Bruce Evans
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McFaddens Grand Rapids 6th Anniversary Celebration

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Evans Nov 7, 2011. 1 Reply


Session in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jenni Dec 20, 2011. 1 Reply

A weekly session is held every (almost) Sunday at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 7PM to 9PM. Good music, good food and good drink. Listeners, dancers and most any…Continue

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Arrival of the banjo in North America and Ireland

Posted on September 10, 2011 at 2:21 1 Comment

Shlomo Pestcoe is a banjo historian. In response to my request aabout arrival of the banjo in Ireland he responded with the following:


Shlomo Pestcoe

4 hours ago…

Can you identify this guitar player?

Posted on September 4, 2011 at 10:24 1 Comment


I first listened to this video to hear Gerry of course, and he marvelous, as always. But I find the guitar player's work fascinating. First of all, who is he? No, the first thing I noticed is that he is playing his acoustic guitar with an SST pickup amplified. If they were performing on a big stage that would not be unusual at all, but this is the first time I have heard an…


Star of the County Down

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 0:56 4 Comments

Hmm... We can't post videos with singing in the video section, but no explanation why. 

OK. Let's try it here.

When I came up with this arrangement of SotCD I wanted to do something different from everything else. Let me know what you think.

Hammered dulcimer - TradConnect member Jim Rathbun and his 10 year old student Noah Jefferies

6 string Banjo - Greg Kaiser

Fiddle - Kelly Kaiser

Guitar and vocal - Bruce Evans…


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At 19:32 on November 22, 2011, Sam Adelman said…

Hi Bruce,


Maybe I can send you an advance copy of "Beautiful People?" If you don't want to post your mailing address here use my off-campus e-mail at

We're looking to hold more events where we combine a screening and a seisiún after, preferably in a venue that serves food and alcohol. We've had several evenings here in NY/NJ with great success. Please check out our website for more info and a trailer, or for the PERFECT holiday gift, you can purchase more copies at

At 11:56 on October 16, 2011, Jenni said…

Thanks for the advice.  I'll see what I can hunt up video/audio wise.


At 19:45 on September 21, 2011, Robyn Kamira said…

Thanks for the reply Bruce. I sometimes sit in the sessions wondering whether it's just me that thinks two guitarists sitting in close proximity might be a little disconcerting when they're playing different chord sequences/styles, or have I missed something :)

Now I know. You've given me a little more insight so many thanks. I look forward to going through the guitar group page and picking up some extra skills and tips.


At 23:15 on September 20, 2011, Robyn Kamira said…

Hi Bruce and thanks for the welcome. While I have been playing guitar all my life, I've only been playing at sessions for a few months. I have quickly realised that my style is quite different from the other guitarists. So I have been picking up bits and pieces as I go as well as becoming familiar with the tunes.

I have no formal training and cannot read music so it's all by ear. I generally play in standard tuning and recently had a look at DADGAD. Very early stages at this point.

I am a rhythm guitarist with a rather bulshy style and have been used to playing with large groups of singers with no amp. Volume, clear unambiguous chords and a strong 'percussion' rhythm have been important as a baseline for the singers.

However, if I accompany myself then I tend to take a softer approach using a strum-picking style, playing a little more delicately, and experimenting a lot more with chord variations.

Currently, I'm keen to play at least some of the time in trad irish styles during the sessions so that my fellow players can get a sense of familiarity especially when I'm the only guitarist there. I notice if there are other guitarists there, each one plays differently. It may be somewhat a limitation that here in New Zealand we're not going to find a lot of trad irish guitarists to replicate, so I'm keen to find out what "traditional irish guitar" playing is.

I will check out the links, thanks for those :)

At 20:06 on August 23, 2011, Garry Shannon said…

No difference unless playing a special Bflat or A flute. For those, you have to have the holes offset a bit unless you have very long fingers.


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