Mug of Brown Ale

  1. James Rankine
    James Rankine
    I've been a bit quiet round here lately because I've been too busy playing my new Capek tenor banjo. Folk round here will know he makes a fine mandolin - well his banjos aren't bad either!
    A fine jig I learned from our local session.

  2. woodenfingers
    woodenfingers
    Hey James, Great sounding banjo and great playing too! I know that jig from somewhere and thanks to you I now know its name!!
  3. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Very good sound and fine picking on this, James. Lovely clean delivery!
  4. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Great tune, wonderful playing, georgeous banjo, & a knockout video!
  5. Marcelyn
    Marcelyn
    I love tenor banjos, and that one sounds especially nice. Glad to hear you're enjoying it so well. What a fun tune!
  6. JL277z
    JL277z
    Excellent! I love the sound. Great banjo pickin', good foot-tapping rhythm, wonderful!

    And I like your choice of backing too, I don't know if you're playing the backing yourself or if it's a track, but either way I think it's the perfect choice of sound for this tune, it does the accompaniment wonderfully without trompling all over the melody or being 'too' chordy. Just perfect.

    Hauntingly beautiful. I could listen to this type of wonderful music for hours.
  7. James Rankine
    James Rankine
    Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

    JL, I played the accompaniment myself on bouzouki. Not "too chordy" is what I aim for, and now I have a phrase to articulate my approach so thanks for that.
  8. Robert Balch
    Robert Balch
    I really like the "not too chordy" sound of this too. Great job James.
    I have recently started playing this jig and it has quickly become one of my favorites.
  9. jonny250
    jonny250
    very nice! that banjo is quite smooth [as is your playing] really nice tone.
  10. gortnamona
    gortnamona
    thanks for sharing and introducing me to this one James, well played and you've got yourself a great sounding banjo there. thought i would have a go at it on the octave , though its sounds a little pedestrian beside your banjo version

  11. woodenfingers
    woodenfingers
    Very nice picking there Gortnamona and a nice sounding octave mando too.
  12. Bertram Henze
    Bertram Henze
    I totally missed out on this one. Congrats on the new black machine James, displayed with what I suspect to be an irresponsibly expensive pick
    Lawrence's rendition may be pedestrian (I prefer "sauntering") but no less grooving for it, an ideal role for the OM.
  13. gortnamona
    gortnamona
    thanks Bertram, i'll take sauntering any day of the week , first time i've heard that word used outside of Derry
  14. James Rankine
    James Rankine
    Lovely triplets Lawrence, as usual.
    The prominent display of the pick was not intended as an ostentatious display of wealth Bertram. In fact 'tis but a humble Dunlop Primetone -the poor man's blue chip.
  15. gortnamona
    gortnamona
    well worth revisiting this great tune for Jame's great tenor banjo version alone, as my pervious video is long gone i thought i would give it another shot on a nice little used eastman 315 i picked up recently

  16. Frankdolin
    Frankdolin
    Fine pick'n Lawrence! And the new Mando sounds great, very pretty.
  17. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Fine playing and a great-sounding instrument, Lawrence. Well played triplets throughout the tune.
  18. Jill McAuley
    Jill McAuley
    Nice one Lawrence, lovely ring off that Eastman as well!
  19. Frithjof
    Frithjof
    Great jig playing, Lawrence. I also like this slide into the a in the B part.
    You picked up a nice sounding Eastman 315!
  20. JL277z
    JL277z
    Cool!
  21. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Fine playing with great rhythm as usual Lawrence.
  22. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Nice jig picking on a fine instrument; Lawrence
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