Happy New Ubuntu Day!

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Ubuntu 14.10, code-named Utopic Unicorn, was released today – just a few days after the Linux distribution’s tenth birthday. http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/10/ubuntu-14-10-release-download-now I am downloading the ISO image for the Ubuntu Gnome release as I write this. Joy! I think every folk musician should become at least a little bit comfortable working with Linux. Why? Because Linux is the software equivalent of a …

Goodbye, Stan Jay

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Stan Jay, owner of Mandolin Brothers, passed away on Wednesday morning. http://bluegrasstoday.com/stan-jay-passes/ Mandolin Brothers was a special place. That’s where Dear Old Dad bought my beloved Dobro 33H . . . what a day that was. You will be missed, Stan. Godspeed. Here is an interview and shop tour we did with Stan back in 2000 for The Down Neck …

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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Björn 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.