Minstrel Banjo

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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 new Discussion - why

Testing to see if I can start a new discussion, it didn't work a few days ago.

Started by Strumelia

11 1 hour ago
Reply by Brian Kimerer


I just posted the American Experience episode of Stephen Foster from 2001, which I found on YouTube.  I was trying to include the text, "I…

Started by Al Smitley

6 Feb 14
Reply by Tom Taggart

Unusual 19th century shoes and j-hooks

I'm working on an old banjo that has unusual shoes. The pot is 3 1/3" deep, the shoes are 2 1/4" long, and the bottoms of the shoes have ho…

Started by Mark Ralston

0 Feb 3, 2023

someone trying to join here...

I just got this email message through banjohangout... maybe someone can get this poor fellow's application here approved?: This message wa…

Started by Strumelia

2 Jan 24, 2023
Reply by Strumelia

What strings for minstrel banjo, 26" scale

Hello all,    I need advice on strings. I have been using the Aquila Minstrel set but for a classical guitar string for the 4th string. The…

Started by Judith

6 Nov 7, 2022
Reply by Al Smitley

Neat Banjo Video from Vox

This is an interesting video, especially when he gets into making his own recording.  https://youtu.be/wrRfOzhM2AE

Started by Rob Mohr

1 Nov 4, 2022
Reply by Strumelia


Is there any evidence that the early tutor books were available in Great Britain, when or shortly after, each title was first published in…

Started by IAN SALTER

6 Oct 13, 2022
Reply by Mike Bostock

British Pathe film of English minstrels.

I had a feeling that this had already be posted, but can't find it in the archives. The musicians appear at 10 minutes.  https://m.youtub

Started by IAN SALTER

1 Oct 13, 2022
Reply by Mike Bostock

Good banjo history article

Most of us already know most of this, but it's a pretty good article just the same. It's kinda long, but so is the broad history of our bel…

Started by Rob Mohr

0 Oct 11, 2022

Repertoire advice? Early banjo pieces that show African influence?

Hi everyone--really enjoying everyone's videos and high level discourse, a relative rarity online these days, it seems! Anyway, sorry if th…

Started by Jared Denhard

62 Sep 3, 2022
Reply by Tony Thomas



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