Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

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Slight differences

I recently pulled out 2 tunes for comparison. The song is "Peel's Jig" as found in the Buckley 1860 Book, as well as the Emmett Mauscript.…

Started by Tim Twiss

4 Jan 10, 2009
Reply by Tim Twiss

What a delightful site

It is really nice to see a forum dedicated to early banjos. I really like the videos section. Tinpan

Started by Tinpan

1 Jan 9, 2009
Reply by Paul Certo

Oh, what's de Matter Suse Ann.

This song, arranged for banjo and voice in Phil. Rice's Correct Method for the Banjo, can also be found in the same book arranged for solo…

Started by Carl Anderton

2 Jan 4, 2009
Reply by John Masciale


Does anybody have, or use, any of the Christy's Somgsters or Old Cremona? What are these like? I have never seen them.

Started by Tim Twiss

1 Jan 3, 2009
Reply by Carl Anderton

Fiddle Sources

Of course the Minstrel Banjo is closely knit to the fiddle music of that time. Is anybody playing tunes from fiddle books? Ihave been using…

Started by Tim Twiss

1 Jan 2, 2009
Reply by John Masciale

Creating a banjo arrangement

One of our members has asked how do I go about creating a period banjo part for a tune. This is a great question, and I don't have a pat an…

Started by John Masciale

33 Jan 2, 2009
Reply by Tim Twiss

Lilly Library, Indiana University

John & I were at the Lilly Library yesterday (picked up our daughter for Christmas break). We spent several hours at the Lilly studying…

Started by Elaine Masciale

6 Jan 2, 2009
Reply by John Masciale

Would You Become a Banjoist?

Would You Become a Banjoist ? Written for The Cadenza. By Frank B. Converse, New York City. Then you must work. The person who imagines…

Started by Carl Anderton

1 Jan 1, 2009
Reply by Dan'l

Jeff Menzies Gourd Banjo Making Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center

I will be teaching a week long gourd banjo making class at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas from March 15th-20th. The works…

Started by Jeff Menzies

0 Dec 29, 2008

Concert announcement

Hi All, Here is info on a concert I will be performing in with my wife and partner, Maggi. In addition to banjo, I'll be playing guitar,…

Started by Jim Dalton

9 Dec 26, 2008
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