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 Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"What the heck.  I purchased it, anyway.  Will be interested in the research you've done."
2 hours ago
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"Anymore?  Sorry to read that.  I would purchase your book but I've got all the music and don't use banjo TAB."
2 hours ago
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"Sadly, probably not. Not enough interest in such things anymore to make it worthwhile."
3 hours ago
Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Help with site
"I see "In Box".  Is that where "person to person" dialogue can be found and sent?  Seems like I've done this before but not enough to remember how. "
3 hours ago
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"I enjoy your CD of Joe Sweeny music.  Are you considering one of the Knauff Collection?"
3 hours ago
Al Smitley and Samurai banjo are now friends
3 hours ago
Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Help with site
"Oh, thanks.  That helps (sarcasm).  Next time I see you, remember to bring your electric pen!"
4 hours ago
Timothy Twiss replied to Al Smitley's discussion Help with site
"I sent you a message about that"
6 hours ago
Al Smitley posted a discussion

Help with site

Ooops!  I didn't intend all the members to be sidelined by my discussion with Mark Weems about pre-Sweeney banjos.  I thought I was sending a person-to-person inquiry.  Can someone remind me how to do that?See More
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Tom Taggart liked Mark Weems's video
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Mark Weems left a comment for Al Smitley
"yes."
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Al Smitley left a comment for Al Smitley
"I'm guessing yours was made by Pete Ross(?)"
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Mark Weems posted videos
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Mark Weems left a comment for Al Smitley
"Hi Al, Jeff Menzies, Pete Ross, or Chris Prieto would be great places to start. Cheers!"
yesterday
Al Smitley left a comment for Mark Weems
"Mark, might you offer suggestions as to where to go to get a pre-Sweeny 4-stringer such as the one you play?"
yesterday
Tony Thomas posted a discussion

On Picayune Butler, T. A. Brown, George Nichols, T. D, Rice and “Jim Crow”

About 7 years ago, prodded by a contract from Oxford University Press and Harvard's  African American biography database,  I set out to write up what i thought was the simple easy to get information about Picayune Butler, who I assumed was a historic Black Banjoist who played some role in minstrelsy, and had something to do with the song "Jim Crow".   The research I did led me to understand that most things written to that point were simply and completely wrong, as well as how the world of…See More
yesterday
Tony Thomas and Byron Thomas are now friends
yesterday
Tony Thomas replied to Al Smitley's discussion History of the banjo presentation
"Don't forget Bollman and Guara's America's instrument which provides the history of the banjo in regard to the construction of banjos over the 19th and early 20th century. Again, as someone who does this regularly on all levels from…"
yesterday
Tony Thomas replied to Al Smitley's discussion History of the banjo presentation
"Carlin's book is useful for what it contains, Cece's work from nearly 30 years ago on banjo orings is completely supercede by the materials in Laurent Dubois's The Banjo: America's African Instrument and more directly by Banjo…"
yesterday
Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion History of the banjo presentation
"Thanks, Rob.  I have Carlin's book and will look into your other suggestion."
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