Borrowing a Banjola

I am currently borrowing a banjolafrom my friend Aaron O’Rourke<for a few days.  Its pretty cool, a mix between a banjo and an octave mandolin.  This one has six strings, with the sixth string functioning as a high drone string.  Right now, its tuned gGDGCD.  You can frail it like a banjo, but also switch to fingerstyle guitar oriented things.  It has a more immediate attack than a guitar, with more sustain than a banjo.  

At the moment i am just exploring it as a clawhammer instrument, working up a version of the march Lord Mayo.  Perhaps I will get a chance to record it in a few days.


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