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John Cohen
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John Cohen's Discussions

Interesting Photo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Lanham May 21, 2015. 10 Replies

Attached is a photo of what are supposedly  Union soldiers watching a group of African American minstrels perform.  Not sure if you all have seen this one before.  Check out how evolved the banjo in…Continue

Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss Jun 14, 2015. 91 Replies

I was reading through the Gatcomb's Gazette editions that Joel Hooks kindly uploaded, and in Volume 7 No. 3 the opening article titled "Old-Time Banjoists" provides a lot of information that is very…Continue

Collection of CDV Photos Up For Grabs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Apr 5, 2015. 2 Replies

Anybody know who they are?…Continue

great tintype on Ebay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Mar 1, 2015. 7 Replies

Check this one out... 4-string minstrel banjo!  The frame is from 1865, but no idea when the photo is from.…Continue

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John Cohen and Richard Katz are now friends
Nov 14, 2016
Charles Edward Lee and John Cohen are now friends
Jul 13, 2016
Richard William Ineson left a comment for John Cohen
"Hi John, Sorry about the delay in responding, been on holiday and then the 'friend' request seems to have failed. Let me have your details and we'll make arrangements to get the banjo to you."
Jun 26, 2015
John Cohen replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Roll Call
"Oh yeah, I totally forgot! That fifth string peg would get in the way..."
Jun 16, 2015
John Cohen replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Roll Call
"John, if you end up in need a banjo you can use one of the two I'm bringing. It's small but plays well and is an original piece."
Jun 16, 2015
John Cohen replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Roll Call
"I'm getting ready to fly back to MA from New Orleans, after which I'll make the drive down to AEBG."
Jun 15, 2015
Tim Twiss replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"You don't need to be that good to play this music. You only need some soul."
Jun 14, 2015
OK-4 replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"That is over my head, CW. More on playing styles: I mentioned Pete Seeger saying that most folks musicians that he encountered only knew maybe three songs using simple accompaniment. But he also stressed that many of these same people played with…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Only within the walls of the empire is the tree of knowledge forbidden."
Jun 12, 2015
Strumelia replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"I'm gonna duck out of this and go play my banjer now.   How about you guys putting up a video or two of actual music playing once in a while, for a change?   Dan'l?  Young John?   You've both been active…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"I use the term "celtic harp" because it is the term everyone is familiar with. About 1100 the instrument was considered natural or native to the British Isles as a whole--so one can argue with that name. And going back further, it was…"
Jun 12, 2015
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Where is there a reference to celtic harps going that far back? The histories of that instrument I've read trace it back to the Middle Ages."
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Ok. I read it. Lots of interesting stuff. And some confusion about whether a drone is high, low, or either one. Along those lines, I'd argue that a drone based music is in balance when it has both a high and low drone. So, on the historical…"
Jun 12, 2015
Strumelia replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Um, before we start dragging up this whole discussion of drones and drone strings and 'pedal points' yet again...can everyone please first read (or re-read) this discussion where we beat it all to death not that long…"
Jun 12, 2015
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"It's my opinion that the fifth string is used more as a pedal tone than a drone in early banjo music."
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"I might add that I find it curious that we have no western/European terminology for the use of drones. We think of music as chord based. And, I think with German influence, American popular melody becomes much more chord based after 1870. Still, a…"
Jun 12, 2015

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Google
How long have you played banjo?
1 year
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Jim Hartel Boucher, original minstrel banjos

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 8:12pm on June 23, 2014, Strumelia said…

Great meeting/playing with you too, John.  :)

At 8:14am on June 25, 2014, Michael Pasquerette said…

Likewise John, hope you will join us again next year

At 7:03am on May 19, 2015, Tim Twiss said…

Hey John...does your dad or family have a business that sells coins and artifacts?

At 10:05am on May 19, 2015, John Cohen said…
I actually used to sell them. These days I only have a small personal collection, though.
At 10:38am on May 19, 2015, Tim Twiss said…

I have 58 caliber bullets from James Cohen & Sons on Royal St in New Orleans. So that is you?

At 12:42pm on May 19, 2015, John Cohen said…
Ah, no, I'm not related to those Cohens. I love that store though. I ran an online business selling ancient coins and artifacts.
At 3:00am on June 26, 2015, Richard William Ineson said…

Hi John, Sorry about the delay in responding, been on holiday and then the 'friend' request seems to have failed. Let me have your details and we'll make arrangements to get the banjo to you.

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