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Elaine Masciale
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  • Palatine, IL
  • United States
  • I am married to a banjo player so I…
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Elaine Masciale's Discussions

Ole Dan Emmett's Home Burned

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Smitley Jul 21. 1 Reply

Female Minstrel Players

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Jul 24. 18 Replies

Negro Slave Christmas Celebration 1862

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Dec 15, 2010. 9 Replies

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Strumelia replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"Like this amazing modern singer Luc: http://youtu.be/QE6AscIZW9M"
Jul 24
John Cohen replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"I'd need to find it again.  I read it a long time ago, and in retrospect I should have saved a copy when I did.  I couldn't what aspect of the performance made it so unpopular, but if I were to take an educated guess I'd say…"
Jul 24
Strumelia replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"Yes it seems to me as well that men were playing the parts of ladies in minstrel shows.   John- did you get the impression that the audience was 'horrified' simply due to the fact that she was a real woman, or because it was a…"
Jul 24
John Cohen replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"My research is in agreement with what Bob has posted.  While I've found references to female banjo players, I've only come across a single reference about a female minstrel.  It was from a review of a performance by…"
Jul 23
Bob Sayers replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"During the earlier discussion, I spent a fair amount of time searching for evidence of female minstrels during the antebellum period.   There were, in fact, female banjo players in the 1850s-1860s period--the most famous being Lotta Crabtree…"
Jul 22
Bob Sayers replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
"I knew there would be an occasion to re-post this cartoon from Punch.  I apologize if it offends anyone.   But it's Victorian humor about women, banjos, low-class entertainment, blackface--sort of equal opportunity lampooning.…"
Jul 22
Wes Merchant replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Female Minstrel Players
Jul 22
Al Smitley replied to Elaine Masciale's discussion Ole Dan Emmett's Home Burned
"Occasionally, while on other trips, I looked in a AAA tour book to see if there was anything to see in Mt.Vernon regarding Emmett.  I could never find any mention of anything.  I wish I would have searched a little deeper."
Jul 21

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
My husband, John
How long have you played banjo?
I am married to a banjo player so I feel grandfathered in...
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Penny whistles (tin whistle) - Sausato E, B, Bb; Burke C, D Jawbone _ mule or ass, unspecified Tambourine - oldish

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Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 5:26pm on December 19, 2008, razyn said…
Just befriending the folks I know, from AEBG or the old forum --
Dick Hulan
At 5:37pm on June 15, 2010, razyn said…
Wonder if you might like to comment on Ian Bell's photo of a tin whistle. I've gone about as fur as I can go, with it.
At 10:50am on December 10, 2010, Jeff Trace said…

WOW!  I have another friend!!  Great to hear from you.  Thanks for thinking of me.

 

Jeff

At 5:05am on April 4, 2011, Sylvia said…

Great photos Mrs Masciale. Thank you for sharing.  They are an inspiration.

At 7:41pm on February 27, 2012, Bell Banjos said…

Hey lady,

Do you guys have recordings?

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