I think I may need one of those automagical models!
Since I asked , I better tell, If I hadnt already, I forget sometimes.
I was searching yt for bones playing. I had seen a guy playing them and they semed too fun. I came across Old Cremona's channel, finding Cuffie going like crazy on the bones. And this guy [Carl Anderton] playing a banjo like I had never heard before. I was a Doc fan and loved his claw,,, but this was even better! i kept watching and looking until I bought a banjo off yt, and then found this site.
Thanks to Carl Anderton for making so many performance vids,, and Tim Twiss for so many instructional videos. You both have made the hidden,, known Ive played different inst for yrs,,, but this one seems to fit my love of the old , love of history and just everything about it.
Believe it or not, I first remember liking folk music in 4th grade music class when we had to sing "Piping Tim of Galway" (tune of "Rakes of Mallow"). I found that I liked bluegrass when I saw the Dillards on Andy Griffith in the mid-60s.......but I played rock & Roll in high school but started fooling around with a cheap banjo my sister had.
When I was a senior in high school, I watched Pete Seeger's "Rainbow Quest" on PBS and that got me going from bluegrass to folk music and I started playing in that style. Within 5 or 10 years, however, I was playing concertina, and then fiddle and obsessed with Celtic music. both Irish and Scottish, and some Cape Breton and Scandanavian. During that time, Bob Winans lived in the area and he gave a workshop at the Paint Creek Folklore Society but for some reason, the minstrel banjo didn't hit me, then, perhaps because I was too much into fiddle, etc.
I went though steaks when I played nothing for years at a time but while visiting Mufreesboro Battlefield, purchased a set of CDs with CW music...including a couple cuts of John Hartford and Bob Carlin. The low-down plunk of the minstrel banjo did something to me. I began to look for more and purchased the CD, "Minstrel Banjo Style".
On my birthday in 2007, my (now ex-) wife asked me what I wanted to do. I saw, in the newspaper, that a minstrel banjo player was playing at Stone Schoolhouse in Ann Arbor. I wanted to go to see it. As it turned out, it was Tim Twiss and the banjo he played is now mine as Tim decided to purchase a different one.
Being that I have been fascinated by the antebellum era, this is a perfect fit, and I have become interested in songs again, whereas with the fiddle it was all tunes.......and though I still would like to play fiddle, banjo is so much more relaxing!! I now have a tough time even thinking of the minstrel banjo and the modern banjo as the same instrument!