I had the great opportunity to play a house concert outside of Seattle a few weeks ago. It was a split bill with Linda Waterfall, who has one of the most wonderful and unique guitar styles I have ever heard. Videographer Vaun Raymond setup a few cameras and captured some great footage. Here is the tune O’Carolan’s Welcome. I’ll be … Read More
I picked up a new gourd banjo back in April and have been meaning to post about it. Mine is made by Bob Thornburg in Northern California. I had a chance to play Steve’s gourd banjo a while back and knew I had to have one. Mine has a 10″ gourd, a redwood neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. It has … Read More
I recently got around to doing something I have been meaning to try for years and got a set of acrylic nails put on my picking hand. We were out eating a lunch and a nail salon was next door, so I decided to pop in and do it. They looked at me a little weird till I explained what … Read More
Man its been a while since i have updated this blog. Ill try to be better at that. I guess alot of times life gets busy and I feel I have nothing interesting to say about guitar playing. Since we have been snowed in here in Portland for the last few days I have had to sit down and record … Read More
I think I finally settled on a mic placement that will work for recording in my home studio. It is my pair of ADK A6 mics in “AB” placement Thanks to Doug Young for the advice on this one. AB is similar to spaced pair except both mics are on a single stereo bar and at the same height. In … Read More
I’ve decided to experiment some playing celtic rhythmic backup in (gasp!) standard tuning. I was recently able to spend some time with my friend Aaron O’Rourke and was really impressed with the way he played backup. I think standard tuning offers some really interesting voicings, though the chords are perhaps less powerful than Drop D or DADGAD. In the latter … Read More
I recently recorded a few demo tracks in my home studio with superb mandolin player Tim Connell. I hope you enjoy them.
I recently put up some new videos with mandolinist Tim Connell from our gig last year at Newberg Music. After a bit of hiatus Tim and I are back practicing together and will be out gigging more around town. We are recording some demo tracks this weekend, so look out for those here soon.
I just put up a new video of a jig arrangement, Christy Barry’s #2. This tune appears on my cd as part of a larger set of jigs. Its also a session standard that is played along with, fittingly enough, a tune simply called Christy Barry’s. I usually play these on flute and I think first heard them played by … Read More
I am happy to introduce my new band, Merry Hob. We are: Lisa – Accordian Justin – Mandolin/Bouzouki Vash – Percussion Anton – Guitar/Flute/Banjo We have been practicing together since October and recently had our first few gigs over the St Patricks Day weekend. We played Saturday at the McMenamins Kennedy School and Sunday at Biddy Magraws, a classic bar … Read More
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