Little Things Mean A Lot

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Hi Patrick, Hope you are all well. I’ve been working up a version of an old song from the fifties that has been covered by heaps of artists, ‘Little things mean a lot’ Just thought I would send it on to you to share and maybe raise a smile. We will try it at our next Catherine Wheel pub gig, …

Joe & Rosa Hopkins

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Joe and Rosa Hopkins, a really nice couple we met at the Banjo Fun Day workshop up in Pennsylvania, dropped us a note announcing the release of their new CD titled Give Me A Song To Sing. You can check out the whole album on SoundCloud. It is also available on Amazon and CD Baby.

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree

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Bj√∂rn in Sweden writes: Hello! I am a beginner on the banjo and would love to play clawhammer. Have bought a banjo high quality and was wondering what you recommend for strings. I want the sound to be big and dark when I play along with guitar and piano. I do not play with a plectrum but with the nail. …

The Carolina Breakdown

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Josh sent me this audio file of his guitar playing and I just had to share it with you. It’s really good stuff! Josh writes: I started to play Etta Baker’s old tune and then it got out of hand and I had to stop myself. Download WMA file.

Dang Me

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Hi Patrick, Seems I’m running about 3 months behind on the lessons these days. Hah! I finally did something with the 3/4 time. I heard George Cessna’s cover of this Roger Miller song. Seems perfect for the banjo. Hope you like – it’s a sad song with silly lyrics. My cup of tea. -Steve

Johnny Borrell’s Banjo

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A few months ago, Johnny Borrell mentioned me in The Guardian. Apparently he had taken up the banjo and was watching me on YouTube. While it was cool getting a mention, the teacher in me has fretted ever since concerning how he is coming along with the old five-string. Not because of his pop-start status – that means little to me. …