A pretty little tune - this is the Herbert J Ellis version (but with the Dobson intro).  Hope you like this one, Ian (our resident Bell Ringer)


Edit by Ian:

I have added a Music player for Carrie's recording.

Very nice indeed Carrie, and a nice sounding banjo too. You sound better than my Handbell Ringing Team does!

BELL CHIMES played by Carrie Horgan

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Comment by Joel Hooks on November 1, 2014 at 20:01

Great job Carrie.

As I posted on the BHO, here is me doing the swinging bit at the end.

It was the first time I had done the bit live and I was a little nervous.

Comment by carrie horgan on November 2, 2014 at 8:33

That's great Joel - I'm going to move the furniture out the way and give that a try!

Comment by Richard William Ineson on November 2, 2014 at 18:08

Very impressive.

Comment by Joel Hooks on November 2, 2014 at 23:14

So, a little bit of background on the "Bell Chimes."

This was a common minstrel era show piece.  I have acquired many arrangements of this and have developed a theory.

Working up the arrangement that I use (a bit of this and that) I found a book for clock makers that has notation for the major famous bell towers.  Many of these are gone today or have had the bells replaced/ reworked.  As these were a fixture of life, a great way to win an audience would be by imitation of their clock tower.

Due to the volume of these one could presume that a banjoists would have a idea of most clock chimes and could cull at will.

For fun check out FBC's version in his Analytical Banjo Method using two banjos tuned differently.  I played with it for a short time and started to get the hang of it but did not work it up all the way.

Comment by Jody Stecher on November 3, 2014 at 0:12

Wait a moment….back up there…..is that two banjos played by one person?!?

Comment by Joel Hooks on November 3, 2014 at 2:48

Yep, one in each hand.  Converse played it for the Queen of England.

Comment by thereallyniceman on November 3, 2014 at 8:46

Looks easy to me!


That was an amazing performance Joel. I am astonished.

Comment by Steve Harrison on November 4, 2014 at 16:45

If you really want to impress, have you ever thought of trying it standing up in a hammock?

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