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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Happy Land of Canaan

A popular song from 1859, known as a banjo piece.
yesterday
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video
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Weston’s Great Minor Jig.

"Share this on the Classic Banjo site-- it is legit."
yesterday
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Weston’s Great Minor Jig.

"Thanks, Joel. I’d been wanting to learn it for a while, and then the 5-Stringer arrived"
yesterday
Joel Hooks liked Paul Draper's video
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Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video
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Weston’s Great Minor Jig.

"Nice job!  This one is tricky, and SO many variations means practically anything goes. I’m glad you worked this one up.  It is pretty obvious that I am obsessed with it."
Tuesday
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Monday
Paul Draper posted a video

Weston’s Great Minor Jig.

Composition by Horace Weston, from S. S. Stewart 1883; reprinted in the ABF 5-Stringer, No. 218.
Monday
Andy Chase posted a video

The Pet Polka

Credited to Chas. Harris, from Frank Converse's 1872 "The Banjo and How to Play it."
Monday
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Coming this summer.....

"Coming soon to a Gathering near you."
Monday
Rob Mohr commented on Timothy Twiss's photo
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Coming this summer.....

"Sharp logo!! I like it...now how do we get tshirts?? Lol"
Sunday
Timothy Twiss posted a photo

Coming this summer.....

The revival of the Early Banjo Gathering.
Sunday
Trapdoor2 commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"I'm so glad to hear Kristina has put her research into book form! Her and Pete's discoveries and presentations at the Banjo Collector's Gatherings over the past few years have been amazing and exciting. If she has copies there,…"
Saturday
Kevin Taylor commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"Got this on my calendar now. Obviously everything is TBD for me at the moment, but at least I know about it and have it down. Thanks for organizing."
Saturday
Kevin Taylor might attend John Masciale's event

An Early Banjo Gathering at Renfrew Museum and Park

June 26, 2020 at 7pm to June 28, 2020 at 1pm
We are hosting an Early American Banjo gathering. The committee for this event are John and Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitley, and Andy Chase. At the end of the last gathering there was a lot of interest in continuing with the gathering, but we needed a new venue.  After a lot of searching we are pleased to announce that Renfrew Museum is willing to host us.Our goals are:!. To educate about and create an appreciation for the early American banjo, its musical repertoire, and its role in…See More
Saturday
Rob Mohr commented on Paul Draper's video
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Grape-Vine Twist

"Great! Thanks, Tim! I'll check it out..."
Saturday
Timothy Twiss commented on Paul Draper's video
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Grape-Vine Twist

"If you go to my Youtube site and find a playlist called "Fiddle Tunes"....you will find 94 arrangements not found in the Tutors"
Saturday
Rob Mohr commented on Paul Draper's video
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Grape-Vine Twist

"Thanks, Tim! Good to know. I didn't want to buy it and have a "non-useful" book, since I don't play fiddle."
Friday
Timothy Twiss commented on Paul Draper's video
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Grape-Vine Twist

"Fiddle music is a very good source of material. Many of the early banjo players also played fiddle, so the integration was logical. When choosing a fiddle tune for banjo, almost ANY will work.....but some are better than others. I look for the…"
Friday

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PICK UP SOMETHING NEW??

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Blackface & Minstrel Shows

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Boucher

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New Banjo

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