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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Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Paul Draper posted a video

Wake Up Jake, or the Old Iron City.

My rendition of a song written and composed by Geo. Holman, 1848. “A magnificent Silver Cup was awarded to the Author of this Song by A. Andrews Esquire of t...
4 hours ago
Michael Cypret replied to Mark Bridge's discussion New Banjo
"Thanks!"
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Mark Bridge replied to Mark Bridge's discussion New Banjo
"For some reason, it was set to go public tomorrow morning. I went in and set it to go public at 1:00 today, hopefully it works."
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Michael Cypret replied to Mark Bridge's discussion New Banjo
"The video shows as private. "
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Michael Cypret liked Mark Bridge's discussion New Banjo
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John Masciale commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"AEBG has had a tremendous influence on both Elaine and me. I want others to have that same opportunity. If you have attended in the past, please come! If you have not had the opportunity, this is your chance! If you don't play banjo, but play…"
yesterday
John Masciale replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"Al, send me a copy at masciale1@comcast.net.  Thanks!"
yesterday
Mark Bridge posted a discussion

New Banjo

Here is Sagwa, my latest build, all ready to play during my upcoming Historical Notes programs. Some of the features include an inlaid Indian Head penny to memorialize the American medicine show, carved bone nut, inlaid herringbone position markers, violin peg tuners, tacked deer hide head, replica F. B. Converse bridge, mother of pearl inlaid tailpiece, Nylgut Minstrel strings. The neck and rim were dyed for their color, and the smooth finish is the result of a twenty coat French polish…See More
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Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"I suspect that one tune in particular (perhaps others) already existed and the publisher took it, slapped a title of a current event on it (Santa Anna's Retreat from Cerro Gordo) and figured he'd make a quick buck.  If you recognize…"
yesterday
Michael Cypret replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"I’ve only reviewed it quickly. What I like is the correlation between the tunes and historical events. People writing tunes about these. The paintings and photographs are great. I wonder if the Documentary Maker Ken Burns would consider making…"
yesterday
Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"I'd be interested if you find anything you particularly like."
Monday
Michael Cypret replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"I just finished perusing your book. Awesome! An awful lot of work went into this book. Thanks!"
Monday
Michael Cypret replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"I would like a copy!  mccypr@gmail.com. Thanks much!"
Monday
Al Smitley posted a discussion

Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America

I've created another self-published book of 89 tunes (no songs in this one) with titles reflecting persons, topics, or events in American history, 1820-1861.  The tunes are not meant specifically for the banjo and I accept that merging music with history is an inclination not necessarily shared by others.  Regardless, if anyone wants a free PDF copy, send me your email address.…See More
Monday
Trapdoor2 commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"I've put it on my calendar. I sorely miss going to AEBG. We've just moved to SC which puts this one at around 6hrs away. Hopefully I can get things straight around here to be able to attend!"
Monday
Trapdoor2 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
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Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Gumbo Chaff

"My compliments to the chef"
Monday
Timothy Twiss commented on Paul Draper's video
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Gumbo Chaff

"That was a tasty one"
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Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
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New Banjo

Started by Mark Bridge in Uncategorized. Last reply by Michael Cypret 20 hours ago. 3 Replies

Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America

Started by Al Smitley in Uncategorized. Last reply by John Masciale yesterday. 6 Replies

Horsehair or Hemp strings

Started by Michael Cypret in Uncategorized. Last reply by Brice Alms on Saturday. 2 Replies

Head case

Started by Al Smitley in Uncategorized. Last reply by Al Smitley Feb 13. 4 Replies

 
 
 

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