Monthly archives: September, 2011

Folk Song Of The Week – Frailing Banjo Lesson: Wabash Cannonball

I was able to move a couple of lessons around so I could get at least one video workshop up this week. I am still going through the requests for the Folk Song Of The Week and taking the songs in the order they came in. This time around it’s Wabash Cannonball. It’s a fun song and one we do at our monthly jams. Have fun with it and remember that having fun is 99% of learning to play frailing / clawhammer banjo.



Wabash Cannonball MP3 [Download]

Wabash Cannonball (PDF)


From the [G]great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific [C]shore

From the [D7]green New Hampshire mountains to the southland’s cajun [G]lore

She’s mighty tall and handsome and loved by one and [C]all

[D7]She’s the combination called the Wabash Cannon[G]ball


Oh listen to the jingle the rumble and the [C]roar

As she [D7]glides along the woodlands through the hills and by the [G]shore

Hear the mighty rush of the engine, hear that lonesome hobo’s [C]call

We’re [D7]traveling through the jungles on the Wabash Cannon[G]ball

Your eastern states are dandies so the people always say
From New York to St. Louis and Chicago by the way
Through the hills of Minnesota where the rippling waters fall
No changes can be taken on the Wabash Cannonball


Here’s to Daddy Klaxton may his name forever stand
And alwyas be remembered through the courts of Alabam’
His earthly race is over, the curtains ’round him fall
We’ll carry him on to Glory on the Wabash Cannonball


She pulled in to the station one cold December day
As she rolled up to the platform you could hear all the people say
There’s a gal from Tennessee; she’s long and she’s tall
She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball


Running at the Zoo and Blue Men Everywhere

I started out the weekend thinking that I would get some prep-work for the workshops done and get a jump on a bunch of projects that I am supposed to be finishing up, but that didn’t happen….

My wife asked if I would like to go to Brookfield Zoo where she, Amber, Lisa and Dmitry were going to run in the 5K Zoo Run Run and then get brunch at a pancake house. I rarely eat breakfast or brunch, but the thought of pancakes was too much temptation. I had a great time at the zoo while they were running and had an even better brunch. Amber had a better time as she ended up on the webpage for the run!

When we got home, Sandy asked if I wanted to go to see Blue Man Group. I knew then that I wasn’t going to get anything done over the weekend. The good part was that Amber got to meet one of the Blue Men after the show and I snapped a picture.

I might be able to move around some lessons and get a workshop out this week, but we’ll see.

Until then, take care!


Folk Song Of The Week – Frailing Banjo Lesson: Lolly Too Dum

I was asked to go back and revisit this song and I was happy to do so. The change I made this time was to sing it in the key that I like!

Lolly Too Dum is a great song on frailing banjo. Don’t let the key of D hold you back from trying it out. It’s fun to do and you’ll enjoy it!

Lolly Too Dum [Download]

Lolly Too Dum(PDF)

Lolly Too Dum

[D]As I Went Out One Morning To Take The Pleasant Air,
Lolly Too Dum, Too Dum, [A7]Lolly Too Dum[D] Day.
As I Went Out One Morning To [G]Take The Pleasant Air,
I [D]Overheard A Mother A-Scolding Her Daughter Fair,
Lolly Too Dum, Too Dum, [A7]Lolly Too Dum [D]Day.

You Better Go Wash Them Dishes, And Hush That Flattering Tongue
You Know You Want To Get Married And That You Are Too Young.

Oh, Pity My Condition Just As You Would Your Own.
For Fourteen Long Years, I’ve Been Living All Alone.

Supposing I Was Willing, Where Would You Get Your Man?
Why, Lordy, Mercy! Mammy, I’d Marry That Handsome Sam.

Supposing He Should Slight You Like You Done Him Before?
Why, Lordy, Mercy! Mama, I’d Marry Forty More

There’s Doctors And Lawyers And Boys From The Plow.
Why, Lordy, Mercy! Mammy, I’m Gettin’ That Feelin’ now

Now, My Daughter?s Married And Well For To Do.
Come All Ye Ladies, I’m On The Market, Too!

