Minstrel Banjo

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Old King Crow

Folks, Can anyone tell me who wrote Old King Crow, and what Minstrel group(s) performed it? I'm trying to pin down the use of the song ge…

Started by Cousin Lucius

3 Feb 7, 2009
Reply by Carl Anderton

Need help

Hello all, I used to reenact several years ago and found this site and thought you all could help me. Many yeasr ago I had bought some tap…

Started by Taylor Mayhew

2 Feb 5, 2009
Reply by Taylor Mayhew

Lew Brimmer and good times.

Lew Brimmer (ca.1841-1883) started in show business in 1861 with Christy’s Minstrels. He was a terrific banjo player and comedian, but he h…

Started by Carl Anderton

1 Feb 3, 2009
Reply by Dan'l

Nuther song

If anybody is into it, let's try "Keel Row Reel". It is a fiddle tune, but is old and should be quite adaptable to the banjo. I hope perhap…

Started by Tim Twiss

19 Feb 2, 2009
Reply by Trapdoor2

Banjo Roots Presentation at the Mercer Museum (http://mercermuseum.org/)

For those of you who live in the Philadelphia area, I'm giving a Banjo Roots presentation on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Mercer Museum…

Started by Greg Adams

1 Jan 31, 2009
Reply by razyn

A remarkable performance.

Reminiscences Of A Banjo Player. Second letter. By A. Baur. _________ ...I heard a performance once on the banjo that would have been c…

Started by Carl Anderton

1 Jan 28, 2009
Reply by Dan'l

AEBG III...???

Any idea if we'll have an AEBG III? The website for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has a listing for the "Antietam Anniversary W…

Started by Trapdoor2

1 Jan 27, 2009
Reply by Carl Anderton

Blackface, how to?

Many years ago my group and I did some performances in blackface. At the time we just used some simple black greasepaint and really only di…

Started by Dave Culgan

7 Jan 27, 2009
Reply by Dan'l

Sep. Winner's "Banjo: An Imitation of This Popular Instrument" (1858)

Tim and I have been enjoying going back-and-forth on a number of pieces. This, our latest, is an attempt to make some sense out of Septimus…

Started by Greg Adams

2 Jan 24, 2009
Reply by Greg Adams

Hooley's Opera House Songster

While researching historic children's toys for a workshop I am teaching I found this link to a pdf copy of Hooley's Opera House Songster, (…

Started by Elaine Masciale

2 Jan 20, 2009
Reply by Chris Ownby


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