Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

For those of you not living in north central North Carolina, the governor here has declared a state of emergency.  Due to snow, freezing rain, and heavy winds, there are hundreds of thousands of people without power.  My house has been without power and water (and, believe me, water is the bad one).  Things quickly become very basic. My lovely wife Mary and I kept warm by sitting a couple of feet from the fireplace, or the frontier television, as we call it. After about the first eight hours in this situation things were reduced to such a bare bones, basic, primitive level that Mary requested banjo music.  So I gave a little concert complete with explanatory background and interesting facts about the instruments being played.  It was wonderful.  I'm not really sure how you could replicate this, but it's really fun.  Try it some time.

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Or, you might have become proficient at it and performed in the circus.

Instead of "Durang's Hornpipe", we might all be playing "Wykes' Hornpipe"!

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