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10 LIVE VIDEO CLIPS with some of the world's greatest musicians--Darol Anger on violin, Corky Siegel on harmonica, Erkan Ogur of Turkey and many more. 



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Existential Banjo, Episode 12.   Last Thing On My Mind.  Tom Paxton wrote and recorded this song in 1964.   Literally 50 years later, I had the privilege to play a few concerts with him.  If you know him, you'll know he was in fine form on this night.  And if you don't know him, allow me to introduce an American treasure. PLEASE SHARE.  PLEASE COMMENT. Peace on earth.  

Existential Banjo, Episode 11.   Dokunmak with Erkan Ogur in Istanbul.  This was a concert that we did in October 2015, just four days after the bombing in Ankara.  Erkan is a pioneer of the fretless guitar that he uses to play the microtonal pitches required for such grand melodies.  Western instruments can get close, but not quite right.  Listen to the same melody played by on Erkan's guitar and then on the banjo to hear the difference.  


Here is Existential Banjo, Episode 10.   Corrina Corrina is a traditional 12 bar blues tune played here on the fretless banjo accompanied by Aziz Sahmaoui, a Moroccan musician, playing ngoni.  His instrument is one of the grand African elders of the American banjo.  

Banjo Newsletter published a glowing review of my new book about Bob Dylan, written by Tim Jumper.  It's quite the honor to bring the banjo to Dylan's exquisite work.  And I'm further grateful that Tim Jumper has a such a thoughtful and gracious understanding of what I was trying to achieve.  

Click here for review. 


Bob Dylan


EXISTENTIAL BANJO, EPISODE 9:  Gaudete & Sleepers Awake.  This weeks episode is a medley from the 16th century.   "Gaudete" is a sacred hymm from 1582 first appearing in the Piae Cantiones.  "Sleepers Awake" was originally created by Philipp Nicolai in 1599 and later adapted by J.S. Bach in 1731.  This performance features the extraordinary work of David Jennings on vibes.  

Here is EXISTENTIAL BANJO, Episode 8---Opus 821.  This is a composition of mine that was originally performed in a Chicago Humanities Festival commissioned show, entitled "How Africa Met Ireland In American Song."  Opus 821 served as both an opening and closing theme.  This performance features the great Brazilian percussionist Geraldo de Oliveira and was filmed by Academy Award nominee Aaron Wickenden (Finding Vivian Maier).  

Existential Banjo, Episode 7 is "Hasna Ya Leila" (sometimes spelled Layla) featuring Azia Samaoui playing the ngoni.  This West African instrument is one of the great elder statesmen of the banjo.  It is literally, a hollowed-log, broomstrick neck, and three strings made of fishing twine.  

Existential Banjo, Episode 6.  "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"  by Richard Thompson played live at Chicago City Winery and featuring Geraldo de Oliveira, percussion and John Abbey, bass.  Next week, Episode 7 features Moroccan ngoni player, Aziz Samaoui playing a tune named Hasna ya Leila.  

Here is Existential Banjo, Episode 5.  This is the classic Allman Bros tune, Midnight Rider featuring Darol Anger, one of America's very finest violinists.  

EXISTENTIAL BANJO, Episode 4 features the beautiful cello playing of Nora Barton from the Chicago Arts Orchestra and the Classical Revolution.  Please SHARE this video with your pals, and SUBSCRIBE TO YOUTUBE so that you won't miss a single episode of the The Existential Banjo coming every Tuesday morning.  Episode 5 is the Midnight Rider with Darol Anger.  Episode 6 is 1952 Vincent Black Lightning live the Chicago City Winery.    


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