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Dan Gibson
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  • Dallas, TX; Burlington, NC
  • United States
  • Old time 1986; Stroke 2010
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Dan Gibson's Discussions

Interesting Wunderlich banjo at Zepp Country Music

Started Jan 25, 2013 0 Replies

A friend of mine has consigned for sale a Wunderlich replica banjo to Zepp Country Music. This banjo is a replica of a banjo assembled by a Confederate soldier who had been incarcerated in a Maryland…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Adams Dec 16, 2012. 1 Reply

Perhaps it's a little early to ask, but do we have a date for AEBG VI?Continue

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Sweeney Banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Weems Oct 16, 2011. 1 Reply

Is there any information -- text, drawing, photo, etc.  -- of the banjo Joel Sweeney used during his days as a traveling minstrel in the U.S. and British Isles?  I've seen photos of the left-hander…Continue

Rockbridge and Hoppin' John Festivals

Started Aug 27, 2011 0 Replies

Anyone going to the Rockbridge Old Time Music Festival in Virginia Sept 9 & 10, and/or the Hoppin' John Old Time Festival in Pittsboro, NC, Sept 15-17? I'll be visiting my Dad in NC and plan to…Continue

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Dan Gibson replied to Tim Twiss's discussion AEBG 2015
"I'll most likely be there, coming from Texas via North Carolina as usual."
May 29, 2015
Dan Gibson updated their profile
Apr 1, 2015
Dan Gibson replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Where are they?
"Is there any way to sort a members search geographically, at least by state? That might help partially solve the distance problems by giving us some sense that we are not alone in our own backyards. I live in Dallas, TX.  Texas is a big state,…"
Apr 1, 2015
Dan Gibson replied to Tim Twiss's discussion TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'
"FWIW -- Here's a slide show version I did a couple of years ago. I cut it off short because I screwed it up so bad towards the end.  Hope you enjoy it. http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/video/old-johnny-boker"
Feb 25, 2015
Dan Gibson replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week-Alabama Joe
"We had a short discussion about Alabama Joe/Trelawney/Song of the Western Men in January of 2012. Has anyone come across an attribution for the minstrel lyrics.  The tunes are no doubt the same, but who wrote the minstrel lyrics.  And, was…"
Feb 17, 2015
Dan Gibson replied to David Armstrong's discussion New Build questions
"Don't get too hung up on a precise scale length.  It is fretless, after all. Put the bridge where it sounds best to you.  I play my Bell Boucher at about 28" to 28.5" (sometimes 29" depending on the weather). …"
Dec 23, 2014
Dan Gibson replied to Strumelia's discussion What music are you playing this week?
"Working on Ginger Blue from Mark Weems's book (The Music of Old Joe Sweeny")."
Dec 4, 2014
Dan Gibson replied to John Masciale's discussion Time to help pay for this site
"I'd like to donate, but I can't find the magic button(s).  Any suggestions?"
Jul 23, 2014
Dan Gibson is now friends with Paul Draper and Al Smitley
Jun 25, 2014
Dan Gibson commented on Rob Morrison's video

Kitty Crow

"Hi Rob, Great tune."
Jan 21, 2014
Clarke Buehling and Dan Gibson are now friends
Sep 13, 2013
Dan Gibson might attend Greg Adams's event

Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VI (June 21-23, 2013) at Keedysville, MD

June 21, 2013 to June 23, 2013
The Sixth Annual Antietam Early Banjo GatheringThe Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (also known as the Early American Banjo Conference) is the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th century banjo music and culture. The conference, held at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield, raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular music. It also underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War…See More
Mar 17, 2013
Dan Gibson posted a discussion

Interesting Wunderlich banjo at Zepp Country Music

A friend of mine has consigned for sale a Wunderlich replica banjo to Zepp Country Music. This banjo is a replica of a banjo assembled by a Confederate soldier who had been incarcerated in a Maryland prisoner-of-war camp. The original is owned by a family in North Carolina: 8" rim made by William R. Boucher, Jr.; neck made by the Confederate soldier; skin head and gut strings; painted rosewood graining; square peg head; red stretcher band and four hooks.I've played the replica -- nice banjo and…See More
Jan 25, 2013
Dan Gibson and Angela M. Wellman are now friends
Jan 25, 2013
Dan Gibson commented on Angela M. Wellman's video

Playlist-Angela Plays Banjo: The Journey

"Nice, clean playing. Thanks for posting."
Jan 25, 2013
Greg Adams replied to Dan Gibson's discussion AEBG VI?
"Yes, the date is June 21-23, 2013. George, Kyle, Tom, and I had an organizational meeting this past Wednesday and we'll be making an official posting about AEBG VI in the coming days! Save the date!!!"
Dec 16, 2012

Profile Information

How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Surfing banjo info/BHO
How long have you played banjo?
Old time 1986; Stroke 2010
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Lee; Wildwood; Prust 13" Boucher style; Thornburg grain measure tackhead; Thornburg gourd; Clifford Glenn mountain-style fretless;Bell Boucher Replica; 1890s Washburn 5-string

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 9:54am on February 14, 2011, Vince Abadie said…
Yes indeed! The more the merrier. :-)
At 8:03pm on February 28, 2011, John Allin said…
Thanks I will take it slow and man I agree with practice.
At 12:29pm on October 16, 2011, Mark Weems said…
yes, my drool. was there first! Almost went to Hoppin John's this year but had a wedding gig in Ct. next year all the local stroke players, me, you, Rob, Pentecost etc. should all try to go and create a contingent.
At 10:51am on November 15, 2012, R.D. Lunceford said…

Hi Dan;

Your name is familiar to me as well.

Happy to add you as a friend.

Thanks; RD

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