But in this somewhat more enlightened era -- apart from the campfires of CW reenactments, and the educational programs of a few folklorists and historic sites, what other venues are there?
Now there is a problem to solve. I think other venues are out there. I hope the music has life beyond the above mentioned. There is so much exciting instrumental music available...it is a matter of how it is presented.
Not far from where I live is Sturbridge Village, which recreates an 1830s New England village. Eventually I would like to be a costumed volunteer there working in the blacksmith's shop or cooper's shop. One of the full time blacksmiths puts on musical performances on the fiddle and recorder and a couple of other instruments, but no banjo. I talked to him about it recently and he didn't think the banjo was played in rural New England in the 1830s. 1840s maybe, but not the 1830s. One of my goals is to find evidence to prove him wrong so that if I ever get a chance to volunteer there, I can bring my banjo with me! I know that there is evidence of slaves playing the banjo in Newport, RI in the 1700s, but I need to focus more on rural New England to make my case.