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Thread #19973   Message #208167
Posted By: Billy the Bus
07-Apr-00 - 01:03 AM
Thread Name: What does 'dueling' instruments mean?
Subject: RE: What does 'dueling' instruments mean?

Just to add my tuppence worth, from way down south. Hamilton County Bluegrass Band played Duelling Banjos as early as 1967. Banjo/Mandolin version, based, I'm sure, on the Dillards. Can't find my disc of "HCBB Live at the Poles Apart Folk Club" (1968) just now, to verify.

HCCB are an NZ group, whom I knocked around with in the 60s. They toured the States 2 or 3 times in the 70s - some of you may have seen them.

Great band, great concert, great tune - the "Poles Apart" recording was the fastest and cleanest I'd ever heard them play, until Dave Calder (mandolin) broke two strings in one go, and Alan Rhodes was all but physically restrained from upping the tempo even further.

Alas, Hamilton County seldom come out of retirement to tour these days, so I haven't seen 'em live in years. However, there is a HCBB Home Page if anyone's interested in an NZ bluegrass band.

Thanks for the lead to "Feudin' Banjo", Mbo, never heard it.

Cheers - Sam