Chuck Levy

 

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Welcome to Banjourneys

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my online music hut.  Take a look around, set a spell, give me a holler.  My Banjourney has led me to all sorts of interesting people an places, from Ohio and Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Mars and back, to The Gambia and Senegal, and home to Gainesville, Florida.  Along the way I have picked a bunch of banjos, a few fiddles, and an akonting or two as well, and some stories to tell.  What about you?

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Chuck Levy
2009-10-25
From Ola Belle Reed

Story

This is a song I first heard on the "Old-Time Banjo in America" CD produced by Art Rosenbaum. I always found Ola Belle's presentation complelling. I added to verses from a Dirk Powell recording. I use an Ola Belle style clawhammer which includes index up-picking on the first string and a two finger picking style as well. I use the up-picking between the verses
Chuck Levy
2009-10-25

Story

These are two songs I learned from Remi Diatta while I was in Lamin, Gambia. Remi doesn't speak English, and I don't speak Jola, so Daniel Jatta translated. However, Daniel's Dialect is a little different than Remi's so there may have been some slippage. This is what Daniel translated from Remi: Belecha is a beuatiful girl who is asked by her boyfriend to kneel down in front of him in public so that the community will know that she is in love with him so that nobody else can take her from him. Miriam Sajoe is a beautiful woman who disappointed a suitor by keeping company with another man. In the songthe jilted suitor is saying "My beautiful girl named Mariam Sajoe left me but I won't blame her. I wil ljust have to accept that it is the will of God.
Chuck Levy with Dave Forbes
2009-10-25

Story

A great West Virginia fiddle tune. I am a great fan of Dave's fiddling. I accompany him on the 6-string fretless banjo
Chuck Levy
2009-10-25

Story

I first heard this traditional cowboy tune as sung by Loudon Wainwright III on his second LP. Decades later, I found it creeping out of my fingers, first on the banjo, and then on the fiddle. I am joined here by my good friend Mike Eberle on fiddle.
Chuck Levy
2009-10-25
Mick Jagger and Keigh Richards

Story

One of the last songs that Brian Jones participated on. A Slightly maudlin yet haunting song with Mike Eberle on fiddle and Chuck Levy on the 6 string fretted banjo.