Adventures in Frailing

The interview with Jack Scrimshaw for his show on Ultimate Radio was a rare treat. I just have to wrap my brain around the fact that I am not the kid struggling to learn or the young hotshot struggling to prove himself. I’m in the early stages of being the old guy now.

I guess I’ll have to save up for some good cigars. A lot of the old guys who taught me were chewing on stogies.

Jack said that the interview will air around Christmastime. Give Jack’s show a listen in the meantime: Route 66 with Jack Scrimshaw.

After the interview I got a note that my name had come up in a podcast.

Davey Psychotronic was on Rock Radio Bitch talking about punk rock and banjos. My name came up somewhere along the way.

In the evening a local guitar player stopped by for some help getting started with frailing. I was worn out so Dear Old Dad helped her out. She got the basics right away.

Tomorrow I’ll get back to producing episodes of Sing the Banjo!

Goodnight, and God bless.


We will not be posting an episode of Sing the Banjo! tomorrow. I have a lot of work to do on things for The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat and a few other projects.

I am also going to be interviewed by Jack Scrimshaw for his show on Ultimate Radio in the afternoon, and somebody is stopping by #6 Potomac Street after that to pick a little bit.

Sing the Banjo! will be back on Thursday.

Right now I’m tired and my ears still hurt from yesterday., I’m going to curl up with Pooka and a much of redbush tea to watch a terrible movie.

God bless,


If anybody gets creative and wants to film a workshop we will be more than happy to share it here. Send links, requests, rants and raves to


Next Week

Next week we will be launching our new series of frailing banjo videos. These new videos will be different from the Daily Frail workshops on YouTube.

When my father and I were starting out in music we hand none of the luxuries available to students today. If we wanted tab we had to write it ourselves. If we wanted lyrics to a song we bought a songbook or tracked down a recording somewhere and wrote them by hand. If we couldn’t find tab or lyrics we created our own.

In a 1964 interview, Picasso said of computers, “But they are useless. They can only give you answers.” Right now the Internet is swimming with answers but good questions are hard to find. Our new video series is aiming to change this.

I will not be providing tab, chord progressions or lyrics in the new videos. I will instead be challenging you to apply the information provided in The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo.

When we launch the new series next week I hope you tune in and play along. Be sure to have your copy of The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo handy. I would also suggest you get a musical staff notebook for jotting down licks and lyrics. Writing by hand seems to be better for memory than typing.

See you soon!

God bless,