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What I love about this song is that, for all that happens to him, the man is still completely infatuated by the woman wearing the black velvet band

It's an updated version of an old Irish/Australian folk song set in the 19th century when people were transported from Britain to Australia for petty crimes. Van Dieman's land is the original name for Tasmania, the southern-most state of Australia, separated from the mainland by Bass Strait.

Artwork from http://grimbert.net/eire/ceol/black_velvet_band.html
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Black Velvet Band

In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o'er me
And I had to flee from the land
Away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.

Chorus
Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulders
Tied up with a black velvet band.

And as I went strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far
I spied a pretty young damsel
Parading her wares in the bar.
A watch she took from a customer
And slipped it right into my hand
Then the law came and put me in prison
Bad luck to the black velvet band.

Chorus

Next morning before judge and jury
For a trial I had to appear
And the judge, he said, "Me fine young fella
The case against you is quite clear
And seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's Land
Away from your friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band."

Chorus
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Uploaded: Apr 03, 2011 - 05:51:42 PM
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011 - 07:36:19 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 07:27:07 PM
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Hardware:
Line 6 UX 3
Samson condenser mike
Maton FG 100 stell strung acoustic for the rhythm tracks
Gibson Howard Roberts for the lead lines x 2
An old bass guitar...
Software:
Garageband
Comments
alackbass said 2242 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Black Velvet Band
Sweet! Great vocal and harmonies! You're quite a bass player! A very melodic and supportive line!
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Philip18 said 2242 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks Andrew, I appreciate the positive comments. Not so sure about my bass playing. I haven't done much of it, and in songs like this I can get away with lots of arpeggios. I think I might be found out if I had to work with a good drummer!
PeterB7858 said 2242 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
Fresh feel
Hi Philip. You have given this traditional song a nice fresh feel. The vocals / harmonies are engaging and your guitar work complements things nicely. The mix/master is also good. I now understand why you had to leave at halftime :-) Talk soon, Peter.
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Philip18 said 2242 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks Peter! Yes, playing guitar was a much better option than watching the Roos and the Pies!
jfisenne said 2242 days ago (April 3rd, 2011)
You have a nice balance
of sounds here. Soft acoustic guitars, bass, and vocal harmonies - all spread nicely across my headphones. Well Done!
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Philip18 said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for the comments! Sometimes I think I can get too carried away with the possibilities Garageband offers, and make the song messy, so I'm pleased that you liked the balance!
Char said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Oh, what
a wicked woman. Loved your playing and singing. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for listening.
BlueAttitude said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Nice!
I love the old traditional folk songs, never heard this one though. Nice job on this, wnjoyed the listen :) ~Dave
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Philip18 said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks, Dave. Those old folk songs are easy to work with because of their simple structure, so at this stage of my Garageband use (I'm just starting) I find the technology challenging enough - but I'll try more complex things as times goes by...
Feter said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Black Velvet Band
One of my old time fav from the Dubliners ..great take ..I really enjoy it ..cheers !!
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Philip18 said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for listening - songs like this one are great fun to perform!
mrattue said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Nice
version of this old tune. i learn from Google that it was sung all over Britain and Ireland, the earliest recorded versions being from Hampshire and Essex, in the early part of the Nineteenth Century.

i love the gentle way you sing this and the warm, melodic accompaniment.

Very much enjoyed. Thank You!


marc
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Philip18 said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Marc. I can't even remember when I first heard the song - many years ago!
TheReverendAG said 2241 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
I know this song.
This version is awesome. The guitar almost makes it kind of country-westernish. A nice twist to an old classic. Well done.
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Philip18 said 2240 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for listening, Andrew, and for the comment. Yes, the style is a little mixed - bit of folk, bit of jazz, bit of country... Glad you like it!
jiguma said 2239 days ago (April 6th, 2011)
Classy recording Phil
Nice balance, great guitar recording and vocals. This has a nice "round" presence in my phones.
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Neil
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Philip18 said 2238 days ago (April 7th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Neil. Ww all know (don't we?) that you have to be multi-skilled to be a schoolteacher, and MacJams provides an outlet for this! I am glad you like the sound. I do like to fill it out, and sometimes worry that it gets too busy.
johnwhitehead said 2238 days ago (April 7th, 2011)
Band
My wife and I fell in love with this song on our trip to Ireland last October. You do a great rendition. Love your singing. Glad to have another folkie aboard the good ship MJ.
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Philip18 said 2238 days ago (April 7th, 2011)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the song, John. This is a slightly abridged version (something I didn't realise until recently) and there are some bawdier versions around. I did start out in folk music - went to school when we used to sing a few traditional Australian or British folk songs in class, then as a teenager on to The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, then Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Rush or the English guitarists like Bert Jansch and John Renbourne - the list goes on. Moved into jazz more as time went on but still have a deep affection for folk songs - the simplicity of their structure makes them easy to work with.
Mojekay said 2236 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
BVB
A great song well sang!
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Philip18 said 2234 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks for listening, Martin, and for the positive comments - much appreciated!
drakonis said 2220 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
well sung and nice choice
Very nice folk song, and I always like reading the background for music so thank you for the information on it. Your voice is the star here, although the guitar and bass playing are very nice, and the mix is rich and clear... I still come away thinking that your singing voice is smooth and confident and great to listen to. Bravo!
ttfn,
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Philip18 said 2218 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments about the voice - I think there are some songs it suits and some it doesn't, but I do like singing a few traditional folk songs!
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Name: Philip Gardner
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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