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Mandoline and harmony vocals - Björna
Guitar and lead vocals - Johannes

This is a take for diggers of real life raw jamming. An unplanned jam with my friend Björna.
It starts out just as simple jamming and later transfigures into Shady Groove. A song we both know.

Matters of curiosity:
- This is the first time I post something including a "real life" friend of mine.
- Singing is a very new thing for me to dare. Have not been singing much at all in my life.
- The mikes have caught some strange miss-sound here and there, it is very live, just a living room.

The situation:
We were to attend a friends birthday party later that night, where we also were asked to contribute with music (the photo was taken on that party). Before the party when we were gathering in my house, I had the recording gear ready and set up in the living room since Björna never say no to a jam (and these jams never become dull).

So when he arrived with his mandoline I just had to push the record button and let the recording roll. Actually Björna never understood that the recording was already on when we did this. (Now of course he do, and is agreeing to this MJ-posting).

History:
The combination Björna and me have not been playing much together at all. We started out jamming together for a few times in a music café, and thereafter Björna asked me to join in for two café gigs backing his songs. A few jams, then two gigs, and now a birthday party, that's what we have done together so far.

I hope more will come. As Björna so aptly puts it; we were "moving in the same musical landscape".
If you have done the experience of jamming .. and you don't have to talk much about the music .. you just play it .. and it works .. then you know how fun this can be.

The song:
Very traditional. I don't know much about it. But when I've tried so search internet for lyrics I am getting several different sets of lyrics. Guess that's a hallmark of traditional songs.
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Plays: 132
Downloads: 169
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Uploaded: Nov 26, 2007 - 04:03:35 PM
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2007 - 04:03:35 PM Last Played: Oct 13, 2018 - 05:53:15 PM
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Hardware:
Guitar, Mandoline, Golden Age Project R1 ribbon mics. Presonus Firewire interface. PowerBook.
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Comments
Roxylee said 4035 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Swedicana
I love this relaxed jamming blend of the guitar and mondolin. Hey, Curry, you should sing more often. What a treat! :-)
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said 4035 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Out of sight!
This is one of the most enjoyable, fun live jams I have heard. What a connection you two have... one can hear and follow as you play off each other. Priceless. And Curry, you're singing! You sound great. We will have more of that, please.

Most enjoyable.

D
Cori Ander said 4035 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Roxylee and Jack!
Wow thank you both Roxylee and Jack! Your support is important. Actually a yearning for singing has become stronger and stronger within since just this last summer. Less than half a year. That is interesting because I've not had it before.
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Feter said 4035 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Shady Groove
there s nothing wonderfull more than live session .
and with such cool insteruments and skills just love
it .very fv song of mine the singin realy nice my
friend ,wish to hear more ..how awesome just totaly
live session .thanks alot for sharin it !

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said 4034 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Excellent!
I love a good jam and this really smokes. Who needs electric with acoustic playing like this? I have several versions of this old trad under the title "Shady Grove." It's long been a fave of mine you know...Nice post Curry!

Be well!

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paddler said 4034 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
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i agree - the singing is great,especially where you are both in harmony.You both have an excellent sense of rhythm and timing.Sounds like a great cafe specially with entertainment like this

RG
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Ed Hannifin said 4034 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Now in MY world....
...we used to jam on this under its alter-ego version, 'Matty Groves'... And it could morph into 'Drunken Sailor' if we weren't careful...

This has a great living room jam feel, a nice liveliness... You can tell that real, living people are playing it...

