Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
  • United Kingdom
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Razzle Dazzle (1909)..Nellie Mae Stokes.

This is a 'razzle dazzle' of a tune written by one of the many female ragtime composers. It's quite different from the tune of the same name by Harry Von Tilzer and played by Vess Osman which is also in the library. NMS published six other compositions but sadly died in 1914 following the birth of her second child. It's a well written example of ragtime and worth a look and listen. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Champagne Rag MKII (1910)...Joseph Lamb
"Thank's Ian, I like playing this one, it fits my size 11 hands very well...Steve."
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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Rag-Alley Dream (1902)....Mattie Harl Burgess
"Thanks Marc, I keep looking and I keep finding 'em. This is a real 'written for banjo' tune and is my current favourite....Steve. "
Jan 10
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Rag-Alley Dream (1902)....Mattie Harl Burgess
"My, my! I really like this one Steve. I enjoy your exploration of Ragtime. Well Done again!"
Jan 10
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Rag-Alley Dream (1902)....Mattie Harl Burgess

This is a very good example of an early ragtime tune, it's written in the popular banjo friendly keys of Eb/Cm/Ab. For those of you familiar with Morley's "Dark Town Dandies" you may notice that there is a more than a passing resemblance stylistically between the trio and the Ab section of DTDs. It has very similar syncopation and timing. This is a nice one to play and well worth a try.I could find nothing on the composer other than a couple of other tunes that she had published.The piano score…See More
Jan 10
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Jan 7
Steve Harrison replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (for two banjos)
"The folk music revival in England was spearheaded by Cecil Sharp and his associates Maud Kapeles and Mary Neal who travelled around the UK collecting folk dance tunes and long forgotten songs. In 1911, they formed the English Folk Dance Society,…"
Dec 31, 2018
Steve Harrison replied to Greg Adams's discussion Need a new banjo head!
"Hi Greg, regarding Remo sizes, Brown Dog Banjos in the UK supply the various types of heads in sizes of 1/16" increments from 8" up to 12 2/16". I've a number of vintage banjos of non standard head sizes and have always managed…"
Dec 30, 2018
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Missouri Waltz (1914)..Lee Edgar Settle. aka "Hush-a-bye, Ma baby"
"That's a great recording, I'd not heard it before and as Ian said, it's just the right tempo..Steve."
Dec 28, 2018
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Missouri Waltz (1914)..Lee Edgar Settle. aka "Hush-a-bye, Ma baby"
"Thank you Maxwell, that is really cool and laid back. I like it too as it made me smile.  The tempo is perfect. Great post, thanks again."
Dec 28, 2018
Maxwell Poulos replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Missouri Waltz (1914)..Lee Edgar Settle. aka "Hush-a-bye, Ma baby"
"I always liked this version."
Dec 28, 2018
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Missouri Waltz (1914)..Lee Edgar Settle. aka "Hush-a-bye, Ma baby"

This is one of the nicest waltz's I've heard in a long time. The original melody was composed by L.E.Settle, the composer of the soon to be posted X.L.Rag, but was 'hijacked', re arranged and published without any reference to Settle on any of the published scores. Words were later added by J.R.Shannon and the song recorded by Bing Crosby amongst others. In 1946, it was adopted as the State song for Missouri. At least L.E.S. was acknowledged as the composer on his gravestone.To get the most out…See More
Dec 28, 2018
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Georgia Jingles (1907)...Percy Wenrich.

This is described by PW as a 'jingley two-step' and is a catchy and well written early 2 step which is not too challenging on the fingers. I've transposed it from C to F so that it better fits the banjo. At the end of the score, there is a suggestion that the second strain could be repeated so I've added it at the end of the score albeit in Bb rather than F as it makes for a smoother transition. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.…See More
Dec 22, 2018
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion THE NEW JOHN FIELD BMG LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN!
"I just like the music!...Steve."
Dec 21, 2018
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A New arrangement for Christmas
"Hi Randy, what a delightful arrangement of an equally delightful tune. It's one I'd not heard before but it's already on my playlist....Steve."
Dec 20, 2018

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Steve Harrison

Hi all, Just a bit about myself. I live in the beautiful town of Malvern in Worcestershire, England. I have been playing classic and melodic style banjo for more years than I care to recall. I play an Alfred Weaver banjo made around 1903 and a Windsor popular made 1914ish. As well as banjo, my other instrument is piano accordion, not very fashionable these days but great for playing tradtional music, my main passion. I play occasionally for local Morris Dance sides arround Malvern. Having reached the grand old age of 60, I am semi retired which leaves me more time for my music and my other love, my two grandchildren. I'm about to start teaching my 7 year old grandson the Uke as an entry into greater things. If there are any other players in or near my location, please make contact...Steve.

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At 6:35 on December 29, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Steve, I'm a bit nearer to you than Rob, but still a longish way away , I'm on the Isle of Wight.    Was interested to read that you played for Morris. I am a member of the local Oyster Girls Ladies Morris team.  Might just bump into you at one of the Folk Festivals , don't yet know which ones we are doing this year though.   All the Best.  Sylvia.
At 8:57 on December 30, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Steve,the oyster girls were at Upton last year. I am only a beginner at Banjo and have found this site very helpful. I have also had a few lessons with Rob over the internet, great stuff this new technology. Will look out for you at any Festivals I go to. I have heard Rochester mentioned for this coming year. All the best. Sylvia
At 17:49 on February 8, 2012, Alan Sims said…

hi Steve ,ive just had my clifford essex frets redressed and set up .it sounds lovely and so much easier to play .ive got medium gauge strings .ive been playing about a year .would i be ready for a heavier set ,and would this change the action .how often sould change them i practice every day' regards Alan

At 17:56 on February 8, 2012, Alan Sims said…

how often should i change strings i practice every day regards Alan

At 20:13 on March 4, 2012, Tim Walsh said…

Hi Steve,


I've only recently been made aware of Classic Banjo through meeting another member David Greenwood.

I've only been playing a relatively short while and have been learning bluegrass.

I'm looking to broaden my playing skills in to claw hammer and Classic styles and from what I've seen of the tutorials on this site so far I think I'm in the right place.






At 7:31 on May 21, 2012, Mike Redman said…

Hi Steve, have you thought about transposing/arranging A Ragtime Dance (Scott Joplin) for the banjo, I was listening to it the other day, now can't get the tune off of my mind!

At 8:12 on June 14, 2012, dave brown said…

Thanks Steve

At 10:35 on June 20, 2012, Alan Sims said…

thanks for the tip Steve, that makes sence.three lines above .E. cheers.

At 11:13am on August 28, 2012, Alan Sims gave Steve Harrison a gift
Thanks Steve.It sounds great.
At 8:59am on September 19, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Steve Harrison a gift

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