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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Latest Activity

Ian Bell commented on Mark Weems's video
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Ohio River (1839)

"Nice setting of that tune! What are you playing it on?"
22 minutes ago
Ian Bell commented on Tim Twiss's video
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Too Utterly Too

"One of my favourites, Tim! Thanks to Joel for the Wilde info - I'd been wondering. I love playing this tune on a fretted instrument and throwing in some extra bass notes and chords. My piano-playing buddy Tom has a great accompaniment for it…"
24 minutes ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones liked Paul Draper's video
20 hours ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones shared Mark Weems's video on Facebook
20 hours ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones commented on Mark Weems's video
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Ohio River (1839)

"I am very interested in the final product, it should be a great resource."
20 hours ago
Tim Twiss replied to Tim Twiss's discussion AEBG 2015
"Yea....ha ha. I tell you, if you have never stepped away from the barn late at night and gone up on the hill, seen the glow of the inside and listened to the music, you have not experienced AEBG."
21 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Tim Twiss's discussion AEBG 2015
"A glorious clatter- what a great phrase!"
23 hours ago
Jack Gellerstedt is attending Mark Weems's event
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Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, 2015 at Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park

May 29, 2015 to May 31, 2015
Calling all early banjo, fiddle, guitar, tambo, and bones players to save the date for the second Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence! We will once again gather on the beautiful grounds of the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, where Sweeney was born and  learned to play the banjo, for some merry music making and fun. This year will be much less formal in structure than the 2013 event, as we plan to keep lectures to a minimum and banjo stroking to a maximum! The National Historic Park,…See More
yesterday
James Pentecost liked Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, 2015
yesterday
Tim Twiss replied to Tim Twiss's discussion AEBG 2015
"Just a month away and I am pumped. The barn...can't wait. Don't forget to browse the tune book.It will be a glorious clatter. "
yesterday
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
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Ohio River (1839)

"Not at all! It's nice to know someone is interested. The most interesting thing about this piece is that Dan Emmett claimed to have written it (Boatman's Dance that is) in 1843. And here it is published 4 years earlier in a collection of…"
yesterday
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
yesterday
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
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Ohio River (1839)

"G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels, published in 1839. I'm transcribing most of this collection to banjo right now. Should be out next year sometime. www.earlybanjotraditions.com Nice to see you back on the site."
yesterday
Jack Gellerstedt and Mark Weems are now friends
Thursday
Gordy Ohliger is now a member of Minstrel Banjo
Thursday
Bob Lanham replied to John Cohen's discussion Interesting Photo
"The musician on the far right end looks a lot like a young Lew Snowden."
Thursday
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Buckley's Copenhagen Reel

".....which I have already forgotten!  ;)"
Wednesday
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Buckley's Copenhagen Reel

"Ok Al, along with all those other ones..."
Wednesday
Rob Morrison commented on Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, 2015
"Dave Kirchner told me that he is attending the Appamattox event and to sign him up--so he's signed up."
Wednesday
Tom Taggart is attending Mark Weems's event
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Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, 2015 at Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park

May 29, 2015 to May 31, 2015
Calling all early banjo, fiddle, guitar, tambo, and bones players to save the date for the second Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence! We will once again gather on the beautiful grounds of the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, where Sweeney was born and  learned to play the banjo, for some merry music making and fun. This year will be much less formal in structure than the 2013 event, as we plan to keep lectures to a minimum and banjo stroking to a maximum! The National Historic Park,…See More
Wednesday
 
 
 

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