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More Bluegrass from the Old Mo’

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Thought I’d post a few more tracks from the Old Moseley Arms Bluegrass Jam.  I didn’t go last week so these are from the 26 January.

Firstly, a standard, Sally Goodin, which I’m trying to learn so that’s the reason for posting this.  As with all the tracks in this post I’m only playing backing on it.  Maybe I’ll take a lead break next week.

Next up, a great  song that regular, Peter, has been teaching us, Cold Sheets of Rain.  No idea who wrote it but there’s a good version by the Hagars Mountain Boys on Spotify

Our version is better though.

And finally Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown.  

Some of you might recognise this from the movie Bonnie and Clyde where it was used for the car chase.  I think this is why a friend of mine calls banjo heavy bluegrass chase music.

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February 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Cripple Creek – Bluegrass in Balsall Heath

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Been a year since I posted anything.  Oh well.

My favourite thing to do on a Tuesday evening is to go join in the Bluegrass Jam down at the Old Moseley Arms in Balsall Heath.  It’s a friendly and relaxed scene in the upstairs room where a bunch of musicians sit around in a circle playing bluegrass tunes.  I’ve been going along for a few weeks now, just chunking out chord on the mandolin.  When I went a fortnight ago I plucked up the courage to take a short solo – known as taking a break on a tune I had learned, Cripple Creek.

You can hear my mandolin come in at around 38 seconds in for my break.  I’m quite pleased with it.  I got quite a buzz out of playing it and got some encouraging nods and positive comments from a few of the regulars which made me feel real good.

Now I need to get a few more tunes under my belt so I can do it again.

Written by ukenaut

February 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm