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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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Stephen Foster's demise

A little article recently online: A songwriter’s desperate end in a Bowery hotel

Started by Strumelia

6 2 hours ago
Reply by Al Smitley

Minstrel Boy Banjo Works

Hi gang, Is anyone familiar with Minstrel Boy Banjo Works, Phoenix, Arizona?  The builder is named R. England. I have a banjo made by him t…

Started by Jim Robertson

0 Apr 19

Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp

Was wondering how many people on the west coast would be interested in learning minstrel 'stroke style' banjo at American Banjo Camp? I hav…

Started by Jim Jacquet

2 Apr 12
Reply by Jim Jacquet

Hybrid Technique

I find that Stroke and Fingerstyle often work interchangeably, and can even be used in the same tune. Does anybody else have a similar expe…

Started by Timothy Twiss

2 Apr 5
Reply by Patrick Dirickx

Question about playing while standing

Did early banjo players use a strap  to secure the banjo for playing  while standing? I've looked online at old photos, paintings etc.  I h…

Started by Ronald Hanes

19 Mar 30
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Playing in keys of D (Briggs) or E (Rice)

Newbie here. Briggs tuning: dGDF#A  Can play tunes in G (1 sharp-F#) or D (2 sharps-C#, F#) Rice tuning: eAEG#B  Can play tunes in A (3 sha…

Started by Jon

2 Mar 30
Reply by John Masciale

New MInstrel Banjo Program at Midwest Banjo Camp

Experienced banjoists of any skill level are invited to take part in our new full-time “Minstrel Banjo” track, taught by Greg C Adams, and…

Started by Ken Perlman

1 Mar 27
Reply by Jon


Some time ago, I think it was Wes who said that there might be interest at the Pry House/Barn about rejuvenating the EABG.  Are there any u…

Started by Al Smitley

3 Mar 14
Reply by Wes Merchant

adding pictures

when I attempt to add pictures to my page it says I need a Plug to do so. will someone kindly tell me what I need and where do I get it Im…

Started by Ronald Hanes

2 Mar 4
Reply by Ronald Hanes

Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

Dates are set for September 8-10th for this year at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.  Mark your calenders! Details from David Wooldridge to follo…

Started by Mark Weems

1 Mar 1
Reply by Scott Danneker


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