I received an email informing me that Kate Kwame had left a comment on my profile page. I can't find anything from her and she does not appear in the members list. Does anyone know her through this…Continue
Whilst I imagine it possible that some American players visiting the UK may have brought tutors books with them, can anyone tell me if any of the publications from Briggs' onwards were sold in…Continue
"One purely anecdotal attempt to answer your question about how long after publication American tutor books were seen in England...
Cecil Hicks who wrote the first English banjo tutor book that we have found so far, was a professional musician and…"
"Extraordinary portrayal of late Victorian London street-life. I guess banjo-interested folks here, like myself, will not resist the temptation to slow the footage down and try and spot elements of the playing. I thought I saw a flash of 6 tuning…"
"To be historically accurate in accord to the first print evidence Mr Sweeney was in Liverpool and performing a year earlier in April 1842 (see The Liverpool Mail Tuesday 5 April 1842). Liverpool was one of the main Atlantic seaports and almost…"
"Sweeney was in the UK starting in 1843. Sheet music of tunes from the Virginia Minstrels was available very soon after they started up...but it was vocal music, songs. I would hazard to guess that copies of The Howe Preceptor and The Briggs Banjo…"
"From what I understand, Sweeny was in England around 1848-ish. So, I'd guess it may have started around then, though it's well known he basically learned "by ear" from Uncle Eph. But I'd guess it was the groups that came not…"
That is what I was thinking.
I'm just making a start on the 1860 'Buckley's New Banjo Method' on my flush fret banjo, probably English and possibly made in the 1870s. I like the thought that it was used to play those…"
"It wouldn't surprise if the tutors made their way there with the proliferation of the banjo and American acts. Now, did they set up a table and sell merchandise? I highly doubt that. Lol...The way these things go, I imagine the tutors were sort…"