Minstrel Banjo

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Jine The Cavalry...

Hi gang, Well, I had an excellent time doing the "Banjo History" gig for Banjo Newsletter's workshops up at "SPBGMA" (Society for the Pres…

Started by Trapdoor2

6 Feb 24, 2009
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Bring this to your next early banjo event


Started by Greg Adams

2 Feb 23, 2009
Reply by Carl Anderton

Confederate Banjo

Folks- What do you think about this banjo? Does it look right? Can you date it? What do you think it'll go for? I'm going down Saturday to…

Started by Cousin Lucius

5 Feb 23, 2009
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Buckley's Fiddle Book of 1855

I had the good fortune of meeting Mark Wingate on the internet this week. He was kind enough to share the Buckley Fiddle Book of 1855. This…

Started by Tim Twiss

5 Feb 14, 2009
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heads up: 1867 patent H.C. Dobson

Just got a phone call from someone who has an old banjo she wants to sell. Said she didn't know squat about banjos, but had seen enough ant…

Started by Dan Gellert

1 Feb 12, 2009
Reply by Dave Culgan

Stroke vs. Thimble playing, according to Clarence Partee, 1895.

Practical Hints on Modern Banjo Playing, By Clarence L. Partee. No. 5. Stroke Playing and Modern Thimble Playing. _______________________…

Started by Carl Anderton

5 Feb 11, 2009
Reply by Dan Gellert

Virginia Minstrels

Folks, I'm trying to pinpoint some of the Virginia Minstrels' performances in Virginia. I found a newspaper article that mentions them per…

Started by Cousin Lucius

1 Feb 10, 2009
Reply by Brian Welch

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
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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
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