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – Frailing Banjo Lesson: I’ll Tell Me Ma

My wife was kind enough to get me a third camera I wanted, so I thought I would try it out with an easy song to start off with. I’ll Tell Me Ma is great song to try on frailing banjo. I really feel that the song was perfectly made for playing frailing / clawhammer banjo. Try it out and have fun with it!


I’ll Tell Me Ma [Download]

I’ll Tell Me Ma(PDF)


I’ll [G]tell me ma when I go home,

The [D7]boys won’t leave the [G]girls alone,

They pulled me hair and stole me comb,

But [D7]that’s alright ’till [G]I go home,

She is handsome [C]she is pretty,

[G]She is the belle of [D7]Belfast city,

[G]She is a courtin’ [C]one two three,

[G]Please won’t you [D7]tell me who is [G]she.

Albert Mooney says he loves her,
All the boys are fightin’ for her,
They knock at the door and they ring at the bell,
Saying Hello me true love, are you well?
Out she comes, white as snow,
Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes,
Ould Johnny Morrissey says she’ll die,
If she doesn’t get the fella with the rovin’ eye.


Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high,
And the snow come travellin’ through the sky,
She’s as sweet as apple pie,
She’ll get her own lad by and by.
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won’t tell her ma when she gets home.
Let them all come as they will,
For it’s Albert Mooney she loves still.

Change …..


Starting Monday …X3!

One More Week Off For Me!

Last week we launched and I have have to say that Tim and Mandy have it going great. The great part is seeing so many people contribute. That is what the site is all about.

I was going to put up some videos this week, but decided that I was going to take an actual week off and enjoy myself. Head on over to and have fun, and I’m going to relax for a while.

Since I’m taking the week off, let’s have a sale on Irish Pub Songs and Folks Songs For The 5-String Banjo, Volumes 1.

Just head over to my store and you can get 20% off of your purchase. Just type in the coupon code SEPTEMBER305 when you check out.

Have fun and keep on playing! is up….so let’s have a sale is up and running and it looks like it’s off to a good start. It’s nice to see people interacting and having fun with music. I am hoping that Mandy and Tim take this to new heights in showcasing home grown talent and making friends!

Since I’m taking the week off, let’s have a sale on Irish Pub Songs and Folks Songs F
or The 5-String Banjo, Volumes 1.

Just head over to my store and you can get 20% off of your purchase. Just type in the coupon code SEPTEMBER305 when you check out.

Have fun and keep on playing!



I am happy to announce the creation of! BanjoBandits was created by three YouTube friends that wanted to make a place that home musicians could share their YouTube videos. There are thousands of videos on YouTube of people playing banjos, guitars, mandolins, fiddles and other instruments, but no where for there to all come together to share their videos and discuss topics about playing music.

I’m taking the rest of the week off from here and YouTube to make sure that there aren’t any issues with the new site and then it’s all in the safe hands of Mandy and Tim. Stop by the site and share or learn a new song or collaborate with others.

I’ll be back, but until then: Have fun!!!

Folk Song Of The Week – Frailing Banjo Lesson: Yankee Doodle

I found this request in my spam folder from June from John in California. It’s a bit late, but here it is: Yankee Doodle as a frailing banjo lesson!

Have fun!

Yankee Doodle MP3 [Download]

Yankee Doodle (PDF)

Yankee Doodle

[C]Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a [G]pony

[C]Stuck a feather [F]in his hat and [C]called it [G]maca[C]roni.

[F]Yankee Doodle, keep it up. [C]Yankee Doodle dandy

[F]Mind the music and the step and [C]with the [G]girls be [C]handy.

Father and I went down to camp along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boys as thick as hasty pudding.

There was Captain Washington upon a slapping stallion
A-giving orders to his men I guess there was a million.