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Nov 15, 2022 - 5:11:22 AM
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234 posts since 9/3/2022

As many of you know by now, I like all the music the world has to offer. I listened to a great podcast yesterday with Bryan Sutton that reminded me why I listen to music the way that I do. So I'd like to share some more Mack. I'd love to know how long you could take this song in...

Nov 15, 2022 - 8:44:40 AM
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799 posts since 8/6/2013

A bit confused since the vid seems to imply the group is playing an "original" tune which turned out to be Cherokee Shuffle, certainly not their own. That said the fiddle/banjo combo work well in a mostly creative interpretation of an OT tune. Well Cherokee Shuffle gets a lot of BG play these days so I guess both genres could claim it. I personally don't mind listening to stuff like this. Some may see it as a travesty.

Nov 15, 2022 - 9:07:46 AM
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6180 posts since 8/7/2009

Shame on you. You made me go and listen to other tunes by them as well.

I enjoyed the journey. Thanks.

Nov 15, 2022 - 9:09:07 AM
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672 posts since 7/30/2021

I wonder if the lack of mention of "cherokee shuffle" is a bit of YT evasiveness...the ole copyright thing?

Beautiful creative interpretation...the way they sped up together seamlessly was impressive...

Nov 15, 2022 - 9:42:27 AM



234 posts since 9/3/2022

I am also a fan of cinemaphotography so I appreciate when some videos are recorded with artistic intent.
Leftys (No Offense) always throw me RichJ I hear ya...Glad ya checked it out.
When I hear any fiddle that's tasty, I dig in. No matter where, style, position, who, what, who wrote what, however it was written, stolen, copied, you get it...I'll listen and absorb what I can! Tonight is my bluegrass jam without the best instrument in bluegrass and that's a fiddle...

Nov 15, 2022 - 10:43:20 AM
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6180 posts since 8/7/2009

Ahhh... it looks like he got his bow re-haired.  wink

I do appreciate your excitement for his music and desire to share it.  It made me go back and watch a few videos that I found a long time ago that inspired me - enough that I also shared them here on FHO.  And...  well, upon further reflection - I can say that my appreciation for Mack's  music has grown. Thanks for sharing.

I can remember how excited I was when I found Shesham and Lotus.  And then later they added "and Son" / a tuba player.   Whaa???   surprise 

yeap... old time fiddle tunes, and songs, but with a special flare. A bit unconventional, and certainly entertaining. Insanely skilled and talented. They play with reckless abandon, but they never crash.  At one time - I wanted to hunt them down and see them perform live. But, they are from Canada!  

Every once and a while - I have to go to YouTube and get a dose of their medicine. It's good for me. 

Oh yeah  - Lee - there are videos of them busking.  smiley

Speaking of busking - ...and then there is "Tuba Skinny".  goodness - certainly a New Orleans "gem" - for sure.

I know these are not exactly the same - but... if we are talking about appreciating musical talent - there is a lot out there to be admired.

I said this in your other post: 

It's just not the style of playing I want to learn in Old Time fiddle tunes.  Why?  ...just my personal taste. And I do enjoy watching folks that can "rip one off" like that ...but I don't go looking for it.

Let me make a slight clarification. "I don't go looking for it" - as source material to use for new tunes to learn. And that has more to do with my own limitations than anything else. I can't do that. So, I don't bother. 

But Steve Jones' recent quote from John Hartford is encouraging: " is built upon limitations."  So, I can hope for doing something stylish, but it won't be any of the above. blush

 why are all my posts turning into novels? (channeling pogo I guess)

Nov 16, 2022 - 4:57:28 AM
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538 posts since 9/1/2010

Great playing. I must say I'm curious as to why he is listed as Mack Shields here. In the video you posted a couple of days back he is listed as Mack Jonnson and he even says that is his name at the end of the video when the bystander asks.

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