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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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CDV of Swain Buckley on ebay...

Pretty cool CDV up on ebay at the moment. Oddball banjo with 2 chanterelles, 22 inlaid frets. Pretty reasonable dating via the photographer…

Started by Trapdoor2

7 Nov 22, 2021
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Japanese Grand March

Japanese%20Grand%20March%20-%20Full%20Score.pdf That one is transcribed "as is" from the original notation in the Buckley 1860 Japanese%20…

Started by Timothy Twiss

1 Nov 7, 2021
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Blue Bell Valse - Buckley

Been working on BBV lately. I STINK with barre chords, fretted or unfretted. That aside, anyone have any tips rolling from the 10th measure…

Started by Rob Mohr

8 Sep 2, 2021
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Joe Sweeny Convergence - Appomattox, VA

Anyone know if the Sweeny Convergence is on this year the weekend after Labor Day?? Also, any word about the Antietam Convergence at Renfr…

Started by Rob Mohr

0 Aug 25, 2021

What are you working on?

There has not been a group discussion for quite some time. How about sharing a bit of your journey? Tell us what you are working on or curi…

Started by Timothy Twiss

3 Aug 14, 2021
Reply by Rob Mohr

Last chance sale, vintage minstrel-era publications, bones, and more

Some folks here will remember Scott Miller from the final Antietam gathering. He's finally closing his store, Bone Dry Musical Instrument C…

Started by Robin Netherton

0 Aug 7, 2021

Bell Boucher action question

Hello folks, I hope everyone is doing well.  I have a Bell Boucher banjo and was wondering about the typical string height. It seems prett…

Started by Jim Robertson

4 Aug 1, 2021
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Welcome New Folks

Been a while since I've seen newcommers on the site. Welcome to Minstrel Banjo. Lots of good folks and good music to be found here.

Started by Tom Taggart

0 Jul 8, 2021

Banjo Mike

Just a tip; sat with Banjo Mike (Brooklyn Michigan) last weekend.  Great Briggs renditions (on period fretless repro) he mixes in with root…

Started by Byron Ed

0 Jul 2, 2021

Songs of our Native Daughters

Just became aware of what I believe is a new project by Smithsonian Folkways.  If Greg or somebody has already posted it, I didn't search t…

Started by razyn

6 Jun 15, 2021
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