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Subject: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jayto
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 12:57 PM

I know this is not a straight forward traditional version of Wayfaring Stranger but I like it. I am sitting here reading posts, drinking coffee, and listening to it. I thought I would share it on here. It is by one of my fav bands Sixteen Horsepower out of Denver Colorado. They are no more though but the lead singer David Eugene Edwards has another band that I really like alot. The name of that band is Woven Hand. David Eugene Edwards sings, writes (not this one of course), and plays a cool frailing banjo with Woven Hand as he did in Sixteen Horsepower. He also plays accordian (not really an accordian but I forget what it is called. Very Similar to the accordian) and guitar as well. I know some of you won't like this but I really enjoy it.
Sixteen Horsepower Wayfaring Stranger


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:04 PM

Like it to JT it is really cool
my version is a big more traditional
my version


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:15 PM

I have always thought that this version of Wayfaring Stranger was one of the greatest performances of all time, by one of the greatest talents of all time, both vocally and instrumentally.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jayto
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:16 PM

I really like your version Olddude. I do it alot more driving and many tell me more angry sounding than either version. I don't have a recording of me doing it but when I get one I will send it to you. I really like the way you do it. It reminds me more of how I heard it growing up. The area I am from is a really small area (population wise haha). When I was growing up my great uncle (who was more like my grandfather bc we were so close well still are) was a circuit preacher. On Sundays he would preach in 4 to 5 churches in Western Kentucky and Northern Tennessee. I would go with him on his weekly circuit stops. Alot of the churches were small, old, and poor. They didn't have pianos or anything and would sing unaccompanied. I remember them singing this song in one of the churches. It was built pre-Civil War and was the oldest of all the Churches he preached at. I remember being overwhelmed when they would sing this song. The drone harmonies they would but out and the minor feel to it. The Church itself mesmerized me. I remember sitting there thinking about all the history it had seen. I was only about 12 or maybe even younger so my mind drifted everytime I was there taking in all the sights and sounds. This song brings back alot of memories. It is funny I remember how spooky it felt in some ways but loving that feel. The song sounded so old to me and I was sitting in a building thinking about how it was there when all the battles of the Civil War was raging around it. To a kid a hundred plus years is forever. It was so hot in the summer I would sweat through my shirt while I was sitting in the pews and in the winter would shiver and not take my coat off. Oh I am rambling but this song brings back alot of memories.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jayto
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:22 PM

That is good Murray. I have never heard that version. I like it alot thanks. It seems like people used to switch to the major chord for a while around here with it. I am not sure when or why it all started bc when I was a kid I remember it holding the minor chord all the way through. Then the major came into play a few yrs ago but now everyone is back to the way I remember it as a kid. Of course I am talking about the way they play around here in West Kentucky. I have listened to versions played every way you can imagine of it. Funny how things like that occur. Just out of nowhere it seems they will take a trad song make it different then revert back to the trad way for the area.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:31 PM

Thanks JT ... look forward to hearing your version
Dan


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: frogprince
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:33 PM

Isaac Guillory, huh? You can't fool me; that's the guy that you see paintings of in churches, with a white robe on. Has to be. Nobody else could sing like that. : )


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:33 PM

You know, Dan, that's a darn good job of singing and fingerpicking on your version, and I only wish I could do as well,but...
I'm not sure your version is actually more traditional. Yours is the version I hear most often, but I can't help but think the oldest versions would not have used minor chords and would have been much more straight forward in their rhythm pattern. In other words, I think David Eugene Edwards might be closer to the original sound.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:36 PM

Intersting versions, all good, all different. Funny thing is, JT, I hear the version you posted as most traditional. This is a song that has plenty of elbow room for indidivual expression. I haven't done this song in probably thirty years and was only reminded of it the other day. I did it in an open tuning, slowed down and holding out the lines. It gave me the space to savor the lines and the images. No switch to a major chord, becuae I wasn't playing chords as much as patterns. I'll have to see if I can even remember how I did it.

One night I did a couple of songs at an open mike night at Gerde's Folk City and Dave Van Ronk was there. I had taken a couple of months of lessons from Dave, so he knew my music. When I started Wayfaring Stranger, he jumped up on stage and sang harmony with me. That is the only time I ever heard Dave sing harmony. I think the song pulled him in.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jayto
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:46 PM

That is a cool story Jerry. I seem to be getting into Dave more everyday. I already love his music but he is one of those that the more I listen the more I love it. There are very few people I can say that about. Especially after listening to them for years. You have probably noticed I post this alot on my FB page. I post alot of Sixteen Horsepower on FB in general but this one is up there more than most. I like the way he comes in with the Banjola after the pause. I tune my bozouki in an open G alot of times and frail it. I started doing that bc I love the sound of DEE's banjola and the bozouki really captures that same kind of feel. Plus it has the additional strings so it gets an even stranger sound to it when I play it like that. I am glad you all like it. Oh one funny note. People are always getting me and DEE mixed up. They all say that we look so much alike they get confused. My parents even confused him for me in some pics a while back so I guess I can understand other people getting confused. I mean if it fooled my parents... haha


