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The King is Gone

Friday, March 30, 2012

The King of the 5 string banjo is gone.  He was a benevolent King, not master and lord but teacher and guide. Anyone who starts to play  a 5 string Banjo will hear a  whispered voice within the strings singing  "Long live the King."

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Playing Since: 2007
Experience Level: Novice

Interests:
[Jamming] [Socializing]

Occupation: teacher, actor

Gender: Male
Age: 62

My Instruments:
a German violin Ton Klar made by Dancla and a Stelling Red Fox 5 string banjo

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Tony Ellis, Zan Macleod, Erynn Marshall,Chris Coole, Alan Munde, Tom Adams, Matt Combs,April Verch, Gene Elder, The Duhks, Crooked Still, Tim O'Brien, The Greencards, Alison Krouse, Donna The Buffalo, Dirk Powell, Jerry Garcia, Steve Barr

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Created 2/3/2009
Last Visit 2/9/2013

I am new to the violin and enjoy Celtic type tunes. I play a little banjo and write tunes for banjo and violin/cello. I would say that I come closer to people like John Hartford on the banjo rather than Ralph Stanley. I love Tony Ellis tunes with the double C tuning as used by players like Steve Martin as well. I have two young children and live with them and my wife in Southwest, Va. I am an Actor and also a university part-time teacher. I sing in musical productions and in my church choir. There isn't a day that goes by where there isn't music playing in my house from classical to old time mountain to folk to jam band. My kids dance to tunes being played most Saturday mornings in the kitchen while I cook breakfast. We play a lot of Donna the Buffalo on those mornings.

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