Ryan Thomson | Bada Bing Bada Banjo

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Bada Bing Bada Banjo

by Ryan Thomson

This album contains 22 tracks of award winning clawhammer banjo, including Appalachian, French Canadian, and Irish dance tunes, along with a 30's jazz standard, a wild Hungarian gypsy piece, a 60's surf anthem, and a Norwegian classic from 1876.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Friss Czardas
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2. Three Thin Dimes
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3. Banish Misfortune
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4. Cumberland Gap
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5. Caravan
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6. Tater Patch
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7. Dennis Murphy's Polka
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8. Old Chattanooga
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9. Hall of the Mountain King
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10. Frank's Reel
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11. Gaspe Reel
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12. Rattling Bog
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13. Pipe Line
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14. Pays De Haut
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15. Sean Ryan's Polka
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16. John Henry
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17. Saut Du Lapin
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18. Whiskey Before Breakfast
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19. La Bastringue
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20. Spotted Pony
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21. Reel Eugene
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22. Pig Town Fling
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ryan's first solo banjo album was reviewed by the Old-Time Herald in the Winter 1999-2000 issue:

"On this release, Ryan puts fiddle and band behind, and lays out 19 tracks of rock solid, solo, traditional clawhammer banjo... All are played confidently, evenly, and with a maturity that comes from living with the music over time..The impression this recording gives is that of Thomson at home, relaxing with familiar tunes, and just having a comfortable time...Great Bay Stomp is a solid, pleasing and highly listenable homemade recording that stands up well through repeated listening."

More recently, Ryan's traditional clawhammer playing was selected to be included in a PBS documentary produced by Kentucky Educational Television and released in August, 2019, titled, “Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music.”

For his latest banjo album, Bada Bing Bada Banjo, recorded in 2019, Ryan chose to include some traditional Appalachian old time tunes but also to explore international dance music and musical genres not common to to banjo players, such as surf rock, jazz, and classical music themes. He has also captured french Canadian fiddle tunes, Irish polkas, and Hungarian gypsy music.

Ryan grew up in a musical family although he is the first family member in several generations to take on music as a full time career. He has been honored by inclusion on both the Traditional and Touring Artist rosters of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He is a past winner of the Northeastern USA Regional award at the National Fiddle Contest and teaches at prestigious institutions such as Phillips Exeter Academy.

As a multi-instrumentalist his instruments include fiddle, banjo, wooden flute, piano, accordion, pennywhistle, ukulele, bones, and other instruments.

In his spare time he enjoys playing chamber music in an amateur classical ensemble. He studied science at San Diego State University, then attended the University of New Hampshire where he taught a credit course in the Psychology of Music while a graduate student. He acquired the nick name "Captain Fiddle," from his co-workers on college radio WUNH where he played his fiddle live on his fiddling and folk music show for several years.

He continued on radio with a regular Sunday night show on National Public Radio WEVO. In the early 1980's he passed an audition to play in a full time award winning Nashville based country band and toured from Mississippi to Arizona. He twice received the nomination for "Country Fiddler of the Year," from the Massachusetts Country Music Association.

In 1994 he won a Boston Music Awards nomination for Best Ethnic/International Act for his accordion playing while leading the Crawdad Wranglers cajun and zydeco band which has been playing for cajun dancers in New England for over 20 years.

Ryan was invited in 2000 as a special guest artist to perform at the Celebrate New Hampshire Festival sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. In 2003 he was hired to tutor fiddle at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Washington state.

After years of searching libraries from coast to coast he had discovered that no general book about folk fiddling existed. He decided to fill that niche and in 1985 founded Captain Fiddle Publications by authoring his first book, The Fiddler's Almanac, a general reference source about fiddlers and fiddling which can be presently found in over 3000 libraries in the United States and Canada.

He has since authored numerous fiddling and fiddle books, recordings, and instructional DVD videos on various musical topics. Ryan's works have received top reviews from the American Library Association and many other music publications.

In 1990 Ryan developed focal dystonia, a genetic disease which temporarily prevented him from playing his violin. He overcame his disability by devising a musician's cure for focal dystonia. He converted his fiddle to left handed, relearned to play violin, and earned his first trophy playing violin left handed at the Southern Vermont Scottish Highland Games.

His experiences have made him an excellent fiddle teacher and workshop leader and he has been invited to speak at disability forums including VSA and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. His research into handedness has resulted in the publication of an informative book on the history and practice of musicians who play violin left handed - "Playing Violin and Fiddle Left Handed." He has also authored several instructional videos for playing banjo and fiddle left handed.

For the past several years Ryan has been actively performing with his son Brennish as the Fiddling Thomsons. They have won awards including a Twin Fiddling prize at Lowell National Historic Park. They have performed widely from their home in New England to far flung places such as California, the UK, and on several tours to China.

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