Elsewhere, Fleck and the quartet turned in a rollicking "Griff'' and a more sedate Fleck composition titled "The Landing.'' Fleck took center stage for a solo rendition of one of the movements from "The Imposter,'' the banjoists's concerto for banjo and symphony orchestra.
That iconic Stones guitar sound, Richards reveals, derived from the likes of Don Everly, Ry Cooder, and hillbilly banjoists. Richards removed the bottom string and played his axe as a five-stringed instrument.
Who wouldn't wish for a time machine to go back to that very Hrst night of the Hippodrome in its circus incarnation in October 1899, when Auber's Overture Masaniello rang up the curtain on a bill including Cliffe Berzac and his Wrestling and Boxing Pon, banjoists Edgar and Eugene, and "funny skaters" The Mayos?
Conway argues, convincingly, that early minstrels and string band musicians borrowed banjo techniques, tuning methods, some songs, and some tunes from the same source: African American banjoists. (15) Still unclear is whether early minstrels or early string bands worked out the intricacies of tuning the fiddle and banjo in a complementary manner.
By the turn of the century, according to Combs, some banjoists were starting to adapt old ballads (such as 'Pretty Polly') to their banjo styles" (Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky [Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1982], 11).