This is a video which was recorded at the Fox & Grapes PH in Lifton, Devon. The banjoist is Rob Murch and thre video was taken by Jimmy Elliott who sometimes...

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Comment by Tarry Barriball on July 18, 2012 at 15:57

Hi all - Rob has been in touch with me about this video which I sent to him privately before uploading it and he sent me back the titles of the piece which is apparently called "The tune is called Blaze Away by Abe Holzmann 1899" as far as he can recall. Anyone out there who knows differently then I, & I am sure Rob would be glad to hear from you. All the best and keep up uhe good work, Tarry Barriball (Son of Tom Barriball)

Comment by thereallyniceman on July 18, 2012 at 16:12

Hi Tarry!

I am pleased that, with a little guidance, the video was uploaded and, even better, works!

It is always great to hear Rob play, and thank you for posting it. The title and composer are correct, so "Blaze Away" it is.  There is a copy of an arrangement by Emile Grimshaw in the MUSIC LIBRARY for those who wish to give it a try.


Comment by Tarry Barriball on July 18, 2012 at 17:19

Thank Ian - Your comment is much appreciated - Just hope Rob enjoys it when he gets back off holiday. Tarry

Comment by Mike Moss on July 19, 2012 at 15:40

Thanks for posting this, Tarry, it's always a pleasure to listen to Rob's playing!

Comment by thereallyniceman on July 19, 2012 at 21:51

One thing that is good is to see Rob's reaction to the odd "rouge note" that creeps in..  a rye smile on the face!

My reaction is a look of shocked disbelief and wide open eyes... and then the rye smile. Obviously the better the player gets the more they can pretend to not notice the weasel notes!!  

I love Rob's playing, and Rob, yes I do forgive you using fingerpicks  ;-)


Comment by Tarry Barriball on July 26, 2012 at 18:18

Hi Ian - Been a bit busy baby-sitting two of our Grandchildren most of the week so have not had much time to comment on Rob using Finger-Picks. Whe may father (Tom Barriball) played with any of his "Dance Bands" in order to get increased volume he sometimes took to using finger picks too. At home though he never used them. He also made his own "Haiwiian Guitar" which was a solid piece of mahogony and he built up the fret boards and inlaid veneers on the "resonator area" but as it was solid there was no resonance as such but he attached an under bridge microphone to play it. He used a proper hand thumb shaped steel and "finger picks" but boy oh boy did it sound good or what. He used to use an ordinary "F" hole acoustic guitar initially but it did not produce the sound he wanted so he set about making his own. I don't know where it ended up but it was not particularly big - I'd love to hear it again but I don't think that will ever be possible. Kind regards & glad you enjoyed the video; thanks for your help in getting it "uploaded" - Tarry Barriball

Comment by Tarry Barriball on July 26, 2012 at 18:21

I saw Jimmy Elliott on Monday and he was telling me that he has found another video which he is going to let me have a copy of at some stage of one of "Father's Wing Dings" at the Fox & Grapes and it has more people in it, including apparently my father playing. I am just waiting for him to bring it round to me sometime soon. Then we will see what it is like before uploading it.

Comment by thereallyniceman on July 29, 2012 at 17:41

Hi Tarry,

Rob and I have joked about the fingerpicks previously ;-)  If I could play like he does by wearing fingerpicks... I would buy two sets !!  It would be excellent to see your dad playing too. Now you are an expert at uploading videos... We can't wait!


Comment by Tarry Barriball on July 30, 2012 at 12:23

Hi Ian - Thanks for the comments you left reference the finger picks of Rob's. Hal has told me he has found two more videos of Father playing banjo. One is at father;'s home, presumably in his "music room" and the other is at one of the Fox & Grapes "Wing Dings". He is going to try and get them suitable for sending through to me and then with a bit of luck I can upload them both. If I can't remember how to do it I know where to come for help:-) - Regards as always, Tarry

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