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Carl Anderton
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Travels of F.B. Converse

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Pentecost May 19, 2013. 1 Reply

Installing a head with tacks.

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Book about Dan Emmett.

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Briggs cover

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:34pm 1 Comment

Tom Briggs makes an appearance.

Posted on January 7, 2012 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

I'm starting this blog just to keep track of whenever Tom Briggs gets a Google Books mention; he being such an important yet ephemeral figure...


Interesting (1890) tidbit on "thimble" playing here, not that I want…


Oh what a dream I had.

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 5:30pm 8 Comments

I had an amazing dream last night.  A musical, banjo dream.  And instead of it slipping into the ether when I woke up, I remembered some of it.  It went like this:


I was at a Civil War event of some kind.  I met George Wunderlich, who had some music he wanted me to listen to.  He took me to a tent, where he had a sort of reel-to-reel machine.  He said the music was of an early stroke-style black banjo player, who had recorded just before he died in the 1890's.  I kept looking…


The Converse pre-Gathering

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:43pm 1 Comment

Okay, people, last call for our Thursday the 23rd pre-event in Elmira, Ny.  Joel Hooks, Aurelia Perry, Kyle Pretzl and myself will hook up in Elmira to look for Frank Converse's ghost.  Actually, we have made several fascinating discoveries that will make our stay memorable.  Joel and Aurelia have found the original residences of the Converse and Maxwell families, and the houses still stand, so that will be a treat.  Also, the 1837 Presbyterian Church where father Maxey Manning Converse died…


Christy's Minstrels Christmas Annual.

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments



Here's an interesting publication by Christy's Minstrels in England, who were a staple for years at St. James Hall in London under G. W. "Pony" Moore.  Frank Converse played with them in 1866 when he undertook his triumphal…


Comment Wall (37 comments)

At 9:49am on November 12, 2008, John Masciale said…
Hi Carl,

I'm glad you joined. It would feel like we had a hole in the group without you.
At 9:53am on November 12, 2008, Trapdoor2 said…
Glad to see you here, Carl. Damn the torpedoes!
At 10:04am on November 13, 2008, John Masciale said…
Elaine and I love the picture!
At 9:17pm on November 29, 2008, Rick Hadley said…
That was a 1943 Navy SNJ-4 that I got to fly for my birthday a couple of years ago. Great flying airplane!
At 10:21pm on November 29, 2008, Zeke D said…
Carl, i was admiring your video of Money am a Hard Thing to Borrow. I was just wondering where you would be able to find a tab for a song like that ? Thank you!
At 11:44pm on November 29, 2008, Scott Miller said…
Cuffie is really smokin' on them bones.
At 9:34am on November 30, 2008, Aurelia Perry said…
Hi! Thank you so much for the nice welcome -- am still trying to figure out this e-mail-group-on-steroids thing, but the interaction is AWESOME! Take care, Aurelia
At 10:14am on November 30, 2008, Zeke D said…
Thank you!
At 11:40am on November 30, 2008, Forrest Peterson said…
Hey there back Mess brudder!Thought I'd check this new site out.Ya'll are sounding good!
At 9:32pm on December 2, 2008, Peter Emerick said…
Thank you Carl, I've been lurking for a while. Unfortunately to many committments that steal away from my research time. Hope all are well.

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