Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

So, do we know of any early female players/performers? Who were the earliest female performers (on the banjo) we know of?


Method in my madness: Dan Knowles is producing a new series of banjos (in cahoots with Bill Rickard) and he likes to give each banjo a name. He asked me if I knew of any female Minstrel banjo players...so I'm asking y'all!



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Cool! That's a great cabinet card photo of her (on ebay).

Unfortunately, the banjo maker has succumbed to the siren song of Greek gods. The line of banjos will be called "Olympic" and the individual banjos will be named after Greek gods.

I would much prefer "Daisy Belmont". ;-)

Not all is lost, Dan builds a fine line of early banjos. I owned "Gertrude" for a few years and took her to AEBG I.

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