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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
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

Monarchs of Minstrelsy pdf link

Here is a link to Google Books for Monarchs of Minstrelsy http://books.google.com/books?id=rRc5AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA163&lpg=PA163&dq=

Started by Elaine Masciale

0 Jan 19, 2009

Winner's New Primer

I am posting a few tunes from the overlooked Winner's New Primer of 1864. It is an excellent source of material, but not as commonly used a…

Started by Tim Twiss

5 Jan 17, 2009
Reply by Tim Twiss



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