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Mark Weems
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  • Durham, NC
  • United States
  • 22 years
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Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Danneker Mar 1, 2017. 1 Reply

Dates are set for September 8-10th for this year at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.  Mark your calenders! Details from David Wooldridge to follow soon.Continue

Early Banjo Traditions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Ely Smith Dec 12, 2016. 3 Replies

http://www.earlybanjotraditions.com/A great place to find Early Banjo Cd's, Books, or Lessons!Continue

A Merry Sweeney Christmas!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Taggart Dec 25, 2015. 15 Replies

Just in time for the Holiday's. You can now get both the tab/notation book The Music of Old Joe Sweeny and the newly released CD Ole Virginy Break Down! The Music of Old Joe Sweeny, for the special…Continue

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Playford's "Jamaica" on a four-string Gourd Banjo

"This one is really good. So old and reminds of Jordan is a hard road to travel"
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Playford's "Jamaica" on a four-string Gourd Banjo

"P.S. too funny- after your video played, youtube suggested for me a video of quintuplet teens fiddling Orange Blossom Special.  (wtf? lololol)  "And now, for something a little different...""
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Playford's "Jamaica" on a four-string Gourd Banjo

"Just ....sweeet. Mark you so often demonstrate that a tune doesn't have to be complex or fancy in order to be utterly delightful.  So inspiring! "
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Mark Weems replied to D. Wooldridge's discussion Reduced Rate for those Wanting a Hotel for the 2018 Appomattox Court House Sweeney Convergence
"Hi Rob. We usually use the Tavern Porch as a kind of home-base, though we are free to roam and play. Don't worry, you won't have any problem finding one of us! Please check off on the event page that you are coming. And glad you are."
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Old Dan Tucker

"Nice to revisit the old chestnuts sometimes."
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Old Dan Tucker

"Absolutely Wonderful!!!!"
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Old Dan Tucker

"Wooooooh! Puttin the stank on dat dar tooney!"
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Old Dan Tucker

http://www.earlybanjotraditions.com/ Written by Dan Emmett of the Virginia Minstrels in 1843. Played on a James Ashborn reproduction.
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Stephen Foster's "Comrades, Fill No Glass For Me"

"Meant to add that it was published the same year as his father's death."
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Stephen Foster's "Comrades, Fill No Glass For Me"

"Not sure, but what a great melody!"
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22 years
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Bob Flesher Sam Sweeney, Pete Ross 4 string Mande Banza, Will Fielding Rooster, Mike Ramsey Special

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"Joe Sweeney" by Karl Denver

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

Just stumbled upon this - a real gas from the past! (1961)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlW1QhHFH1A&feature=related

Rob Morrison in Chapel Hill, Mark Weems in Durham

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 10:16am 11 Comments

Rob, two players within 15 miles and we don't know each other? please get in touch!

Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 9:28pm on April 27, 2011, Tim Twiss said…
Hi Mark. Welcome to the site. I think I saw you played Harpers Jig on youtube?? 
At 10:54am on May 13, 2011, Carl Anderton said…
At 3:03pm on July 13, 2011, Rob Morrison said…

Mark--

Even though I've been on this website for almost a year, I'm still trying to figure out how it works.  I just noticed your request. Looking forward to seeing Mr. Ayers.

At 12:21pm on February 26, 2013, Tim Twiss said…

Mark...want to do another vocal group number this year?

At 9:25pm on February 26, 2013, Mark Weems said…

Okay Tim, but I want to do something on my gourd as well.

At 3:26pm on February 27, 2013, Tim Twiss said…

Great. But if you would clarify your comment about the gourd...I don't see the connection...or conflict, if any.

At 11:17am on June 26, 2013, razyn said…

Following up our brief conversation at AEBGVI -- if we need to discuss further any of the actual southern stuff (as distinguished from its imitation by Yankees for comic effect), I'm here.  And the guy I was trying to recall with a New Orleans mulatto background was Picayune Butler.  There are probably archived arguments about him here somewhere, between (mainly) me and Carl Anderton.  We do that from time to time, keeps us young at heart.

At 9:56pm on September 6, 2013, Wayne Bartlett said…

No kidding!  We're transplants--I retired out of the AF at Maxwell, then my wife got a job teaching at U of Montevallo.  She's not there anymore, though.  I think you mean Mr. Tedrow's place, you bet--he's still driving that 1933 Ford too. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Tedrows-Homewood-MusicTedrow-Concertinas/78954626217

At 9:45am on September 4, 2014, Kevin Gosner said…

Mark, What a nice to surprise to get a note from you!  I am still working on those songs from Swannanoa, enjoying your book and also finding so much good stuff from you and others on YouTube. Best to both you and Julee.

At 4:22am on October 31, 2014, Christine Bell said…

I am having trouble purchasing a copy of your book The Music of Old Joe Sweeny: Father of the Five-String Banjo & American Popular Music any suggestions please?

Thanks.

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