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jayto
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:56 PM

Here is a cli[ of him with Wovenhand doing a song he wrote called Strawfoot. He is playing that banjola I was talking about in the video.
DEE playing the Banjola on his original song Strawfoot


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 02:09 PM

I stand corrected my dear friends. I guess I better listen to the real traditional versions ... this is the only one I ever heard ... Now you have me on a mission .. :-)


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 02:36 PM

I'm just guessing, olddude. The origins of this old song are shrouded in the mists. There is an old thread about it herethat has some good info. A post by okiemockbird in that thread would seem to indicate all major chords were used in the earliest published versions.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jayto
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 02:42 PM

The version I always heard growing up here in W.KY was a version that was all minor chords. Then it changed for a while but now is back to a straight minor chord thing. I know that is not saying anything about the history of the song just a local observation.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 04:18 PM

I love the Strawfoot thing.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: TopcatBanjo
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 04:47 PM

I love this song. I love to sing it at Sacred Harp Singings (it's number 457 in the book). Here's a great clip of a SH gathering singing it:

Sacred Harp Wayfaring Stranger

I was fortunate enough to see the mighty Darrell Scott singing a slightly different, funky soulful version of Wayfaring Pilgrim, as he sings it, at the Sore Fingers bluegrass camp in Oxfordshire last year when he was teaching songwriting. Here's a clip of him doing it this year. Not in any way trad, but I hope some people on here might like it.   
;o)
Darrell Scott - Wayfaring Pilgrim


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 05:31 PM

Darrell Scott...two words..HOLY SH!T. That's good.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 05:39 PM

The Darryl Scott thing really is great!


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 05:40 PM

Tim Eriksen in a midnight concert at a Polish church.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 06:24 PM

beautiful stuff folks ... just beautiful


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: TopcatBanjo
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 07:23 PM

Darrell IS incredible. I did see the Tim Eriksen version and liked that too. I like your version olddude - very nice, also the Sixteen Horsepower version that Jayto posted.

It's such an evocative song. I really need to learn to play my own interpretation on the banjo so that I can sing it at my local jam session.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 07:39 PM

Thank you that was very kind of you topcat


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 03:40 AM

Yes, you hold your own in some pretty hefty company, Dan, in these links.
This is an interesting thread, Jayto, because I think it points up the incredible degree of diversity within the Folk Idiom itself, by focussing on some very different interpretations of a single song.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: the Folk Police
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 11:07 AM

Gary Floyd


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: MikeL2
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 11:19 AM

Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: Murray MacLeod - PM
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 01:15 PM

< "I have always thought that this version of Wayfaring Stranger was one of the greatest performances of all time, by one of the greatest talents of all time, both vocally and instrumentally." >

many thanks for introducing me to this version. I agree with you that both vocally and particularly instrumentalwise it is up there with the best.

I have seen other vids of Isaac though I never got to see him live.

Normally I always associated him with hybrid picking - but he doesn't use it on this track.

thanks

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: frogprince
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 11:39 AM

Trying to figure out what's with the Gary Floyd Video; the line that comes up under it suggests that he does it with a punk-rock group called The Dicks, and the...ummm...art?.. that comes up midway thru looks like something that could be expected with punk rock. Was this in fact something that a punk group threw in just for a change of pace? If so, talk about genre-bending! And who would expect something that sweet to come from a punk group?


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 05:35 PM

LonesomeEJ
you are very kind thank you my dear friend.


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: the Folk Police
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 07:41 PM

Frogprince - The Dicks always had a little bit more blues and folk in them than your average hardcore band. However, this track was recorded many years after Gary had left the Dicks - he was subsequently in Sister Double Happiness and a couple of other bands before releasing a couple of lovely solo albums of folk, country and blues. He's got a wonderful voice. I had a quick check on the web as I hadn't heard any new releases from him in a while and I'm pleased to report he's still going strong... check out "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" on his Myspace page...


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 09:15 PM

Gary floyd ... just dropped my jaw ... how incredible are these gifted artist all doing their own take on this wonderful song ... my gosh thank you for sharing ... wow


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: olddude
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 11:22 AM

A great version from Fretkillr
Fretkillr


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Subject: RE: I like this version of WayfaringStranger
From: peregrina
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 11:33 AM

Hobart Smith, Almeda Riddle, Bill Monroe and Clarence Ashley with Doc Watson are also worth hearing: here are links to two:

Bill Monroe

Almeda Riddle


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