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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The Silver Heel (1872)

A jig from Frank Converse's 1872 "The Banjo and How to Play It."
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May 12
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Fancy Ball

"This is a picture of a minstrel show when a Japanese was invited to perform in the Pohatan steam Frigate anchored off Yokohama on March 27, 1854, the same year."
May 9
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Fancy Ball

"This is a flyer of the Commodore Matthew C. Perry's Minstrel Show in Okinawa in 1854, which was published in the "Jonathan Goble of Japan". Jonathan Goble (1827-1926). Goble first visited Japan as a marine in Commodore Matthew C.…"
May 9
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Decisions, decisions...
"Thanks, Tom!!...Gardner and Prust are the two makers on the short list. I like playing on the deck, but hate the disappointment of the weather not being "just right". I was hoping that would be the consensus for the fiberskin heads.…"
May 9
Tom Taggart replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Decisions, decisions...
"The fiberskin head though not period is very forgiving of the elements and has a good sound (to my ear anyway). Gardner's Dulcimer Shop makes repro banjos with fiberskin heads for Civil War reenactors who like to play them at encampments. If…"
May 9
Timothy Twiss commented on Al Smitley's photo
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1850Coffee

"oh yes...looks good"
May 9
Paul Draper commented on Al Smitley's photo
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1850Coffee

"But maybe it doesn’t age so well"
May 9
Paul Draper commented on Al Smitley's photo
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1850Coffee

"I got a couple free bags in the mail a couple of weeks ago. 1850 must have been a good year for coffee. "
May 9
Al Smitley posted a photo

1850Coffee

Went to the store with coffee on my list. My regular choice was not there so, of course, being fascinated by the antebellum period, I gave this a try. A coffee connoisseur, I'm not, so maybe it's good but...not to my tongue. Tim do you want me to…
May 9
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

Decisions, decisions...

I had been considering a mountain banjo because it just seems like FUN!! However, I decided another minstrel banjo is probably the way to go. My Stichter repro tends to wilt with heat and humidity (as most do) due to the skin head and low string height at the neck/head joint. So, I've got it down to either a fiberskyn head, thinking the synthetic would be more forgiving to the elements; or, a tackhead, because my gourdie holds up pretty well to the elements (though that could be due to the…See More
May 9
halisha thomas howell replied to Rick Hadley's discussion Minstrel lyrics archive
"i heard the tune on a cd named "minstrel banjo style",an excellent version is performed by Joe Ayers,white cat,black cat by Thomas D Rice is performed flawlessly by Clark Buehling as well on the same....you can copy th lyrics from the…"
May 8
halisha thomas howell replied to Rick Hadley's discussion Minstrel lyrics archive
May 8
Rob Morrison commented on Samurai banjo's video
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Fancy Ball

"It's really a small world...  I lived on Okinawa from March 1970 to September 1971 courtesy of the U. S. Army.  I lived in Futemma, and my Okinawan next door neighbor played the samisen every evening with his family sitting with him…"
May 8

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Decisions, decisions...

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rob Mohr May 9. 2 Replies

Minstrel lyrics archive

Started by Rick Hadley in Uncategorized. Last reply by halisha thomas howell May 8. 4 Replies

Good article...

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized Apr 17. 0 Replies

 
 
 

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