News from the ABC this morning reveals that John Kane and Ian Simpson have released an album of banjo tunes today.
Ian Simpson and John Kane are two of Australia’s most accomplished musicians. On this new CD they bring you the most loved and famous banjo tunes from the much maligned instrument’s vast and growing repertoire.
Tunes on this CD range from Foggy Mountain Breakdown and Cripple Creek to Scott Joplin classics The Entertainer and The Maple Leaf Rag. Even the music of Beethoven and Bach is given new life by this most enigmatic of instruments.
We have seen it in the chart-topping success of groups like Mumford & Sons proudly brandishing banjos as symbols of their rustic masculinity. It appears in the thousands of YouTube videos and popular comedians Steve Martin and Billy Connolly are both accomplished banjoists. There is no escaping it, this instrument is well and truly part of popular culture and it’s here to stay.
The banjo’s magical charms are impossible to deny.
We will be in Sydney doing some media around the weekend of the 18th September, and a few days either side. We will also be doing a gig at the The Guitar Factory in Gladesville, Sydney on one of the days in this period. More info later. We are still looking for another gig whilst Ian is over from Perth – John Kane.
|1. Cripple Creek
2. Dueling Banjos
3. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
4. Eighth of January
5. The Ballad of Jed Clampett
6. Turkey in the Straw
7. Dixie Breakdown
8. Ragtime Medley: The Entertainer / Maple Leaf Rag
9. Old Joe Clark
10. Buffalo Gals
|11. Devil’s Dream
12. She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain
13. Flop Eared Mule / Buckin’ Mule
14. Blackeyed Suzie
15. Bugle Call Rag
16. Cluck Old Hen
17. Red Bird
18. Cumberland Gap
19. Classical Medley: Fer Elise / Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
20. Earl Scruggs Medley: Earl’s Breakdown /Dear Old Dixie / Flint Hill Special