“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung #American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “The One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung as a drinking song. Although it has no original connection to Christmas, it became associated with Christmas music and the holiday season in the 1860s and 1870s, and it was featured in a variety of parlor song and college anthologies in the 1880s. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder; this recording, believed to be the first Christmas record, is lost, but an 1898 recording also from Edison Records survives
Everybody knows the Beatles, and by now, everybody has heard of Peter Jackson’s documentary “Get Back”. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. It’s a window into an era when people made music on actual instruments.
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We have student violin outfits and mandolins for sale. We take Venmo and Paypal. They may be picked up at our location in Granby. Please wear a mask and socially distance. These are the instruments in stock:
This is a Palatino Campus Outfit. The violin is hand-made with maple back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, pegs and saddle. The outfit comes with a padded shaped case, shoulder straps, rosin, and a wooden violin bow. We replaced the Chinese strings with D’Addario violin strings. We set up the bridge and tested the instrument.
$275 with Setup $175 without Setup (original strings, no adjustments or testing)
This is a MandoMo Bluegrass Cat F5 Mandolin. The instrument is hand-made with maple back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, solid tailpiece, nut, pegs and saddle. It comes with a custom hard-shell case
Here’s a little tune I know called “Red Wing”, aka Union Maid by Woodie Guthrie, who borrowed the tune Redwing. Kerry Mills, the composer of Redwing, actually used the melody of Schumann’s Merry Peasant, aka “The Happy Farmer” in Suzuki violin book 1.
Here’s my version of this lively tune:
I’d love to teach it to you! Click the button below to contact me about classes
Introducing the Star of the County Down on fiddle by Adam Sweet.
Also known as Diversus And Lazarus, Dives And Lazarus, Gilderoy, Kingsfold, The Star Of County Down, The Star Of The County Down March, When First I Left Old Ireland, Reáilt Condae An Dún, The Star Barndance. The words are by Cathal MacGarvey (1866–1927) from Ramelton, County Donegal. The melody is ancient, and may be known as “Dives and Lazarus” or (as a hymn tune) “Kingsfold”. The melody was also used in an Irish folk song called “My Love Nell”. The lyrics tell the story of a young man who courts a girl but loses her when she emigrates to America.
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