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Mark Weems
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  • Durham, NC
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  • 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

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"Canaries" on Two Gourd Banjos: With & Without a Thumb String

www.nctradmusic.com Ruminating about early banjo prototypes from West Africa acculturating with Spanish and Portuguese lutes and when and where it happened, ...
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"Richard you have put forth a formidable amount of posting immediately after joining. To be honest, it feels somewhat abrupt to me. Perhaps you could come up for air for a minute and introduce yourself to us in some way?  That would be…"
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"Richard, I understand the "safe space" value of documented evidence for the scholar, but the folk tradition rarely lines up with what is found in codified classical presentations represented by tutors and manuals. For instance, the early…"
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"Strumelia ~ Dale's two innovations were the bone bushing to facilitate the spinning of the tambourine and an internal tuning system wherein the drum's frame was in two parts. There was the usual drum shell but also an internal ring that…"
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"Strumelia ~ Dale's two innovations were the bone bushing to facilitate the spinning of the tambourine and an internal tuning system wherein the drum's frame was in two parts. There was the shell and an internal ring that could be force up…"
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"Mark Weems, please re-read my post. The African-American tambourinist didn't need to read that book, it was written ABOUT them and their tambourine techniques by an English composer. Besides, literary evidence suggests that most of the Black…"
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"Glen Velez and I collectively have some 12,000 images of frame drums covering this instrument's 6,000 year plus history. A few facts that have long been established regarding the history of these drums, among them is the introduction of sound…"
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"Glen Velez and I collectively have some 12,000 images of frame drums covering this instrument's 6,000 year plus history. A few facts that have long been established regarding the history of these drums, among them is the introduction of sound…"
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"I agree with Mark. Now, of course I think historical “tutors” are extremely important but like Mark’s tongue-in-cheek question when he wondered if musicians on plantations as well as the rough music halls in NYC, had read any of…"
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"The Dale instructions for spinning the tambo remind me of banjo spinning. Here's a very elderly but still entertaining Uncle Dave Macon (b.1870) spinning his banjo with his son Dorris on…"
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"I think this discussion is very important as the tambourine and the banjo are the two prime instruments of early Minstrel ensembles. We need to think more about how they interacted. But as far as clicking of jingles goes, I find it impossible to…"
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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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