Andy McGann recorded these the other way round. Strings a bit squeeky (didn't have any emery paper handy).

The best version of The Banks Hornpipe is to be heard on a mid '60s LP by the Ian Campbell Folk Group and palyed by Dave Swarbrick. To my mind this album is the best to come out of the Folk Scare of that time.


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Comment by Quentin Page on June 13, 2014 at 3:55pm
Thanks for your reply,yes nice explanation,and that is why most of us use short scale tenor banjos,but I also play further down the neck too,and of course the fingered notes are using a shorter string length easy to play etc. so well done friend,carry on,it's good to see it,and I hope some other banjoists will take note.
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Comment by Gordon Johnston on June 13, 2014 at 3:21pm

Glad you liked it Quentin. I only play up the neck because it's not so big a stretch. It's the same fingering but on the inner strings. The simple fact is, I can't play comfortably in Gm in the first position. It's much easier in the other.

Comment by Quentin Page on June 13, 2014 at 2:35pm
Like the way you use the whole fretboard,not many players of Irish music use all the frets ,but that is what they are for of course,also like your finger style playing.

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