Rob MacKillop | The Early American Parlor Banjo

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The Early American Parlor Banjo

by Rob MacKillop

19th-Century music for the mellow gut-strung fingerstyle banjo; with folk, traditional and classical/Romantic influences. Jigs, reels, mazurkas and Schottisches.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Jig From French Quadrilles
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2. Buckley's Jig
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3. Waltz With Variations
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4. Wild-flower Mazurka
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5. Leavit's Polka
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6. James Buckley's Fancy Solo
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7. One-String Waltz
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8. Electric Light Reel
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9. Twisted Rope Jig
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10. 'Too Utterly Too' Clog Dance
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11. Minstrel Stage Reel
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12. Nobody Knows reel
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13. Lively Twins Reel
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14. Jumping Jacks Reel
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15. Prelude
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16. Blue Bells of Scotland
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17. The Pequot Galop
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18. Gumbo Reel
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19. Pic-Nic Reel
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20. The Starlight Mazurka
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21. The Starlight Polka
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22. Leaning On the Garden Gate
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23. La Espana Waltz
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24. The Dell Schottische
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25. Boquet Mazurka
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26. Minor March
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27. The Dream. Mazurka
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28. Essence of Old Virginny
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A brilliant and often moving recording by the Scottish 'early music' banjo, lute and guitar player, Rob MacKillop. This recording accompanies a book of the same name from Mel Bay Publications.

Performed on a gut-strung banjo by Luke Mercier in the style of late 19th-century banjos by Fairbanks and Dobson, and using historically accurate techniques, the sound is mellow, warm and intimate - words not usually associated with the modern banjo.

Rob MacKillop has been desribed as:
"A top-drawer player" Early Music Today
"One of Scotland's finest musicians" Celtic World

And from the maker of the banjo featured on this recording:
''I must say that it is a real treat to hear the classical rep. played on one of my instruments. This experience with you has opened up a new dimension to the banjo for me. Thank you!'' - Luke Mercier, luthier

More info at http://www.ClassicBanjoRM.com




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Ian Bell

Time Travel with Strings Attached - The Early American Parlour Banjo
This recording is some kind of Victorian melody-powered time machine. Rob MacKillop's deft playing brings life to a wierd and wonderful collection of 19th century stage and parlour banjo pieces on a period-style gut-strung instrument.
This is a completely solo recording throughout, but the variety of moods makes the entire journey a pleasurable one. The musical styles take in much of the early banjo repertoire, from delicate waltzes to the African-inspired syncopations of old minstrel tunes. Best of all, in Rob's hands these tunes don't come across as dusty artifacts. It's like finding a picture of your Grand-dad when he was young and handsome - and you start to get an idea why Granny took up with him in the first place.

John Balch

The Early American Parlor Banjo - Rob MacKillop
This is a fantastic new project from Rob MacKillop. It is masterfully played and well recorded. The tunes provide a significant study of period music. In Rob's skilled hands, the instruments sound magnificent. More importantly, the music is simply beautiful and extremely enjoyable. Very entertaining! Highly recommended.