“Live in Tokyo, Japan”
“Live in Tokyo, Japan” is the latest release by Tim Lake and showcases his live solo show on banjo and vocal with guest appearances by two of Tokyo’s fine traditional musicians, Shofu Yoneya on Shakuhachi and Jo Fujii on Shamisen. Recorded live on October 26, 1997 as a joint project between Padraig Records and Tokyo’s Audio Park label, this performance is unique because it features Lake’s eclectic banjo playing and singing in an unaccompanied format. Seven of Lake’s original songs are featured along with exceptional arrangements of Japanese classics such as “Sakura, Sakura” (with Shakuhachi) and “Tsugaru Duet” (with Shamisen).
Cripple Creek, I Can Play the Banjo/The Chromatic Shuffle, My Old Kentucky Home, Ellington and the Andes On the Banjo/Satin Doll/El Condor Pasa/Caravan, Only Eat When You’re Hungry, Vilvaldi’s Breakdown, Emily, Handel’s Dueling Banjos/Con Alleluia Y Sarabande, Pretty Polly, Was It Something You Said?, Everybody Walks With Jesus, Kojo No Tsuki (Old Castle By Moonlight), Sakura, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), Tsugaru Duet
“Jazz With Bluegrass And Blues”
Padraig Records (PAD35440CD/CT) Available on CD and cassette
Recorded with his trio, The Little Big Band, these performances successfully blend the singer-songwriter and banjo player attributes of his music. Hailed as one of “the great banjoists of any style” (Dirty Linen — Feb/Mar 1995) and an “especially good lyricist conveying social justice and ecological concerns” (Louisville Music News — April 1996), this recording will appeal both to listeners interested in instrumental virtuosity and fine songwriting. This is his only recording that features standard bluegrass band instrumentation throughout (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass). Each song flows smoothly to the next while retaining a wide range of stylistic influences and a unique and eclectic banjo style. Thirteen of his best songs to date are featured. “Jazz With Bluegrass And Blues” is available on compact disc and cassette.
Jazz With Bluegrass And Blues, Everybody Walks With Jesus, I Come From Kentucky, Fire With Love, A Loser’s Attitude, Sheehan’s Smile, Big Old Ambur Oak, If It Weren’t For Growing Up, conservative clothes, A Great Country, A Big Fat Blowhard Like You, Home In My Eyes, Are You Happy?, Handel’s Dueling Banjos Con Alleluia Sarabande
“An American Concerto For 5-String Banjo And Orchestra”
Padraig Records (PAD35438CD/CT) Available on compact disc and cassette
As winner of Kentucky’s prestigious Al Smith Fellowship for music composition and twice recognized by ASCAP’s Standard Awards panel, this concerto, entitled An American Concerto For 5-String Banjo And Orchestra was composed by Tim Lake and released as a LIVE recording on Padraig Records. The premiere took place on April 27, 1993, by Tim Lake and the Atlanta-Emory Orchestra under the direction of Jere Flint at Glenn Memorial Auditorium in Atlanta Georgia. The concerto is a three movement work of original themes with stylistic influences spanning the complete history of music. It is a semi-programmatic work which depicts an immigrant’s voyage to America. This piece is undoubtedly the first of its kind and should be a must for any serious collector of music. Other original compositions offered in this package are unique solo piano works and an oboe/bassoon duet. The potential of the 5-string banjo is further explored with Tim’s arrangement of Beethoven’s classic Für Elise.
An American Concerto For 5-String Banjo And Orchestra, Five Piano Pieces Portraying Fall 1990 (Bozo The Drunk, Halloween, Street Noise, Extremities (Hendrix plays the classics), What To Do (Earthquake 1990), When I First Met Miyuki, Beethoven On The Banjo: Für Elise, and Clouds For Alice
“Only In The Movies”
A most diverse banjo recording ranging from classical to jazz to Bluegrass combined with original songs in the highest singer-songwriter tradition. This recording sets out to expand the musical possibilities of 5-string banjo repertoire in the instrumental and lyrical categories. The poetic and socially significant lyrics are enhanced by the accompanying banjo while many classical instrumentals are given renderings worthy of a virtuoso, yet accessible to all listeners.
Cherokee, Only In The Movies, Vivaldi’s Breakdown, Sometimes We’re Afraid Of Butterflies, Classics On The Banjo, A Prophet In Your Hometown, Big Blue On The Banjo, This World Is Your World, Bach On The Banjo: Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring/Minuet In G, Slide On The Banjo: Red Rooster, Standards On The Banjo, Thank God She’s Gone, Four Brothers, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas/The Lord’s Prayer
“I Can Play The Banjo” LSR Records (LSR 3454) Available on cassette
“Sweet ‘N Sour” LSR Records (LSR 3032) Available on cassette
“It’s Got To Be Love” LSR Records (LSR 3030) Available on cassette
“Same Old Roadside Inn” Rounder Records (RR3028) Available on LP and cassette
In 1996, Dr. Lake finished his first symphony, “A Symphony Of Kentucky” with Movement III containing an optional 5-string banjo part. Write, email or call us for score/performance information for this new work.
For more information about Tim Lake, recordings, and other merchandise, contact:
Padraig Records, LLC
P.O. Box 31