Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

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

The Resources Page

The Resources page has now been added to the menu!  Under this you can find Lessons, Books and references of different types, websites, and additional documents. 

 

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Tim Twiss posted a photo

New Jaw Bone Stick

My original stick that came with my jaw bone finally gave in. My friend Mark Gibson made this new one. it is a little thicker, and made of mahogany. It's super.
29 minutes ago
Bob Sayers replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"During the earlier discussion, I spent a fair amount of time searching for evidence of female minstrels during the antebellum period.   There were, in fact, female banjo players in the 1850s-1860s period--the most famous being Lotta Crabtree…"
46 minutes ago
Bob Sayers replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"I knew there would be an occasion to re-post this cartoon from Punch.  I apologize if it offends anyone.   But it's Victorian humor about women, banjos, low-class entertainment, blackface--sort of equal opportunity lampooning.…"
59 minutes ago
Tim Twiss's video was featured

Early American Idol

01:27
What an awesome performance from this chap. He is quite the entertainer.
1 hour ago
John Masciale's discussion was featured

Time to help pay for this site

I have paid $240 for this site for another year .  The payment widget I used to use is no longer available, so the procedure is a little different this year.  You can mouse over the word Main up above and then click on Donate, or you can go to this link:…See More
1 hour ago
Greg Adams posted a discussion

2014 Banjo [Collectors] Gathering, Sept. 4-7

Dear Friends,I am posting here the latest communique from Peter Szego, Jim Bollman, and Hank Schwartz regarding the 2014 Banjo Gathering (formerly known as the Banjo Collectors Gathering). This is the premiere event for those who are interested in modern scholarship about the banjo's historic role in the great tapestry of the American Experience! If you are able to be on hand for this event, you won't be disappointed. I've only missed one year since 2001 (and that was because of a hectic…See More
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John Masciale posted a discussion

Time to help pay for this site

I have paid $240 for this site for another year .  The payment widget I used to use is no longer available, so the procedure is a little different this year.  You can mouse over the word Main up above and then click on Donate, or you can go to this link:…See More
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Wes Merchant replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
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Al Smitley replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Ole Dan Emmett's Home Burned
"Occasionally, while on other trips, I looked in a AAA tour book to see if there was anything to see in Mt.Vernon regarding Emmett.  I could never find any mention of anything.  I wish I would have searched a little deeper."
23 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"Wes, here they are in live 'biscuit' action- what fun!  Check out the good ol galloping banjo pickin' style...   :D http://youtu.be/_PJqqSmKAdQ"
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Wes Merchant replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"Lisa that question reminded me of this  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0Q_sYeOQlk"
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Strumelia replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"That troupe of ladies was questioned in the account as to whether they were actually men dressed as women...? They are all in blackface, as 'Ethiopians'.  Wondering if they really were women, and also if any women minstrel performers…"
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Elaine Masciale replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"The images I posted show ballet costume (to the knee, full, fluffy skirts).  Of course, one would not wear that off the stage while socializing."
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Strumelia replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"And of course, if we found pix of women minstrel show performers that were not dressed in the usual hoop skirt CW dress, ...but rather in stage costumes such as harlequins, gypsies, beggars, etc...that would open up some welcome options for dressing…"
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Elaine Masciale posted discussions
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Elaine Masciale replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"That fascinates me too, Lisa. "
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Strumelia replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"It kind of fascinates me that there are several books written about the relatively uncommon female Civil War soldiers, either fighting as females or in disguise as men.  Yet...so little info about female minstrel performers, despite the fact…"
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Al Smitley replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"You have a description, with enough leeway to suit your own style."
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Elaine Masciale replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"You know I want one of their dresses......."
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Female Minstrel Players

Started by Elaine Masciale in Uncategorized. Last reply by Bob Sayers 46 minutes ago. 14 Replies

Time to help pay for this site

Started by John Masciale in Uncategorized 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

Ole Dan Emmett's Home Burned

Started by Elaine Masciale in Uncategorized. Last reply by Al Smitley 23 hours ago. 1 Reply

Tune Request

Started by John in Uncategorized. Last reply by John Jul 15. 25 Replies

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