Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Below is the confirmed itinerary for the banjo conference.  Please note the additions we've made to accomodate more mentoring/jam session time.  Friday has the most significant changes, here is the best opportunity to work with some of the best Early American banjo players on Earth!!  Many thanks to the Gentlemen below for agreeing to come earlier on Friday to mentor their colleagues!  NOTE: Conference opens at 12:00pm instead of 3:00pm.  Get on the road early!


Fifth Early American Banjo Gathering

June 22-23-24, 2012

Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam National Battlefield,

Keedysville, Maryland


Itinerary (subject to change without notice)


FRIDAY, June 22

  • Noon: Registration opens
  • 1:00-5:00 p.m.: "Early Bird" Mentoring Sessions (first come, first serve) with George Wunderlich, Bob Winans, Greg Adams, Tim Twiss, Carl Anderton, and friends.
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.--Dinner on your own
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.--Greetings and Show & Tell
  • 8:00-? p.m.--Jam Session & Social


  • 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, coffee, and pastries
  • 9:00-9:45 a.m.: Presentation 1:

Elaine Masciale—Exploring multiple meanings behind period lyrics

  • 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Presentation 2:

Jim Dalton— Intervals that make cents: Tuning, intonation, and the 19th-century banjo

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch (provided for registered participants)
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Presentation 3:

Peter Szego—The early American guitar and the antebellum banjo

  • 3:00-3:45 p.m.: Presentation 4:

Emily Oleson—Exploring 19th-century vernacular dance concepts

  • 5:00 p.m.: PUBLIC CONCERT
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner on your own
  • 6:30 p.m.-?: Jam Session & Social

SUNDAY, June 24

  • 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, coffee, and pastries
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Large group meeting about AEBG 2013, logistics for Sunday afternoon concert
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Presentation 5:

Bob Winans—Introducing variation into your playing

  • 10:15-11:30 a.m.: Mentoring Sessions (group and individual)
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 2:00 p.m: Concert in Dunker Church
  • [goodbye]

Events subject to change without notice.  


There is no charge for camping in the barn.  Staff will be at the location the entire weekend.

Participant Show & Tell: Participants can share new tunes, techniques, research, resources, etc.  Must pre-register to present.

Pre-register by downloading form on our website, http://www.civilwarmed.org/calendar/events/view/45  the Minstrel Banjo Forum, http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/forum/topics/2012-pry-house-early-ame... calling Susan Rosenvold at 301-695-1864 x 15, or by email at clarabarton@civilwarmed.org

Physical* Pry House address: 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, MD.  For directions, please see our website at: http://www.civilwarmed.org/pry_house/visit-us/

*We cannot accept mail at this address.  Please send any correspondence to our headquarters at P.O. Box 470, Frederick, MD 21705. 




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Oh yea! Looks like a great weekend.

Since we were at Shiloh this weekend, I was unable to respond to Greg's question about the title of my presentation.  So, here is the correct title for session 1   "Putting it in Context: Understanding the Lyrics of Antebellum Music"



I was kicking around the idea of going to the Tigers/Pirates game in Pittsburgh the night before and arriving to the gathering later on Saturday morning but the topic of your 9 am presentation has me thinking that I would want to forgo the game and get there on Friday night!

Good evening everyone,

If you are planning on attending the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering next month, please be sure to download the registration form so that we can get you on the roster. Can't wait for next month to roll around!


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