What a coincidence! The same thing happened to me a while back, when I was just your age: my fingers were uncontrollable bunches of fat little bananas (so different from the spider's legs at the ends of Rob MacKillop's hands…"
I hate to see this hang without a reply, so here's my understanding.
When I started playing the banjo, particularly the tenor banjo, you had to make sure you wiped down and dried off your strings after each session to avoid rust spots…"
"Yes, that’s the same John Field. The link is the wunderkind Bill Peck, who was a particular friend who stayed in close touch during his days in America. I believe Bill is still around somewhere. Back in the 60’s John…"
"John was a very proficient multi-instrumentalist, and you could have easily seen him in a bluegrass band playing, banjo, mandolin, fiddle or guitar. You might also have seen him from time to time in the orchestra pit of a theatre playing…"
"Not many people got to see John play classic banjo, so to appreciate the virtuoso we have just lost I have pulled this duet from the archive. It shows him playing one of his favourite pieces with his characteristic verve and attack. Why…"
"Oh no! I was going to do that! Now no-one will ever see how it should have been played!
In case you hadn’t worked it out, Rob, I am very much kidding. That’s a lovely job, and your left hand fingers are a show…"
These are real treasures! Group banjo playing at its very best. What punch and drive! In many ways, this combination of banjos playing together brings out aspects of the tunes that solos and duos only touch on. But above all…"