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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Teen wonders play bluegrass

バンジョー・ボーイズ3兄弟による奇跡の演奏

June 7, 2012

楽器演奏が達者なミゾーニ家の3兄弟、ジョニー、ロビー、トミーは「スリーピーマン・バンジョー・ボーイズ」として、まばゆいほどの快活さでブルーグラス・ミュージックを演奏します。みんな14歳以下だというのは言いましたっけ?

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - Bluegrass musicians
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is made up of 11-year-old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Robbie, 14, on fiddle, and Tommy, 15, on guitar. Full bio

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Double-click the English subtitles below to play the video.
Tommy Mizzone: Tonight we're going to play you two songs.
(トミー) 今日は2曲
お聞かせしようと思います
00:16
We're three brothers from New Jersey,
僕らはニュージャージーから
来た3兄弟で
00:18
and the funny thing is that,
おかしなことに
00:20
believe it or not, we are hooked on bluegrass
ブルーグラス・ミュージックに
はまっています
00:22
and we're excited to play it for you tonight.
皆さんの前で演奏できて
うれしいです
00:24
(Music)
(演奏)
00:26
(Applause)
(拍手)
02:22
TM: Thank you, thank you.
(トミー) どうも
02:25
(Applause)
(拍手)
02:28
Robbie Mizzone: Thank you.
(ロビー) ありがとうございます
02:32
I'm Robbie Mizzone. I'm 13, and I play the fiddle.
僕はロビー・ミゾーニ
13歳で フィドル担当
02:33
This is my brother, Jonny. He's 10, and he plays the banjo.
こちらは弟のジョニー
10歳で バンジョーを弾いています
02:36
And on guitar is my 14-year-old brother, Tommy.
そしてギターは
14歳の兄トミーです
02:38
(Applause)
(拍手)
02:41
We call ourselves the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys.
「スリーピー・マン・バンジョー・
ボーイズ」として活動しています
02:45
(Music)
(演奏)
02:51
(Applause)
(拍手)
04:48
TM: Thank you.
(トミー) どうも
04:50
JM: Thank you all.
(ジョニー) 皆さん ありがとう
04:52
TM: Thank you very much.
(トミー) ありがとうございました
04:53
Translator:Yasushi Aoki
Reviewer:Naoki Funahashi

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - Bluegrass musicians
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is made up of 11-year-old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Robbie, 14, on fiddle, and Tommy, 15, on guitar.

Why you should listen

These days your kid can get famous on YouTube for having water sprayed at him, for being duped about his Halloween candy, and for being high off laughing gas. But what if your 8-year-old gets famous on the Internet for being an absolute genius on the banjo? So goes the story of Jonny Mizzone, who first became a YouTube sensation in early 2011 for videos of him and his brothers tearing it up playing Earl Scruggs's Flint Hill Special. It wasn't long before the press started calling.

Now Jonny, Robbie (fiddle) and Tommy (guitar), known as the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, are 11, 14 and 15 respectively. In 2011 alone they got calls from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in the summer of 2011 they appeared as musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman and NBC’s Today Show.

While the trio grew up in New Jersey -- which is known more for rock music than for bluegrass -- they fell in love with the unique sounds of J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, Clarence White and Earl Scruggs after some creative YouTube searching. Now, having become sensations on the platform themselves, the trio has accumulated more than 17 million video views. Their first album, America’s Music, was released in September 2011 and charted top eight on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. In October 2012 they released their second album, The Farthest Horizon, which cracked the top three. The group is already at work on their next album.

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