Ed
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Cori Ander said 4034 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
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oh how i'd love to hear one of these jams!
you dont happen to have any recordings left in forgotten drawers?
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kristyjo said 4033 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
This is so cool-
because the mic was there at the right time to catch such a great jam. I do like the vocal harmonies. What a nice surprise, Curry!
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jiguma said 4033 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Realia!
It's just great hearing you in this context Johannes. You and Bjrna play so well together - casual and obviously enjoying the moment. Also good to hear your voice here - you need to do more singing, it sounds good.
I envy you having someone to jam with (especially someone who plays in such a sympathetic way with you.
Neil
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said 4033 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
what changed?
johannes, how have you kept your lips together all this time WHEN YOU CAN SING???????? i absolutely LOVE this jam. from the first spunky mandolin smack to the beautiful last note of resolution - it's bursting with the energy of 2 men connected by their musical minds.

bizarre, but you sound soooo american, johannes. what do you think has changed in your life to bring out the good vocal from you?

my hat is off to the both of you - the instruments are so happy in each other's company, and when your voices merge, LO, it is very good. yes we WILL have more of this, PLEASE!!! happy anne
DWL said 4033 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Fine guitar sound
and a nice flowing interplay.

Good stuff.

Cheers

Dick

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Ibstrat said 4033 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Really nice
take on this song.I love the Garcia-Grissman version-yours is right up there!
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Ibstrat said 4033 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Really nice
take on this song.I love the Garcia-Grissman version-yours is right up there!
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Joe Brady said 4033 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
So Good!
I knew it: you are great in a jam. I knew it the first time I saw a picture of you and that guitar. I pray someday to have the pleasure of playing with you.
Cheers,
Joe
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Vic Holman said 4032 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
well of course we knew
..you can play fine gutar

but a real treat to have sing as well. hope you think of doing more vocalizing!
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craft said 4032 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
cool song
I love this relaxing jam... The singing is good too. Wounderful collab for a really lovely song
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said 4032 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
very nice
I was putting my baby down to sleep and this song seemed to sooth her. thanks !
Komrade K said 4031 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Sounds like you were having a really good time
Like EJH I know this tune as Matty Groves - and found myself singing a long with a different set of words! You've got a lovely grove going there - great to listen too - perhaps you ought to record one of your live sessions in front of an audience?

Good to see the mandolin becoming such a popular instrument on MJ these days...

KK
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timothy devine said 4031 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
well Cori
I am very happy u hit the record button
this is covered by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman with the same two instruments as you guys

on an album named ah ah
oh yea
"Shady Grove"
they also do a great cover of Down in the Vally"
a must hear...

this is great stuff

if you guys jam again be sure to hit the record button..
don't forget


try 'down in the valley' for me
one i learnd as a kid and is so cool to hear too


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Cori Ander said 4028 days ago (December 3rd, 2007)
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Thanks a lot fo that information. I didn't know of these recordings. Found it on iTunes .. great!
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eorthman said 4017 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Haven't even listened to it yet...
... but I know it will be good. My Net connection is too slow to stream, so I'm downloading. As others have mentioned, "Shady Grove" is the same tune as "Matty Groves." Matty is an English folk tune about a noble woman who seduces a young man. Later, both Matty and the woman are killed by the woman's husband. When the song crossed the Atlantic some 200 years ago, it morphed a bit into--depending upon the version--a depiction of American frontier life, or a glorification of infidelity. As far as I know, the Shady Grove lyric originated in the Appalacians, where from also came bluegrass music; the song is a staple of all bluegrass players. My theory is that the story of infidelity rewarded with a gruesome death had become the subject of *so many* early American folk songs that someone rewrote Matty Groves to give it a new theme.

Just in case anyone cares...

Still 20 minutes to go on the download. Looking forward to listening to it.
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MrsCurry said 3948 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Ha!
think I took the picture :-)
We had a lot of fun that evening!
Cori Ander said 3943 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Yes
True, you took the photo!
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Bob6stringer said 3891 days ago (April 18th, 2008)
Viva le call & response!
It is trad, and/but sounds trad, too. The best thing about it for me is the sensitive interplay that's impossible to achieve by any other means than live play. So good to hear it.
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MunichG said 3827 days ago (June 21st, 2008)
Very cool vibe
Relaxed as can be. I like it, also the vocal harmony! I'd love to hear more like this.
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Livingstone said 3507 days ago (May 7th, 2009)
WoW!!
great work!! nice play within the stereo field..

a good take on a classic.. love the vocal harmonies as well.. enjoyed the jam!!
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