes from Butch Baldassari’s book 30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari – including a tune named “Sugar in the Gourd” which was fun to play.

I have looked for some youtube videos and found some great performances of this tune as well as some very old recordings like the following recorded in 1930:

SUGAR IN THE GOURD by Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen. Recorded in 1930. Good, old timey foot stompin’ hillbilly music. Enjoy!

 

Sugar in the Gourd is an oldtime tune, but it is also a tune that can be played in a bluegrass style. It is mostly played by the fiddle, the other instruments are mostly playing the acompaniment.

I recommend that you listen to my playlist and select your favorite version of the tune. The tune is a fast tune, a good tune to practice speed.

Sugar in the gourd was the song of the week in the Mandolin Cafe in May 2012 – in the thread about this tune you can find more information and other videos with mandolins.

Playlist “Sugar in the Gourd”

Sheet music

I can recommend the Butch Baldassari book – the tunes are all great to play and the CD that comes with the book helps to play the tunes properly.

You can find some free sheet music links for Sugar in the Gourd in my link collection sugar in the gourd

“30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari” (amazon partnerlink)

bluegrass

Dry And Dusty live at the Portland Oldtime Music…

I have discovered Dry and Dusty in the youtube channel Mark’s Memories and I have listened to the show they played at the Portland Oldtime Music Gathering now for several times.

Description from the Dry and Dusty facebook page

Dry and Dusty is an old-time sister duo from Bellingham and sometimes Spokane, Washington. The band is made up of Ruthie and Sally Jablonsky, who grew up playing music with their parents, hiking around in the desert singing cowboy songs, and learning the old tunes from their extended family at festivals and camps.

Dry and Dusty are playing and singing a great program of songs and instrumentals, with great harmony singing, a variety of instrumental combinations and humorous dialogs between the songs. If you like oldtime music you should watch the complete playlist.

Big Truck Driving Man is one of the great songs with mandolin and guitar accompaniment:

08 Dry And Dusty 2014-01-18 Big Truck Driving Man

Sally does also play the banjo in clawhammer style – a great example is the last song of the show:

14 Dry And Dusty 2014-01-18 Morning Bell

Playlist – Dry And Dusty live at the Portland Oldtime Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon on 1/18/2014.

Dry And Dusty live at the Portland Oldtime Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon on 1/18/2014 performing Sal, Would You Marry Me.

Sally Jablonsky: guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals
Ruthie Jablonsky: guitar, fiddle and vocals

Support the artists by seeing them live and buying their official merchandise.
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/dryanddusty http://www.bubbaguitar.com/gathering/

Set list: Sal, Would You Marry Me / Weary Blues / Chadwell’s Station / Katie Dear / Paradise / Old Granny Blair / Mean Mama / Big Truck Driving Man / Instrumental / The Dying Californian / Glitter / Jenny Baker / Maybe Someday / Morning Bell

Additional information

banjo

We Banjo 3 – Irish Banjo meets Bluegrass and…

I have just discovered We Banjo 3 – a banjo band from Ireland.

The band plays a mix of Irish music and American Old-Time and Bluegrass tunes with banjos and guitar. As the name of the band says the band has three great banjo players, Enda Scahill, Martin Howley and David Howley. Fergal Scahill adds the fiddle sound to the trio.

The first album of the band “Roots of the Banjo Tree” has got some great reviews.

We Banjo 3 – John Brown, The Lost Indian, Sail Away Ladies – from the album Roots of the Banjo Tree

We Banjo 3 – Gonna Write Me A Letter

Happiness – 2016

Playlist We Banjo 3

Website Webanjo3 : http://www.webanjo3.com/

On page “Album” and on page “Media -> Listen” you can find some free trackes to listen to, on page “Tunebook” you can find two interesting  tunebooks with some audio examples.

youtube channel Webanjo3: http://www.youtube.com/user/WeBanjo3/videos?view=0

youtube channel Enda Scahill: http://www.youtube.com/user/endascahill

Review:

Albums of the Year – We Banjo 3 / Roots of the Banjo Tree

The music being produced in this country has come of age and We Banjo 3 which consists of Enda Scahill, Martin Howley and David Howley exemplify this.  Together with special guests Fergal Scahill, Lousie Holden, Gerry O’Connor, Leon Hunt and James Blennerhassett they have created something special. A banjo inspired album has never sounded so good, so pleasing to the ear or so inventive in its approach.

Facebook webanjo3: http://www.facebook.com/webanjo3

folk

John Cohen (The New Lost City Ramblers) joins the…

A new CD with the Dust Busters has just be released by Smithsonian Folkways – a collaboration between musician and filmmaker John Cohen and the Dust Busters.

The following video presents John Cohen:

American Standard Time Presents John Cohen

In the following great animation video John Cohen tells about his first meeting with Harry Smith:

Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith

The following press release gives all the details about this new and interesting CD release:

Press Release

JOHN COHEN (THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS) JOINS THE DUST BUSTERS ON ‘OLD MAN BELOW’ OUT AUG. 14 FROM SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS RECORDINGS

On Aug. 14, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release ‘Old Man Below,’ a collaboration between Brooklyn, New York-based folk trio The Dust Busters and their mentor, folk music legend John Cohen of The New Lost City Ramblers.

The 20-song collection features old-time American folk, jug band blues, fiddle tunes, and ballads passed down through earlier generations of folk musicians and learned from 1920s and ’30s recordings. John Cohen has helped guide The Dust Busters (all in their 20s) since the group formed in 2008 and began visiting Cohen’s home in Putnam Valley, New York, to jam, cook, and soak up as much of the music and its history as possible.

“The Dust Busters start where the New Lost City Ramblers left off, evoking the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s.” – John Cohen

“The words and music in these songs reveal human stories that anyone can relate to.”
–The Dust Busters’ Eli Smith

Listen to a sneak preview of ’The Old Man Below’: http://goo.gl/6rnTu

Watch a performance of “Two Soldiers” live from the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY:

Read more “John Cohen (The New Lost City Ramblers) joins the Dust Busters on ‘Old Man Below’ – New CD Release by Smithsonian”