A check-in on the Banjo versus TV project — J.R.'s ongoing plan to spend more time on his banjo than on TV. This post covers 7/12/2009 through 7/18/2009.
I took a 5-string stroll into the land of 4-string banjos by attending the Fretted Instrument Guild of America's annual convention, held this year in Peoria, Illinois.
We 5-string banjos were outnumbered by a hundred-to-one-ish, so there wasn't much bluegrass to be heard. But there was lots of Tin Pan Alley. For example, I joined the Off-the-Street Band and played along with:
- In the Good Old Summertime in Bb (1902: George Evans & Ben Shields)
- By the Light of the Silvery Moon in C (1909: Gus Edwards & Edward Madden)
- Shine on Harvest Moon in G (1908: Nora Bayes & Jack Norworth)
- For Me and My Gal in G (1917: George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie & E. Ray Goetz)
- Cruising Down the River in F(1945: Eily Beadell & Nell Tollerton)
It was a lot of fun. Big thanks go out to my friend Bill Ihnow for getting me connected to this event.
Also in the last week:
- I purchased the Bare Hand Jug Band's CD, "Always a Bridesmaid".
- I've been working on Foggy Mountain Breakdown. A lot.