Raday Shyam is a Hindu folk melody, played here on a Gold Tone CEB-5 cello banjo in clawhammer style - tuned eDEAD - way below a normal banjo.
After first being introduced in the late 1800's, Cello Banjos had only a very short life span. Their reemergence within the past couple years is due, mainly, to two banjo enthusiasts: Marcy Marxer, a fine multi-instrumentalist who borrowed Mike Seeger's ancient Gibson Cello Banjo and proceeded to show the modern world what this instrument can do; and, Wayne Rogers, president and founder of Gold Tone Banjos, who is responsible for bringing Cello Banjos back into circulation after almost a century since their disappearance.
If you're interested in the history of the reemergence of Cello Banjos in the modern world, check out The Buffalo Girls/ Puncheon Floor - played by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, the YouTube video that woke up a lot of folks to the delightful sounds of the Cello Banjo. In the video Marcy Marxer is playing her very old Gibson 4-string Cello Banjo, similar to the one she first borrowed from Mike Seeger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYYCh... I have conducted interviews with Marcy Marxer, Cathy Fink, Bob Carlin, Wayne Rogers, Mary Z. Cox, The Old 78's and Cathy Moore about the Cello Banjo that you can find here: http://www.banjocrazy.com/articles.shtml