Joel Mabus | Pepper's Ghost & Other Banjo Visitations

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Pepper's Ghost & Other Banjo Visitations

by Joel Mabus

This is clawhammer 5-string banjo: some songs, some instrumentals. Brings out the half-drum, half-lute aspect of the banjo in both traditional and new tunes.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pepper's Ghost
2:32 $0.99
2. Panhandle Prairie
5:08 $0.99
3. Dogs On the Davenport
2:02 $0.99
4. By the Waters of Minnetonka
3:05 $0.99
5. Leather Wing Bat
3:15 $0.99
6. Billy in the Low Ground
2:32 $0.99
7. Joke On the Puppy
2:28 $0.99
8. Two Little Sisters
5:44 $0.99
9. The Bunch of Roses
3:24 $0.99
10. Three Thin Dimes
2:15 $0.99
11. When They Ring the Golden Bells
7:19 $0.99
12. American Patrol
3:34 $0.99
13. Fire On the Mountain
1:32 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Sometimes, during an especially “spirited” jam session, playing some snaky old fiddle tune over and over the umpteenth time, I get the uncanny feeling that long-dead musicians who once knew the tune are catching a ride on my fingers. Now, I don’t believe in ghosts – especially not the Banquo or Jacob Marley type. But sometimes the departed do insist upon a visitation. Often the mere fragrance of pipe tobacco or fresh-baked pie can conjure an old uncle or grandmother. Rational people might chalk that up to “sense memory” or vivid imagination. Philosophers would toss in Zeitgeist or Weltanschauung, or some other big German word. I say tap out the ashes, have a slice of pie and play another tune.

Let’s do the numbers: I started on the five-string banjo when I was in the fifth grade. It’s been my haunt now for 50 years. (Maybe that makes me the ghost -- or poltergeist -- in this machine?) In 35 years of recording, and over 20 albums, this is my third project wholly devoted to banjo. So here with 13 numbers – "a devil’s dozen" -- is my latest visitation.



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