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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Kentucky Juba - Converse, 1872

"Thanks Tim!  Been dusting off the cobwebs these last few weeks for an upcoming gig."
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Friday Night in the Sweeney Cabin (2017)

"Lisa, and we'll get to do it all again this year!"
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Kentucky Juba - Converse, 1872

"Alright Andy. I always love it when you pop in for a tune. Good pluckin' there"
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Kentucky Juba - early banjo piece from 1872

From Frank B. Converse’s “The Banjo and How to Play It.”
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Mark Weems commented on D. Wooldridge's event Joel Sweeney Convergence
"Here is the tentative schedule for the Sweeney Convergence this year folks! If you have questions, go ahead and field them and David or I will try to answer."
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Mark Weems commented on D. Wooldridge's event Joel Sweeney Convergence
"Joel Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2018 Schedule   Fri. Sept. 7th 9-12      Early arrivals may check in as they arrive & enjoy                     touring the park. 12         Camp opens for set up for period camping. 1-4        Mentoring…"
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Rob MacKillop replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Drifter passing through town
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Strumelia replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Drifter passing through town
"Hi Rob!  I've enjoyed your writings and playing for years. Lots of good stuff to be found on your site:  https://robmackillop.net/"
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Timothy Twiss replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Drifter passing through town
"Greetings Rob."
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Drifter passing through town

Hi Folks. It has been a good few years since I last visited here, having sold all my banjos and moved on. Well, in a fit of nostalgia I picked up a fretless 1890s banjo on eBay in the UK. It was really inexpensive, £150, about 250 USD. It's okay, certainly not a fine banjo. I tuned it up a little, and the tailpiece came flying off. It was an original ivory one, now completely broken. I replaced it with a simple wooden one, and have now strung it with nylgut minstrel set, but tuned up to A on…See More
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Joel Sweeney Convergence at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

September 7, 2018 to September 9, 2018
An opportunity to play early banjo music at historic Appomattox Court House where " the banjo passed from black hands to white hands."See More
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An image from the 2017 Sweeney Convergence's "gourd gathering" at Joel Sweeney's gravesite
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2018 Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence at Appomattox Court House NHP Sep.7-9

Welcome Banjo Friends Old & New!to the finest Early Banjo festival to be held on the stomping grounds of the "Paganini of the Banjo," the "Pied Piper of Appomattox," home of Ole Joe Sweeney himself (along with those banjoists from whom he learned.)11 out of 10 past participants agree that they had the proverbial "time of their {banjo playing} life" at the Sweeney Convergences past.So do join us:There is period camping available on the grounds at Appomattox Court House NHP & hotel…See More
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Drifter passing through town

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Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books

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I this was interesting

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