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.

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Mark Ralston posted a discussion

seeking comments on primitive fretless

I'd appreciate some comments on an old banjo that I bought on eBay.  It's a small, primitive, hand-made fretless and I'm trying to estimate its age.  Two possible clues that I'm researching:a.) the pot is made from scarf-jointed wood, similar to grain measure construction.  A previous owner went overboard in mounting a skin head and used so many tacks that the top of the pot is badly split.  However, the tacks for the head appear to be more modern than the tacks for the scarf joint.  I've…See More
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Strumelia replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Young Collins and Morris Dance Tunes
"Chris, you'd be a natural for Morris dancing.  Definitely go!  I never smile and laugh so much as when I'm contra dancing or English country dancing.  This afternoon I'm driving over to Massachusetts for a double…"
22 hours ago
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Young Collins and Morris Dance Tunes
"Yes! That's the one. Thanks :) It's very weird old stuff. The Morris dances strike me as almost leftover pagan ritual kept alive via folk tradition. So many varieties of music and costume. I watched a ton of vids last night and actually…"
23 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Young Collins and Morris Dance Tunes
"Hi Chris, You may be thinking of this video I posted: Bob Ridley O I've been working on playing the penny whistle for about a year now.  I'm still pretty lame on it, but I keep working at it because it's fun.  On the whistle…"
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Chris Prieto posted a discussion

Young Collins and Morris Dance Tunes

Have any Morris Dance tunes made their way into minstrel era tunes? They are old and english so I figure it's prime for the pickin. I recently heard Young Collins and found the sheet music and it only has one sharp like many briggs tunes so I am attempting to learn it anyways but was curious if anybody knew anything about that.I also feel like a some point some one posted a vid of some morris dances but I had no idea what I was looking at at the time and I can't seem to find it on here now.See More
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I'm off for Brighton.

"This one surfaced the other day on the T Twiss Shuffle Machine. "
Dec 8
Paul Draper posted a video

I'm off for Brighton.

Buckley's New Banjo Method, 1860. Short and sweet.
Dec 8
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Spring Jig

"It's quite the catchy tune!"
Dec 4

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Young Collins and Morris Dance Tunes

Started by Chris Prieto in Uncategorized. Last reply by Strumelia 22 hours ago. 3 Replies

Terry Bell

Started by Mark Bransford in Uncategorized. Last reply by Mark Bransford Dec 3. 7 Replies

Actual Minstrel Banjos for sale?

Started by Jim Jacquet in Classified. Last reply by Jim Jacquet Nov 30. 7 Replies

 
 
 

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