The Heftone Banjo Orchestra

The
Heftone
Banjo
Orchestra

Brian Hefferan, Director


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Here's a merry new song by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra with Brian Hefferan on vocals: Santa Claus Rag.


Music Box Rag

Rags, Cakewalks and Marches from the Dawn of the 20th Century. Featuring multiple banjo-ukuleles playing the lead throughout.
The Compact Disc is available for sale at Elderly Instruments.



Peaceful Henry
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Guatemala - Panama March
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Persian Lamb Rag
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Music Box Rag
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Whistling Rufus
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St. Louis Tickle
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Dill Pickles
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Maple Leaf Rag
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Down Home Rag
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Eli Green's Cakewalk
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Semper Fidelis
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Policy King
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Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!

An old-time frolic featuring familiar tunes played with vigor on banjo-mandolins, banjo-ukuleles, banjo-guitars, and banjo-bass.
The Compact Disc is available for sale at Elderly Instruments.


Banjo On My Knee
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Hot Time in the Old Town
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Buffalo Gals
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Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay!
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In My Merry Oldsmobile
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Epley Breakdown
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Pop Goes the Weasel
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Ragtime Annie
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Yankee Doodle
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Dan Hefferan's Jig
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Can-Can
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Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here
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Aloha Oe
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The Instruments:

Gibson banjo ukulele - Loud and bright, three of these finger-pick the lead on all the tunes in the Music Box Rag project.

Slingerland banjo ukulele - used for rhythm. Its old original skin head gives it a wonderfully rickety tone.


Gretsch banjo ukulele - A clear-sounding banjo uke used for fingerpicking the lead on Ragtime Annie & Epley Breakdown.

Vega banjo mandolin - two of these play the lead on most numbers in the Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay project.

Gibson banjo mandolin- One of each pair of strings is tuned down an octave, which gives this banjo a distinctive, never-exactly-in-tune croaking sound. Two of these second the lead on most numbers in the Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay project.

Lyon & Healy five-string banjo - Nylon-strung. Fingerpicked on Buffalo Gals, strummed on Epley Breakdown.


Gibson banjo guitar - Big brother of the Gibson banjo mandolin. It fills out the ensemble sound.

Heftone Lojo(tm) bass banjo - The invention of my father Lawrence A. Hefferan.

The Recordings
These recordings were made in my living room using a single Shure SM-57 or Electovoice microphone plugged into my laptop computer. The instruments were played one-at-a-time, layering 4-12 tracks which were later mixed down to stereo. For software I used gnusound, which is free (GNU GPL) software writen by Pascal Haakmat, running on the linux 2.4.18 kernel. No electrons were harmed, no copyright laws were broken, and no licenses were violated.

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copyright 2002-2004 Brian Hefferan

brianhef@heftone.com