Minstrel Banjo

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A resource and gathering site for people interested in playing and constructing early banjos, and the history of minstrel music in America.

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Dow Mathis replied to Strumelia's discussion Anyone see this Pete Ross on Ebay?
"Goodwill definitely runs ebay auctions.  My wife likes a particular model of Reebok hightops, and they're the devil to find anymore.  However, about two years ago, I round two different goodwill stores with one pair each.  Both…"
Monday
Strumelia posted a discussion

Anyone see this Pete Ross on Ebay?

Just wanted to mention this one, as it seems highly unusual for this to be offered this way. Apparently a Goodwill Pete Ross banza in Seattle but listed on Ebay... or else maybe a scam? How could this thing wind up at Goodwill, and i didn't think Goodwill posted ebay auctions...??Does anyone recognize this banjo or know who owned it?:…See More
Apr 2
CURTIS PAYNE shared Al Smitley's video on Facebook
Apr 1
Mark Ralston and carolyn arrington are now friends
Mar 24
CURTIS PAYNE liked Al Smitley's video
Mar 18
CURTIS PAYNE liked Andy Chase's video
Mar 18
CURTIS PAYNE replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion New Minstrel Music
"I hope it has Swing low Sweet Chariot "
Mar 18
Tom Taggart liked Timothy Twiss's video
Mar 16
Timothy Twiss posted a video

Fairy Dance

Original arrangement by Timothy Twiss, played on a fretted Minstrel Banjo.
Mar 16
Al Smitley commented on Al Smitley's photo
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BloomerCostume

"Strum, sometimes at vintage base ball venues they might have a couple women's teams there and I always think that if I were them, I'd add a huge cuff to the bottom of their dresses/skirts so that the ball might be caught without even…"
Mar 14
Strumelia replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"Hi Razyn, good to 'see' you as well.   :)"
Mar 14
Strumelia commented on Al Smitley's photo
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BloomerCostume

"Yeah, people never like when their privilege or power feels threatened in any way. Human nature. Al you must enjoy all those amazing old photos of early women's baseball teams, and the wonderful uniforms they came up with in order to practice…"
Mar 14
Al Smitley commented on Al Smitley's photo
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BloomerCostume

"It's funny (or maybe not) how males felt threatened simply because some women were choosing a more practical/comfortable fashion that very loosely resembled men's wear."
Mar 14
razyn replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"Well, jeez Louise, I didn't realize it was a 2019 project!  Thought it was new, because a friend had posted it for International Women's Day.  And that's fine -- but, more like the one two years ago.  Oh well, it…"
Mar 13
Strumelia commented on Al Smitley's photo
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BloomerCostume

"Everyone of any use ought to have at least rudimentary knowledge of cooking, sewing, and dandling babies."
Mar 13
Strumelia replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"Here's another interview about it with Rhiannon: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/24/rhiannon-giddens-songs-of-our-native-daughters-interview Yes, very powerful and moving. I'm so glad to see this happening... being made to…"
Mar 13
Ronald Price liked Timothy Twiss's discussion New Minstrel Music
Mar 12
Tom Taggart liked Timothy Twiss's video
Mar 12
Timothy Twiss posted a video

De Old Jaw Bone

Original arrangement by Timothy Twiss, played on a fretted Minstrel Banjo.
Mar 12
Timothy Twiss posted a discussion

New Minstrel Music

There is a new publication coming out this summer with 50 new Early Banjo songs in TAB. It is similar to the old Tutors.....just more of it. A lot of stuff not tabbed yet....Rose of Alabama, Battle Cry of Freedom, Angelina Baker etc. Anyway, I am releasing videos of these one at a time. It is a performance of the song while looking at the notation score. Access to my notation is free...but I hope it whets the appetite of TAB players....the exact transcriptions will be available in the beautiful…See More
Mar 12

Forum

Anyone see this Pete Ross on Ebay?

Started by Strumelia in Uncategorized. Last reply by Dow Mathis on Monday. 1 Reply

New Minstrel Music

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by CURTIS PAYNE Mar 18. 1 Reply

Songs of our Native Daughters

Started by razyn in Uncategorized. Last reply by Strumelia Mar 14. 3 Replies

Want to buy

Started by carolyn arrington in Uncategorized Mar 8. 0 Replies

New Strike Adjustments

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Feb 23. 1 Reply

 
 
 

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