Early Blues Roots In Dublin

Some wonderful footage of familiar Dublin sites in the 1930s and 1940s. Song: Al Bowlly’s Riptide Courtesy of Signal – XFM Dublin Ireland.


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Blues Roots-Tim Sparks

The tunes in this collection evoke a time when American roots music crystallized and was transformed by the effects of recordings and radio. Some of these selections were written for guitar, others are adaptations from piano and jazz band arrangements. A long list of blues roots Music fingerstyle guitarists particularly influenced the material covered in Fingerstyle Roots, Rags…. Duck Baker, Pat Donohue, Woody Mann, Steve James, Eric Lugosch, Eric Schonberg, Ernie Hawkins, Dakota Dave Hull, Phil Heywood, Guy van Duser, Lasse Johansson, Andy Ellis and Teja Gerken.

Tim Sparks has been redefining the acoustic guitar repertoire since he won the US National Fingerstyle Championship in 1993 with a ground-breaking arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Since then, Sparks has continued to surprise, challenge, and thrill audiences with his diverse repertoire and stunning technique. Equally at home within the Country, Blues Roots Ragtime, Jazz or World Music genres, Sparks’ extraordinary ability to adapt virtually any music to the solo guitar has earned him an international reputation as one of the most innovative guitarists working today.

Sparks has seven solo CDs to his credit including The Nutcracker Suite, One String Leads to Another and Guitar Bazaar on Peter Finger’s Acoustic Music Records. He has also recorded four projects for John Zorn’s Tzadik label, Neshamah, Tanz, At the Rebbe’s Table and Masada Guitars, (with Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot).

Fingerstyle Roots, Rags…… presents two completely different arrangements of “Amazing Grace,” a rendition of Mother Maybelle Carter’s “Victory Rag” and early Jazz and Blues by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake. Sparks breaks down each tune, passage by passage, in detailed video explanations, notation and tabs that not only allow you to play the songs, but also gives you a treasure trove of chord voicing, licks, scales and turnarounds to use in your playing. The Delta blues, first recorded in the 1920s, was one of the earliest types of blues music and originated in Mississippi in the Delta.


Classic female blues roots was an early form of blues music, popular in the 1920s. An amalgam of traditional folk and urban theatre music, the style is also known as vaudeville blues. Classic were performed by female singers accompanied by pianists or small jazz ensembles and were the first blues to be recorded.It was Chicago, however, that played the greatest role in the development of urban blues. In the 1920s and ’30s Memphis Minnie, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy, and Sonny Boy Williamson were popular Chicago performers

Being a musician from a young age I began singing at the age of five. I have been a live performer for about thirty years and have played in many bands from covers bands to original ensembles. At twenty I began to write a lot of my own songs and still do today and have written about two hundred works.

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