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…

Started by John MascialeLatest Reply

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…

Started by John MascialeLatest Reply

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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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

7 on Thursday
Reply by Trapdoor2

New Banjo

Here is Sagwa, my latest build, all ready to play during my upcoming Historical Notes programs. Some of the features include an inlaid Indi…

Started by Mark Bridge

3 on Wednesday
Reply by Michael Cypret

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

2 Feb 14
Reply by Brice Alms

Head case

Any suggestion as to how to repair this?

Started by Al Smitley

4 Feb 13
Reply by Al Smitley

Been gone awhile...

 Hello all, I happened to see the Gathering Event in my email and got me fired up to get involved again. I'll dust off my tackhead, find my…

Started by Tom Fuller

0 Feb 11

Paintings/illustrations of pre-Sweeny banjos

Seems like I've seen paintings or illustrations of pre-Sweeny banjos, especially similar to the 4-stringer Mark Weems often plays.  Doing a…

Started by Al Smitley

0 Feb 6

Banjo Gathering

Well, it has taken some doing, but I am thrilled to announce a banjo gathering this year!  Here is a link to the event!https://www.renfrewm

Started by John Masciale

3 Feb 5
Reply by Elaine Masciale

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…

Started by Al Smitley

7 Feb 3
Reply by Timothy Twiss

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 wri…

Started by Tony Thomas

0 Jan 24

History of the banjo presentation

I have been recruited to present a "History of the Banjo" presentation for a local historical society.  What credible sources might be sugg…

Started by Al Smitley

4 Jan 24
Reply by Tony Thomas

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