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Dan Gellert

United States
309 posts
since 6/26/07

04/26/2017 10:47:09 View Dan Gellert's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

 

 

https://brinecollector.bandcamp.com/album/cat-town

Check it out.

Lonesome Fiddler

1006 posts since 12/11/08

04/26/2017 12:46:23View Lonesome Fiddler's MP3 Archive View Lonesome Fiddler's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Wonderful.  A treat.

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Gareth Bjaaland

Australia
73 posts since 12/29/08

04/26/2017 17:14:09View Gareth Bjaaland's MP3 Archive View Gareth Bjaaland's Photo Albums View Gareth Bjaaland's Blog Reply with Quote

good stuff

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Cyndy

2210 posts since 10/6/08

04/27/2017 01:01:39View Cyndy's MP3 Archive View Cyndy's Photo Albums View Cyndy's Blog Reply with Quote

My copy arrived in the mail yesterday!

But, I've been listening to it on Bandcamp. The groove is so satisfyingly perfect.

There's just one thing I'd change. I really want liner notes. :)

I'm drawn to "Untitled Tune" and I'd like to know something about it.

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bubbaschnell

United States
201 posts since 1/29/08

04/27/2017 20:30:08View bubbaschnell's MP3 Archive View bubbaschnell's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

It's got a nice lope to all of it.

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RobBob

United States
2484 posts since 6/26/07

04/28/2017 08:09:59View RobBob's MP3 Archive View RobBob's Photo Albums View RobBob's Blog Reply with Quote

Ok Dan, please tell us about this fiddler and why you chose to put our banjo on his recording.  He sounds older with his note choice, tone and intonation and the tune choice reflects someone who has been around and played with various styles of music.

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Dan Gellert

United States
309 posts since 6/26/07

04/30/2017 18:12:21 View Dan Gellert's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

 

Took me a couple of minutes of puzzling over "our banjo"-- (... How'd he know what banjo I was playing..??.  pretty sure he never owned it, and know he didn't make it..  Does he think I stole it???.) 

DUH...  it's just missing an initilal "y"...! 

Henry does sound way older than his (29!) years, doesn't he?   And he doesn't sound like he started out as a violinist, either, but he did, though I think he was also playing fiddle from early on, contest style as well as more old time stuff.  He's a student of West Virginia master fiddler Bobby Taylor.

I recorded that CD and played on it because it was fun and relatively easy, and because Henry's fiddling ought to get heard more.  Deb and I just plain enjoy playing with him, and until recently he lived in Columbus, about an hour's drive from here.  He was talking about recording (and the expense and hassles of studio time), so I offered to get out the gear I had going to waste in my basement and try cutting a few tracks, along with providing the rhythm section.   We managed to get enough for a disc.  Henry put the jacket together and got it pressed.

As for the untitled tune, it is Henry's take on a bluegrass tune which I'd imagine is under copyright, but it's altered enough from the original that it might as well be either traditional or Henry's own.  I suggested that he come up with his own title, but he chose to leave it without one. 

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Brendan Doyle

United States
180 posts since 6/25/07

04/30/2017 21:44:29View Brendan Doyle's MP3 Archive View Brendan Doyle's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Ah! The Bobby Taylor/West Virginia connection makes sense to me - as soon as I heard the first phrase of "Goin' Downtown'", I thought, "Wilson Douglas!" I never would have guessed that Henry was only 29. Great stuff! And terrific accompaniment, though I'd like to hear more banjo, especially considering who's playing it! :-)

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RobBob

United States
2484 posts since 6/26/07

05/01/2017 06:09:43View RobBob's MP3 Archive View RobBob's Photo Albums View RobBob's Blog Reply with Quote

I agree with your assessment Brendan .  The "out of tuneness" of Goin' Downtown has that intentional dissonance that marks Douglas' fiddling.  The notey reading of other tunes is directly from Bobby and the tendency to include bluegrass numbers reflects Bobby's influence as he has walked both sides of that street.

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