"Have you tried a programme called 'Audacity' I have used it in the past to learn some Bluegrass tunes I did not have the score for? You can slow the tune right down and keep the pitch the same.
"It's a brilliant piece! I love it...most of Bassett's pieces seem really underrated to me. Definitely need more people playing them... I like Lazy Rhythm and Jumbo Rag (although the second page is a bit of a beastie :o)"
On the Ganges by Bert Bassett is now available in the 'Music Library'. I sent the score initially so Greg Adams could have a look at it. It is not an easy piece to learn, but certainly well worth the effort once mastered. I am not aware of a commercial recording and certainly don't have it in my vast collection of 78's although I do have an old tape copy of Bill Ball and me playing it with his piano arrangement. Unfortunately all of my banjo collection is currently in storage and I do not…See More
"Have you tried recording into your PC? Go into programs, then accessories, you should then be able to find 'sound recorder'. I use a separate (cheap) microphone as my pc's mic is not very sensitive. "
"This was a recent programme, series 35, episode 14 from Cawdor Castle near Inverness, Scotland. If I watch the programme again and listen to the banjo I will know if it is Bill playing or not. There was no mention in the credits at the end.
"I was watching the Antiques Road Show on BBC1 on Sunday and in the background heard Joe Morley's Banjoland being played with piano accompaniment." Did anyone else see this programme or have any idea who may have been playing the banjo? It was very appropriate to hear banjo music being played on this show, lets have plenty more!See More
"I also have some tape recordings of Brenda Auden taken from the BBC radio shows and some music scores, one piece of music being Joe Morley's A Banjo Frolic and if my memory serves me well, written across the top is 'contest number 14 The G…"
"Excellent Rob, superb playing by the Orchestra, just a shame you have decided to hang up the banjo. Perhaps one day you may return to playing the banjo as William J Ball did when he gave up the banjo in favour of the piano, his first…"
Hi Mike, Thanks for you comment. The family have lost and awful lot of information on him one way or another. You say that you used to travel down to Devon, where in the UK are you? Where was Horace Craddy based then? I've never heard that name mentioned before by father. and to think he was taught by my namesake's father is quite surprising to me. Clearly unlike our family, the banjo obviously ran in their family. Could you tell me how and when you would have met my father in the first place. I appreciate you have said at your Banjo Teacher's home, but where was that and why was my father there? Was it during the war years, in Egypt, or later and how did it come about? Like I said it is a world that we as a family know very little about and he never used to want to talk about it much. Did you ever get to the Camden Banjo Festival in the 70's? Wew would appreciate copies of any old photos you have and also anything else that you have we might like to see. It is not easy trying to build up a proper picture of him. The other names that you mentioned as bringing down with you are totally unknown to me. They are clearly "Banjo Followers" in some shape or other.
The more contacts I make the more I am wondering whether or not we could arrange a local "Banjo Festival" here in Launceston or somewhere in this area and call it the "Tom Barriball Memmorial Festival or something of that nature. Would it get much support do you think? Please keep in touch, my personal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Kind regards and thanks for your info, Tarry Barriball.
Thanks Mike, I would much appreciate that - hope you are enjoying Turkey. We went there three years on the trot a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (my wife & I that is). Look forward to hearing from you on your return to the UK. Kind regards and enjoy, Tarry
It sounds great, a very brilliant tone, possible improved by age. There is a bit of a twist in the neck where it was left for years under a bed without the strings slackened but this does not seem to affect playing or sound. It also has a really solid and sturdy feel--something made to last and give service, unlike things today.