New Release! Dos Señoritas – Classic Banjo Duets
Aaron Jonah Lewis and Ben Belcher
Get ready for medium thrills and maximum enjoyment! This collection of classic banjo duets represents some of the most popular music of the English-speaking world just before audio recording technology became widely available.
The music offers a variety of evocative moods to excite the imagination -- it's technically challenging to execute but very easy to listen to.
This may be the first collection of exclusively classic banjo duets ever recorded, including two pieces by the Mozart of the Banjo himself, Joe Morley, two by another great UK banjo composer, Emile Grimshaw, and a monstrous Grand Polka de Concert by US composer, Paul Eno, entitled Cupid's Arrow.
- Zarana (Joe Morley) 3:34
- You and a Canoe (Emile Grimshaw) 3:39
- Cupid’s Arrow (Paul Eno) 3:01
- The Banshee (Emile Grimshaw) 3:34
- A Banjo Frolic (Joe Morley) 3:03
- Mauna Loa (Joe Morley) 5:01
Recorded by Keith Billik
Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Graham
Artwork by Grace van't Hof
All songs public domain
Agilest Music 2023
Mozart of the Banjo · The Joe Morley Project
Modern day banjo virtuoso Aaron Jonah Lewis performs various pieces by the legendary classic finger-style banjoist Joe Morley, aka the “Lightning Player,” on this stunning new Tiki Parlour CD release.
This CD features a densely-packed booklet of liner notes written by several contributors including Smithsonian’s Greg Adams, musician Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Aaron Jonah Lewis himself.
“Mozart of the Banjo is just spectacular! Aaron’s playing and overall musicality is just top notch. Bravo, what else can I say? Tone is fantastic, timing is spot on, just full of life. Piano playing is truly awesome. What a commitment — astounding.” —Jens Kruger
“I’m hugely impressed. Aaron brings back these good old days – I’m just loving it. Aaron is so deep inside this style and his playing is great.” –Tony Trischka
“Aaron could sit in with any of the greats, Ossman, Van Eps, Bickford, Spaulding, Bowen, etc., and be at home.” – Joel Hooks, American Banjo Fraternity