Minstrel Banjo

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Giant (and old!) Tambourine

I'm not sure if this is minstrel-era or not, but the price was right and it's now a part of my collection.  It's a whopping 17'' in diamete…

Started by John Cohen

23 Nov 6
Reply by Strumelia

Awesome Banjo, bones, minstrels image

We'll see if it shows up OK.  A very cool image!  

Started by Matthew Mickletz

10 Nov 6
Reply by Richard Graham

Look to the Tambourine

I've spent the last couple of months downloading antebellum newspaper advertisements for sellers of banjos during the period stretching fro…

Started by Bob Sayers

7 Nov 6
Reply by Richard Graham

Kerr's Negro Jig?

Is this one a Carolina Chocolate Drops original? If not, can somebody enlighten me on its origins?

Started by david caron

2 Nov 6
Reply by david caron


I've devised a half dozen possible pronunciations for "Boucher". (Boo-cher,  Boo-shay, Bow-cher, Bow-shay, Boo-share, Bow-share).  Can some…

Started by Steve Stroot

3 Nov 5
Reply by david caron

Horse hair strings on early gourd banjos

Believe it or not. There are supposedly accounts from the 1700s of gourd banza, bonza, strum strums, banjos, whatever you want to call them…

Started by Brice Alms

6 Oct 31
Reply by John Masciale

The Banjo Gathering 2018

Is anyone else here going to BRISTOL VA for this next week?

Started by M'lou Brubaker

0 Oct 28

October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!

I just decided. Because October is the month of Halloween and pumpkins and squash and old hollow/hallow things, even the O in October is ro…

Started by Strumelia

91 Oct 28
Reply by M'lou Brubaker


I received a message via the Minstrel Banjo comment wall from Kay Mivedo and/or Thomas Kossi - neither are Minstrel Banjo members.  The mes…

Started by Steve Stroot

6 Oct 19
Reply by Paul Draper

Halp! What is a trill?

I can read the description on Wikipedia and hear them played on my Twiss USB drive but I can't wrap my noodle around it. Currently trying t…

Started by Chris Prieto

4 Oct 18
Reply by Tom Berghan


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