Bob Evans Newsletter – Vol. 1 – No. 2

Tune Town

News from Bob Evans

Vol. 1 No. 2 – December 2011

In this issue:

  • an MP3 and transcription for the traditional ballad Lord Randal
  • BREAKING NEWS: Christmas is coming!

Living In The Past

Part 2 – Lord Randal

I   introduced the Living in the Past project in the last newsletter. For those coming in late or needing to jog their memories, you can find the complete details about it here.

But to briefly recap, this project is a response to requests I’ve had to re-release my first album that was recorded almost forty years ago. I can’t do that now for technical reasons. So I decided to revisit and re-record the songs from the album and make them available through this newsletter. As I mentioned previously, the eponymously titled debut album was an eclectic mix from a variety of folk genres. This issue’s tune, Lord Randal, comes from the traditional folk category.

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Click here to download audio and transcription


Lord Randal is one of the most well-known of the English murder ballads. It is the story of a young man who has lunch with either his girlfriend or, in the version I sing, his stepmother. He returns home not feeling well and through a series of probing questions from his mother realizes he has been poisoned. It’s sort of like CSI 1700’s style.

My arrangement is an adaptation of Martin Carthy’s version from his 1972 album, Shearwater. Carthy was one of my guitar idols in the early ’70s. I loved both his unique guitar style and his approach to interpeting traditional songs. On Shearwater Carthy used a dulcimer as the main accompaniment instrument and I was drawn to how it drove the story along. I subsequently arranged a guitar part in Carthy’s style that tried to capture the energy of the’s dulcimer part.

For the Guitar Geeks out there I’ll mention I originally arranged this using Carthy’s tuning of DADEAE. However, I don’t use open tunings very much these days, so I have adjusted the guitar part to be played out of Drop D tuning. You can find the transcription of the guitar part here at my website.

Bob Evans Breaks 5K World Record for Joggling

T hat’s right. You guessed it. I’m not THAT Bob Evans. But this is still a feat worth mentioning, and I’m quite happy to ride his coattails to fame.

This Bob Evans is from Wisconsin and he and his wife Trish are world class jogglers. What is joggling? It is juggling while running. That’s it. Pretty simple, eh? Just try it yourself sometime. And then try running at full race speed.

You can read the complete account of the feat here.

If you haven’t had your daily fix of juggling, here’s a video showing off Bob’s and Trish’s impressive juggling chops. My favourite shots are at 1:25 and 1:50.

As always, if you’d like to check out the complete list of Bob Evans’ that I am NOT, check out “I’m not THAT Bob Evans” at my website.

Juggling into the Sunset

Christmas is Coming!!!

Y es! It’s true. The social media is all abuzz about it, but if you aren’t Facebooked or Twitterfied you may not have heard about it.

And now you’re in a cold sweat. Right? Don’t worry. If you’re looking for gift suggestions, perhaps one of the following CDs might be just what you’re after. They’re all available at the Acoustic Tonic Music Store. Mystical elves in festive costumes are standing by to take your order … yeah, it does sound kind of creepy. But don’t let that put you off.

And if you’d like, I would also be happy to sign your copy to personalize the gift. Don’t worry, I won’t leave this part to the mystical elves.

Dr. Bob’s Acoustic Tonic

Solo vocal and guitar

A mix of vintage and contemporary tunes in the ragtime-blues genre. Lot’s of singing AND guitar picking on this one.

4 On 6

Solo instrumental guitar

Outstanding Instrumental Album – 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards

Twelve classics from The Beatles catalogue arranged for solo fingerstyle guitar.

Caffeinated Coffee

Solo instrumental guitar

Outstanding Instrumental Album – 2000 Prairie Music Awards

This is the one that got me back back into playing guitar. A collection of original compositions and arrangements for solo guitar.

That’s All Folks

T hat’s it for this issue. If you know anyone else who would be interested in these newsletters, please do forward this on to them. If you’re reading this and aren’t already subscribed, send me an email and I’ll be happy to add you to the list.

I hope you have a happy holiday season. See you in the New Year with more music.

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About Bob

... is an award winning, Canadian finger-style guitarist and the 2003 U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. He combines an eclectic mix of contemporary finger-style guitar and traditional roots music with a warm vocal style, tilted sense of humour and down to earth stage presence to provide a refreshing performance experience for music lovers in general. Definitely not just for "guitar geeks".