A. J. Weidt tune. I take a rocky start but eventually it rambles along!

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Comment by Carl Anderton on January 23, 2009 at 15:40
Excellent, Marc.
Comment by Ray Jones on January 23, 2009 at 22:23
Many thanks Marc. I also love Mr. Weidt's work. We all seem to be having lots of fun on this site. I have never put anything up before, and seeing you all play has given me confidence to have a go.
Comment by Jody Stecher on April 7, 2009 at 3:01
First of all let me say you're getting a great tone. What is that banjo please? Now as to the tune, its main theme is played as a double jig in Cape Breton Nova Scotia as "The Squirrel In The Tree". I believe it was fiddler Buddy MacMaster who brought it into the repertoire in the 1960s. It's not one of the Scottish tunes they play down there, it came from some other part of Canada. I must have thumped guitar for Buddy on that one 80 or a hundred times.
Comment by Jody Stecher on April 7, 2009 at 7:22
Yeah, we found ourselves teaching at the same music camps for many consecutive summers in the 1980s. I accompanied him (on guitar, not banjo) for lots of dances, concerts, and sessions. I wrote an article on Buddy MacMaster for Strings magazine about 20 years ago. He's one of the greatest musicians I ever met and a great dry wit as well, a master of understatement. So you're musically Scots as well? I've found some of the great old airs like Neil Gow's Lament for Old Abercairny or Sitting In The Stern of a Boat go very well on banjo. They sound particularly good on a Cammeyer Vibrante Royal zither-banjo. I use light steel trebles, a gut 3rd and a lute string for the bass (a copper wound Aquila). That gut string seems to help bring out the pathos.

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