Tag: banjo


The Purple Hulls – Great Bluegrass Trio – BanjoBen

The Purple Hulls is the name of a young trio with Ben Clark and his sisters Penny and Katy. I enjoyed the videos of this group very much. The Purple Hulls are playing traditional bluegrass and own compositions in the traditional bluegrass style. Ben Clark lives in Nashville and has already played with stars like Taylor Swift.

Ben Clark writes about himself on his homepage:

I am a professional musician and songwriter…originally from East Texas, now out of Nashville, TN. I moved here in the fall of ’04 and have been blessed enough to make a living. I’ve played piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and fiddle for numerous country artists such as Matt Jenkins, Lila McCann, Josh Gracin, Craig Morgan, and most recently Taylor Swift. I’ve recently signed a publishing deal, along with my two sisters, at Sony here in Nashville. We’re excited to be writing for our first country project!

Gold Rush by The Purple Hulls

This is our version of Gold Rush. I’m on the mandolin, my twins sis is on banjo, and my older brother Ben is on guitar.

Playlist The Purple Hulls

Enjoy the The Purple Hulls!

youtube channel of BanjoBenClark:http://www.youtube.com/user/BanjoBen1

Homepage Banjo Ben | Banjo Ben Clark | Home | Online Banjo, Guitar & Mandolin Instruction: http://www.banjobenclark.com/

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The Red Hook Ramblers – Dixieland Jazz Band from…

Today I decided to listen to the latest podcast of the

Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC


On February 8th the Red Hook Ramblers – a Brooklyn based Dixieland band – played live in this show – some really great dixieland music. You can download this as a podcast, as mp3 or listen to it as streaming audio.

The Antique Phonograph Music Program is a weekly show with original music played from Edison cylinders and 78 records on original phonographs – but from time to time there are visitors to the show like the Red Hook Ramblers who play music live or talk about the old records with the host Mac.

On the Red Hok Ramblers’ homepage I have found the following information:

Originating in one of Brooklyn’s oldest seaside neighborhoods, the The Red Hook Ramblers were formed in 2005 by friends who share a passion for classic jazz. Over several months, the group’s performances built out from kitchen jams to regular gigs at Sunny’s Bar, Red Hook’s famous mariner’s haunt, and their repertoire came to encompass a wide range of early jazz songs and styles, learned by studying recordings dating from the 1890s to the late 1930s. Blues, ragtime, spirituals, New Orleans ensemble playing, Chicago-style soloing, and a number of New York’s Tin Pan Alley and Harlem “jungle” tunes all mixed in to make the Red Hook Ramblers an “all-things traditional jazz” unit.

The Red Hook Ramblers are:
Jason Benjamin – Cornet, Vocals
Chris Cortier – Trombone, Vocals
Curt Garey – Drums
Chris Johnson – Banjo, Piano, Vocals
Joe Keady – Tuba
Janelle Reichman – Clarinet

The Red Hook Ramblers have just produced a new CD which will be presented in a CD release party on Feb. 19th.

I have found a nice video from a local tv program:

The Red Hook Ramblers: NB Best of Music

Presentation of the Red Hook Ramblers by BKindependent TV

Red Hook Ramblers play “Darktown Strutters Ball”

Here are Brooklyn’s very own Red Hook Ramblers performing a classic tune from the roaring ’20s.

That’s A-Plenty

The Red Hook Ramblers, perform “That’s A-Plenty,” written in 1917.

(Jethro Burns played this tune too on his mandolin…)

Additional Information

Homepage: http://www.redhookramblers.com/

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/redhookramblers

Another broadcast of the Antique Phonograph Music Program took place in 2007, it can also be found here: http://wfmu.org/playlists/AP – November 6, 2007 | with Diixeland Jass band, “The Red Hook Ramblers”


Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko – Banjo and Kora

The Canadian musician Jayme Stone has travelled to Mali to research the history and origins of the banjo in Africa. There he met Mansa Sissoko, a “griot” and storyteller.

In this concert of the CBC you can hear both musicians together – creating something new from two different cultures.

Jayme Stone / Mansa Sissoko at Nuits D’Afrique 2009

Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko @ Claudia Cassidy Theater 092308

Playlist Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko

Concert on Demand – CBC:

Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko at the Calgary Folk Music Festival 2008

Canadian musician Jayme Stone went to Mali in search of the roots of the banjo. It was there that he met kora player Mansa Sissoko, a renowned “griot” – a musician and storyteller who helps to hand the songs down from the previous generation to the next.

Jayme and Mansa collaborated together and this concert is the result of the blending of two cultures into something new.

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Additional information

Wikipedia about the kora: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kora_%28instrument%29

Homepage about the kora: http://www.kora-music.com/

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BBC Virtual Session – Learn Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes…

If you play with a band its much mor fun to lear new tunes. If you want to learn some Irish jigs, reels or hornpipes on your mandolin, tin whistle, banjo, guitar or accordeon you can find a great resource at the BBC – the Virtual Session.

BBC Virtual Session: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/r2music/folk/sessions/

You can find sets of 2 or 3 pieces, each piece is played three times, at the same time the melody is displayed as sheet music. So just switch on your PC, start the Virtual Session, select the set you want to practice – and play!

It is also possible to print the melodies of a set.

It is also possible to use the virtual session for youtube videos – I have found several nice examples. Let’s start with two videos with a tin whistle:

Three Slip Jigs played on Penny (Tin) Whistle

Three slip jigs – Fox Hunters, Johnny Docherty’s and the Butterfly recorded on penny whistle using the virtual session backing track from the BBC website.

The Boys of Ballymote on penny (tin) whistle

The Boys of Ballymote recorded on penny whistle using the virtual session backing track from the BBC website. For information on how I did this recording see my video of the Rambing Pitchfork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQrpgX…

Now one example with a mandolin:

The Sliver Spear Reel on the Mandolin

The Sliver Spear is a great Celtic fiddle tune certainly an exciting reel. It is a familiar tune that has been recorded by many groups and has always been a favorite of mine. Here I play along with the version recorded on the BBC virtual sessions and it is in the key of D. I find it easier to keep the tempo nice and ever if I have a rhythm and base line to go by. This version is just a bit faster than I am comfortable with and I did produce a few obvious clams while making the recording. Sorry about that.
Played on a 1920 Gibson F 2 mandolin

More videos that used the BBC Virtual Session: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bbc+%22virtual+session%22&aq=f