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MP3 Peter K. Siegel & Eli Smith - Twelve Tunes For Two Banjos

A handcrafted album of old time banjo duets, primarily in claw-hammer style. Siegel and Smith play and sing traditional ballads, blues, and breakdowns with a keen sense of symmetry, harmony, and counterpoint.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (27:14) !
Related styles: COUNTRY: Old-Timey, FOLK: Traditional Folk

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These are PETER K. SIEGEL’s first recorded banjo performances since he played on Elektra’s Old Time Banjo Project in 1964. Says Siegel: “You play this thing long enough, it begins to sound pretty good!”

In the interim, he produced more than 60 albums of traditional and roots-based music. Peter’s productions include albums by Doc Watson, Hazel Dickens, Joseph Spence, Roy Buchanan, Paul Siebel, and Los Pleneros de la 21.

Siegel founded the Nonesuch Explorer Series, for which he produced 15 albums of traditional world music. Folk Roots (UK) called Siegel “one of the earliest shapers of interest in world music.” His Gorô Yamaguchi album, A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky, continues to make its way spaceward in NASA’s Voyager Time Capsule.

His recent three-CD boxed set Friends of Old Time Music was released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The New York Times called the set “a boxed set of awesome and concentrated power” and The Boston Globe called it “a precious, wildly beautiful document.”

ELI SMITH is a banjo player, writer, researcher and promoter of folk music living in New York City. He regularly plays in a string band known as The Dust Busters, as part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective, and hosts the internet radio show Down Home Radio.

He also presents Down Home Live, every second Saturday of the month at Banjo Jim’s on the Lower East Side, as well as the first annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, scheduled for May 15-17th, 2009.

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