Cyber Monday Sale Extended!!!! – UPDATE – Cyber Tuesday Sale!

Well folks, I had some many orders that PayPal thought that I was spamming them. The shopping cart is up and running again and we are ready to go. Since the shopping cart was down most of the day, I have decided to extend the Cyber Monday Banjo Sale for the rest of the week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for the Cyber Monday Frailing Banjo Sale.

You can order the Cyber Monday Frailing Banjo Package which includes the print versions of Irish Pub Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 and Folk Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 and the Frailing Banjo Lessons DVD’s: 1, 2 and 3 for $39.99.

Or you can order Irish Pub Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 and/or Folk Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 from Lulu.com at 30% off!

Just use coupon code CYBERTUESDAY at checkout to receive your 30% off discount

Check out Lulu.com or my author’s spotlight to order now!

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – Frailing Banjo Lesson: McAlpine’s Fusiliers

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The Irish Pub Song Of The Day this time around is McAlpine’s Fusiliers. It’s a great song and you can have a lot of fun with it.

Don’t be too put off by playing in the key of D. Once you get 2 or 3 under your belt, you be having fun!

McAlpine’s Fusiliers MP3

McAlpine’s Fusiliers (PDF)

MCALPINE’S FUSILIERS

As [D]down the Glen came [G]McAlpine’s men with their [D]shovels [A]slung [D]behind them.

It was in the pub that they [G]drank [A]their [G]sub or down in the [D]spike you’ll [G]find them.

We sweated blood and we [G]washed [A]down [G]mud with quarts and [D]pints of [G]beer.

But [D]now we’re on the [G]road again with [D]McAlpines [A]Fusili[D]ers.

I stripped to the skin with Darky Finn down upon the Isle of Grain,
With Horseface Toole I learned the rule, no money if you stop for rain.
For McAlpine’s god is a well filled hod with your shoulders cut to bits and seared
And woe to he who looks for tea with McAlpines Fusiliers.

I remember the day that the Bear O’Shea fell into a concrete stair,
What Horseface said, when he saw him dead, well it wasn’t what the rich call prayers.
“I’m a navvy short,” was his one retort that reached unto my ears,
When the going is rough, well you must be tough, with McAlpine’s Fusiliers.

I’ve worked till the sweat near had me beat with Russian, Czech and Pole,
At shuttering jams up in the Hydro Dams, or underneath the Thames in a hole,
I grafted hard and I got me cards and many a ganger’s fist across me ears.
If you pride your life, don’t join, by Christ, with McAlpine’s Fusiliers

2 Options For The Cyber Monday Frailing Banjo Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for the Cyber Monday Frailing Banjo Sale.

You can order the Cyber Monday Frailing Banjo Package which includes the print versions of Irish Pub Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 and Folk Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 and the Frailing Banjo Lessons DVD’s: 1, 2 and 3 for $39.99.

Or you can order Irish Pub Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 and/or Folk Songs For The 5-String Banjo Vol 1 from Lulu.com at 30% off!

Just use coupon code CYBERMONDAY305 at checkout to receive your 25% off discount

Check out Lulu.com or my author’s spotlight to order now!

Black Friday Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok folks, it’s that time of year! It’s time for the Black Friday sale. Go to Lulu.com right now and you can order Irish Pub Songs For The 5-String Banjo Volume 1 and/or Folk Songs For The 5-String Banjo Volume 1 at 25% off!

Just use coupon code BUYMYBOOK305 at checkout to receive your 25% off discount

Check out Lulu.com or my author’s spotlight to order now!

Impromptu Jam

22 November 2011

Saturday night, the gang was supposed to go to the Jug Band Competition in Chicago to just sit around and enjoy the music. We decided to all go together and meet up at Eric Bushman’s place. The problem was that we met too early, started drinking Eric’s Trader Joe Vintage Ale, pulled out our instruments and a few from his stash of a 100 instruments.

Needless to say we all got a bit drunk and I decided that since I was planning on recording the Jug Bands, I might as well record us since we were in no shape to go anywhere.

We had a lot of fun, but the hangover on Sunday is the ONLY reason I didn’t get any videos done this week. I have to say that it wasl one of the best nights of fun we have had in a while. If the video wasn’t edited, you would see one song, a lot of drinking and story telling and then another song.

