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Bell & Son Brawley Minstrel Banjo Kit for sale.

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The Brawley Civil War Banjo is patterned after a banjo made by Frank Brawley, Co. G, 6th…Continue

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19th century style vintage.

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sheet music

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 4:09am 6 Comments

Looking for sheet music or tabs for civil war era banjo/fiddle duets.  Any help?

Celebrate History Music Festival in Gettysburg -- June 29th - July 5th, 2013.

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 12:23pm 0 Comments

Inviting musicians to take part in this once in a lifetime event.  Registrations are being accepted now.


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At 2:30pm on August 20, 2011, Songs of the Civil War-Bob Welch said…
Good to hear from you Joel. I use a hybrid style when I perform. I've never been properly taught minstrel, clawhammer, frailing, or anything else you might call it. For most of my outdoor performances, before crowds in activity tents, etc, I use a steel string made by Deering. It has an open back, planetary style tuners, but couldn't be called a minstrel banjo at all. Frankly, the majority of the public who attend Civil War reenactment events wouldn't know a minstrel style banjo from a ukelele. I have three fretless banjos with calf skin heads made by Eric Prust. I use those for school, library, museum programs to show off the 19th century style banjo. There's a very good instructional DVD on Southern style banjo playing by Mike Seeger. He makes an interesting point, noting that styles of playing in the mid 1800's often varied from county to county, state to state, region to region. In today's world of instant news, internet banjo lessons and mass distribution, thousands from all over the world can learn one particular style of playing. In 1861 the young banjo playing soldier from Tennessee and his counterpart from Georgia may have known the same songs, but played them in very different styles. Anyway, thanks for getting in touch. Please visit my web site. www.bobwelch1863.com

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