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Paul Certo
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  • Bedford, Ohio
  • United States
  • Since 1968
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Certo Jun 26, 2017. 6 Replies

19th Century Guitar

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
Since 1968
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Goose Acres T12W open back, Carver Fretless Gourd Banjo

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At 6:12pm on April 26, 2009, Erick G said…
Hi Paul,
Seeing you were from NE Ohio I figured I'd say hello(I'm actually next door in Solon). Just curious, do you play in a band? We're looking for another banjo player in our period sting/minstrel group...

At 6:46pm on April 27, 2009, Erick G said…
Hi Paul, We started as a group of civil war reenactors but are planning on doing a 19th century civilian impression as well (Maybe trade that cowboy hat for a top hat or derby). I would say we cover the gamut of songs between 1840-1860's but are focused on what would be popular 1861-1865. We do some minstrel tunes, Foster's & Emett's tunes, like Year of Jubilo, Camptown races, Old Susanna, My Old Kentucky home, Dixie, Nelly Bly. Some popular tunes like Lorena, The girl I left behind me, Aura Lee. Some patriotic songs such as Battle Hymm, Marching through georgia, Garry Owen, tramp tramp tramp. We are also covering a few Irish jigs & Reels as well as playing some covers from David kincaid's album Irish Volunteer. I'm a beginner banjo player but primarily play parlor guitar, we have an excellent fiddle player, and a lead singer/tamborine player. We're looking to have a fuller sound with a lead banjo player, potentially some other instruments as well (Bones, mandolin, tin whistle, squeeze box. etc.). We just started about 3 months ago and we're starting to expand the set list. Our fiddle player also plays banjo, but is primarily our fiddle player. We could meet for coffee some time if your're interested...
At 5:02am on April 29, 2009, Erick G said…
hey paul, I'm usually not home until 6:30, want to meet at the Arabica@6:45 Wednesday, i'll call
At 7:02am on May 22, 2009, John Masciale said…
Hi Paul,

The Emaline thing had everything to do with voyeurism, and nothing to do with banjo (at least in my mind they have nothing in common, but who knows these days?). You didn't miss anything that can be seen anywhere else on the web.
At 2:16am on February 13, 2010, Ronald Ray Walker said…
Hello Paul, still trying to figure out this site..Ron Walker
At 1:55pm on July 26, 2011, Strumelia said…
Hi Paul, thanks for the greeting!

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