Next time I have to remember to play first, then start drinking!

New River Train on frailing banjo for BanjoBandits.com

I had my first encounter with an external ear infection this week and I have to say that it is not pleasant. I would rather have the much more common inner ear infection. It’s a very strange condition and I’m on three different kinds of antibiotics and steroids. My poor old ear swelled up to twice it’s size and it bruised every time I moved my ear.

I saw that Mandy and Tim over at BanjoBandits.com had made the song of the month, New River Train. Since I couldn’t record any videos, I thought I would re-mix my old New River Train video with the simple melody tabbed out. You can either play it the way in the video with the slide on the 2nd string or like the tab and just play the notes on the 1st string.

I hope to be back soon and I’ll keep you posted.

New River Train MP3

New River Train (PDF)

New River Train

Chorus:
I’m [G]riding on that new river train
Riding on that new river [D]train
[G]Same old train that [C]brought me here
Gonna [G]take me [D]away [G]again

Darling, you can’t love one
Darling, you can’t love one
You can’t love one and have any fun
Darling, you can’t love one

Chorus

Darling, you can’t love two
Darling, you can’t love two
You can’t love two and still be true
Darling, you can’t love two

Chorus

Folk Song Of The Week – Frailing Banjo Lesson: Army Life

This time the Folk Song Of The Week is Army Life. This was requested and I have to say that it brought back memories of my childhood and Desert Storm. Both of them were good memories, but now I realize that I only keep in touch with one of my buddies from my military days. I think I am going to have to search some of the others out and see how life has treated them.

Have fun with this song and add your favorite lyrics to it because there are plenty out there.

Army Life MP3

Army Life (PDF)

ARMY LIFE

The [G]coffee that they give you, they [D7]said was mighty fine

Good for cuts and bruises and [G]tastes like iodine ooh

[C]I don’t want no more of [G]army life

Gee bud, I [D7]want to go [G]home

The chicken that they give you, they said was mighty fine
One rolled off the table and started marking time ooh

The biscuits that they give you, they said was mighty fine
One jumped off the table, boys, and it knocked down a pal of mine ooh

The women in the PX, they said were mighty fine
Most are over 90 and the rest are under 9 ooh

The money that they give you, they said was mighty fine
Ask for fifty dollars, boy, and they’ll take back forty-nine ooh

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – Frailing Banjo Lesson: Black Velvet Band

I’m back after the longest break from making these videos that I have ever taken. I have never been so busy in my entire life. It was fun having some projects to work on, but I’m glad that everything has slowed down enough for me to get back to my first love.

The song is a request and as always, I am happy to oblige.

Have fun with Black Velvet Band and remember that the frailing banjo strum is “strike, bush-thumb, brush-thumb.”

Black Velvet Band MP3

Black Velvet Band (PDF)

BLACK VELVET BAND

In a [G]neat little [C]town they call [G]Belfast, apprenticed to [C]trade I was [D7]bound,

And [G]many an hour’s sweet [Em]happiness, have I [C]spent in that [D7]neat little [G]town.

A sad [C]misfortune came [G]over me, which caused me to [C]stray from the [D7]land,

Far [G]away from me friends and [Em]relations, [C]betrayed by the [D7]black velvet [G]band.

Her eyes they [C]shone like [G]diamonds, you’d think she was [C]queen of the [D7]land,

And her [G]hair hung over her [Em]shoulders, tied [C]up with a [D7]black velvet [G]band.

As I went strolling down Broadway not meaning to go very far
When I met with a fickle some damsel she was selling her trades at the bar
When a watch she took from her pocket and placed it right into my hand
And the law came in put me in prison, bad luck to her black velvet band.

Chorus

Next morning before judge and the jury, for trial I had to appear
The judge he says “Young fellow the case against you is quite clear.
And seven long years is your sentence, you’re going to Van Damien’s land
Far away from your friends and relations, Betrayed by the black velvet band.”

Chorus

So come all you jolly young fellows, a warning take by me,
When you are out on the liquor, me lads, beware of the pretty colleens.
They’ll feed you with strong drink, me lads,’till you are unable to stand,
And the very first thing that you know me lads, you’ve landed in Van Diemen’s Land.

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