Both are played on the dobro. “An Early Fall” is from my Redwood Melodies CD, and is about my niece Casey, when she was born premature. “Child’s Play” (with Michael Manring) is about childhood spontaneity and trying to hold on to that as we get older. – Carl Weingarten
This beautiful atmospheric piece by San Francisco Bay Area guitarist, composer and photographer Carl Weingarten features dobro and acoustic guitar.
Little Island is one of small group of compositions for dobro and acoustic guitars that I wrote for the CD Life Under Stars. Rather than playing chords with rhythm guitars, I composed several slow arpeggios, some at different lengths to be played in layers. Together they created an intimate and atmospheric mood. Against that movement I played melodies and phrases at random, with a slide at the end to pull everything together. The whole song is very seductive. It’s one of my favorites on the CD. – Carl Weingarten
I put a lot of thought into the arrangement of this traditional song before it was ready to record. The first verse pays tribute to the outstanding versions of Davy Graham and Bert Jansch. Verse two changes to a major key countermelody. After a connecting bridge, the third verse moves to a high, sparse variation that represents a ghostly visitation from the deceased young lover.
I play She Moved Through The Fair in dropped D tuning, though it is in the key of G. This recording is a single complete take with no edits, exactly as I perform it in concert. – Phil Campbell (The San Francisco Hobbyhorse)
South African guitarist Tony Cox plays this delightful acoustic instrumental version of a popular song from his country.
This tune, Jabulani, which in Zulu means ‘rejoice’, became a pop hit in the 70’s on South African radio and now, decades later is a beloved old classic. This is the first time to my knowledge the song has ever been played as a fingerstyle guitar piece…enjoy! – Tony Cox
You can hear Jabulani from his album Padkos on the Radio Guitar station.