Minstrel Banjo

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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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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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Need ideas

hey folks, I need a couple tunes. I've been in a bit of malaise and my nose stuck in books too much. And, I need to get back into the groov…

Started by Rob Mohr

0 Oct 2

More Guitar Style Resources?

I've been messing with Guitar Style recently, as I wanted to get into classical banjo, but the three finger approach just never clicked for…

Started by Ethan Baker

3 Sep 28
Reply by Joel Hooks

JWS Appomattox Convergence

Haven't seen it mentioned, but I'm guessing our annual  JWS banjo convergence at Appomattox is a no-go this year??

Started by Rob Mohr

0 Aug 28

Bones. Lots of bones.

Hi, all. I'm boosting the signal here for Scott Miller, the rhythm bones specialist whom some of you met at the last Antietam gathering. Sc…

Started by Robin Netherton

0 Jul 31

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 h…

Started by Al Smitley

12 Jul 27
Reply by Rob Mohr

Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March

...played on a fretted, concert pitch banjo with suitably dirge-like drums and Mellotron strings. Funeral March by Capharnaum County Magic…

Started by Andy Chase

2 Jul 4
Reply by Andy Chase

Sam Lucas Documentary

This is a nice half-hour piece on Sam Lucas, a black entertainer who got his start in minstrelsy, and lived into the silent film era, playi…

Started by Andy Chase

0 Jul 1


For whatever reason, I feel the need to make an apology for my lack of posting/activity lately. I kind of plateaued and returned to the fun…

Started by Rob Mohr

2 Jun 29
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Horsehair or Hemp strings

Has anyone used Horsehair or Hemp for strings? The following link is a gourd banjo with Horsehair strings playing the tune “Old Johnny Boke…

Started by Michael Cypret

4 Jun 4
Reply by Brice Alms

To what tune could this be sung?

This is an excellently written song from the 1864 Southern Soldier’s Prize Songster, and I believe it bears repeating. There’s even a whole…

Started by Matthew Menice

7 May 14
Reply by Al Smitley



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