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  • Steve Hicks: Fine Fngerwork

    Steve Hicks: Fine Fngerwork

    Here is British guitarist and luthier Steve Hicks playing “Spring Fever” by Bill Mize and some information taken from his official website: “Steve Hicks was born in South Ockendon, Essex in 1956. He started playing the guitar in his early teens, taking his first lessons from Flamenco guitarist Don Wickens in Kingston upon Thames. Hicks discovered folk music whilst at college and became heavily influenced by the music of John Renbourn and other guitarists from the British folk scene.   A […]

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  • Russ Barenberg: Celtic Departure

    Russ Barenberg: Celtic Departure

    When we last looked at a video featuring Russ Barenberg (“St. Anne’s Reel”), the statement was made that his flatpicking style utilized the fingers of his right hand to add body and richness to the standard bluegrass style.  While not a unique approach, as pickers like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, among others, have performed songs with this approach, Russ is particularly good at it. This video, part of the same Transatlantic Sessions that also produced “St. Anne’s Reel”, shows […]

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  • Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    By Jim Weaver: This video, which appears to be from the early to mid-1990′s is a cross-over bluegrass/celtic song.  A young Jerry Douglas shines, but so does Aly Bain, Tod Parks and Russ Barenberg. “Russ Barenberg began playing guitar at age 13, taking lessons from Alan Miller, whose brother John Miller Barenberg would later play with. His style was heavily influenced by the flatpickingtechnique of Clarence White. He attended Cornell University and met Pete Wernick there in 1968. Together they joined to form Country Cooking, who released […]

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  • Brendan Power & Andrew White: Roots With A Twist

    Brendan Power & Andrew White: Roots With A Twist

    Brendan Power & Andrew White – Jig Jazz   The YouTube description says that the sound of this video is distorted and recommends that we go and buy the audio CD. Okay Now that I did that, this is a very cool “Jig” with some cool improvisations by guitarist Andrew White and harmonica player Brendan Power. They both stay close to the melody but also have some nice embellishments (as they call it Jig Jazz).  Sounds very much like Celtic […]

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  • Mark McCain & Erika Johnson:Touch the Strings- Cello and Guitar Duo

    Mark McCain:Touch the Strings: Brother David’s Jig This is a first rate performance by the Fingerstyle Guitar Cello Duo “Touch the Strings” with a song entitled  ”Brother David’s Jig.” I believe the composition is penned by Mark as well. (if not, I hope someone will correct me on this: “Based in Houston, fingerstyle guitarist Mark McCain and Houston Grand Opera Cellist Erika Johnson have brought their diverse talents together to create what some industry notables are calling “…timeless music that will last […]

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  • Pierre Bensusan: Celtic Guitar Master

    Pierre Bensusan: “Shi Bhig Shi Mhor” – Celtic Guitar Master By Jim Weaver: A Celtic guitar master who recently did a workshop in Lexington MA. The title of this piece is spelled differently than usual, and my Gaelic is not good enough to tell which is correct. However, Mr. Bensusan admits that this is not the usual arrangement of the song – being more free form than the traditional waltz so perhaps the different spelling is appropriate. Here’s the YouTube description: […]

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  • Grace Sheppard, age 13 Performs Spatter the Dew

    Grace Sheppard, age 13 Performs Spatter the Dew

    By Jim Weaver: “Just for a lark I searched “Spatter the Dew” on YouTube just now. For 11 yrs only David Russell’s 1998 video showed up. My search just now found over a dozen, including this one from Arizona.” Well, Jim, nice find. Grace Sheppard has amazing abilities at any age, and she’s only 13? Usually these kid virtuoso videos get a lot more views but maybe it’s because it’s classical? For some reason, people just don’t appreciate it as much… […]

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  • Martin Simpson: Celtic Guitar- Nice and Easy

    Here’s celtic fingerstyle guitarist Martin Simpson with a medley of Celtic Airs as it’s called. The songs included are “Rosie Anderson,” “The Shearing’s Not For Me,” and “Bogie’s Bonny Belle.” Isn’t this sweet? Sometimes I just can’t take all the notes.. I mean getting blasted with machine gun riffs at blazing tempos – it doesn’t have to be fast to be virtuoso you know.. One of the most beautiful parts of the guitar is its tone on slower compositions… and […]

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  • David Russell Spatter the Dew LIVE

    Here’s David Russell with a Celtic style piece called “Spatter the Dew.” The tone of David’s playing is fabulous, and some of the melodic lines involved with this song are not easy at all, even for a trained classical guitarist. Special thanks to Jim Weaver once again for turning us on to this video. Jim wrote: “I swear I have seen this song flatpicked by a Celtic guitarist – probably in DADGAB tuning – but this is the only video that […]

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