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Does the banjo in this early record sound like there playing stroke style

I was listening to old banjo related songs on UCBC Cylinder Audio Archive and found this record from between 1890 and 1928. The first song sounds almost like Coon Hunt Walk Around and another some other unknown song mixed in and sounds like two banjo being played in stroke style and classic style. According to S.S Stewart, the stroke style was almost completely gone by about 1890. Could this have been the only surviving record too include stroke style banjo. http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/detail.php?query_type=mms_id&...

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Part of the banjo solo sounds like Essence of old Virginny (or the Converse Old 76). . My guess is that it's being played finger style, but I could be totally wrong. At any rate, nice find Brice. 

Thank you. For some reason, I always get those two songs mixed up.

Paul Draper said:

Part of the banjo solo sounds like Essence of old Virginny (or the Converse Old 76). . My guess is that it's being played finger style, but I could be totally wrong. At any rate, nice find Brice. 

I think, if this is stroke style, then I believe there are probably two banjoists. One playing stroke style and one playing classic style.

It came up before  here (early stroke play) Good find

........http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/8000/8103/cusb-cyl8103d.mp3

Yea.....interesting to hear something resembling a Converse arrangement from that time. Then he sort of goes into that minor harmony like in Lily Polka. Timing is rather erratic.

Paul Draper said:

Part of the banjo solo sounds like Essence of old Virginny (or the Converse Old 76). . My guess is that it's being played finger style, but I could be totally wrong. At any rate, nice find Brice. 


What was the title? The banjo sounds like a cello banjo.
Timothy Twiss said:

It came up before  here (early stroke play) Good find

........http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/8000/8103/cusb-cyl8103d.mp3

I seem to remember the phrase used by SSS was "fallen out of favor," but that did not stop him from continuing to promote it and even go to the effort and expense to design and patent a new thimble.

Despite SSS' opinion, plenty of people continued to play stroke style and instructions for it would occasional show up in new books.

As far as the recording-- I can't hear enough detail to have an option either way.  While it has details of stoke style I can also hear it as guitar style.  So I am on the fence.

Still, it is a pretty cool find and if I am reading correctly it is an amateur recording which is something I have not heard before from that era.

Thanks for sharing! 

Timothy Twiss said:It came up before  here (early stroke play) Good find........http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/8000/8103/cusb-cyl8103d.mp3

Good song to play on a riverboat gig, it's from the late steamboat era

"Haul The Woodpile Down"

Copyright, 1887, by Wm. a. Pond & Co.
Words by Edward Harrigan. Music by Dave Braham.

De red cow brushing de old blue fly, away down in Florida,
De white man laugh when de coon go by, now haul de wood pile down;
De steamboat's ready to burn dat pine, away down in Florida.
Be grape am ripe on de old black vine, now haul de wood pile down;
Den travelling, den travelling, as long as de moon am round,
Dat black girl mine on de Georgia Hue, now haul de wood pile down.  [etc. ect.]

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