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Help me pay for this site!

Hi everyone.  I have just added a Donate tab to the site.  I just paid for the site for another year ($240).  I would appreciate it if peop…

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Time to help pay for this site

I have paid $240 for this site for another year .  The payment widget I used to use is no longer available, so the procedure is a little di…

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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VII (June 20-22, 2014)

2014 Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VII) At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Pry House Field Hospital Museum On Antietam N…

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A good read?

Hello, While browsing on Amazon, the algorithms suggested I check out Bob Carlin's book : The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and…

Started by david caron

2 23 minutes ago
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Davy Crockett

saw this: https://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/state-park-plays-notes-from-the-past/article_a3d117b4-a8ce-5f19-a107-aeb72fef860b.…

Started by Strumelia

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Coffin Case

I'd been wanting a coffin case for my Noel Booth fretless for a long time. But didn't like the 'generic' fit of those you can buy from the…

Started by Champion of North Huron

2 Jan 14
Reply by Paul Draper

Lilly Dale - Tablature?

Hi, I've been watching "OldCremona"'s version of Lilly Dale. I quite enjoy it. He mentions that it is in the Briggs Banjo Instructor. I di…

Started by david caron

0 Jan 14

seeking comments on primitive fretless

I'd appreciate some comments on an old banjo that I bought on eBay.  It's a small, primitive, hand-made fretless and I'm trying to estimate…

Started by Mark Ralston

8 Jan 11
Reply by John Masciale

Let me introduce myself...

Hello everybody, I'm new here. I've always loved the banjo. About 8 years ago now, I wandered into a music shop in Ottawa, Canada. In hind…

Started by david caron

4 Jan 6
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Ole Virginy Break Down

Click Link:  Ole Virginy Break Down  My version of an old war horse.  Very much influenced by performances of Mark Weems and Joe Ayers.  Im…

Started by Tom Berghan

4 Jan 3
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Happy New Year...

...everyone!   I've been away for awhile and am looking forward to getting back to picking again.  I have been distracted by many things si…

Started by Scott Danneker

3 Jan 3
Reply by Strumelia

Banjo sightings database not available.

What happened to the banjo sightings database, It says that it's currently unavailable.

Started by Brice Alms

3 Jan 2
Reply by Strumelia

Minstrel lyrics archive

Sometime ago I came across a website with a large collection of lyrics for minstrel music, but I've somehow lost the bookmark.  Anyone know…

Started by Rick Hadley

2 Dec 21, 2017
Reply by Rob Kunkel

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