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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mohr Nov 17, 2019. 19 Replies

I nominate Mr. Chris Prieto to choose this week’s TOTWContinue

CRAFT IN AMERICA: MUSIC on PBS, Nov. 20th 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Adams Oct 29, 2015. 1 Reply

The series CRAFT IN AMERICA starts on Nov. 20th with the MUSIC episode. One of the instrument makers featured in this episode is James Hartel, with Rhiannon Giddens playing one of his instruments.…Continue

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Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels

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This book, part of which concerns American minstrelsy in Hawaii, may be of interest to some.  For more info go to  …Continue

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Essence Of Old Virginny.

A Frank B. Converse original from the Analytical Banjo Method, 1886.
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Joe Sweeney’s Jig / Matt Peel’s Walk Around

Joe Sweeney’s Jig - from Buckley 1860Matt Peel’s Walk Around - from Converse “yellow book” 1865
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Leavitt’s Jig.

From Converse’s Analytical Banjo Method, published 1887. Andrew Leavitt (1822 - 1901) performed in Boston and Albany.
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Skiowa Jig.

Good old 19th c. banjo tune from Buckley’s 1860 book.
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Angelica Polka.

From S. S. Stewart’s “The Minstrel Banjoist” 1881.
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Mid-19th Century Instrumental Medley

Old Johnny Boker, Briggs 1855Jim Along Josey, Howe 1851Backside of Albany, Howe 1851Old Zip Coon aka Turkey in the Straw, Briggs 1855
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Hartel-Boucher, Moschella gourd, nameless flushfret, Bart Reiter fretless, GT Whyte Laydie

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At 3:37pm on November 23, 2011, Al Smitley said…

Hello Paul.   That was a first.  It was pretty impromptu.  We went out to eat afterward and we talked about maybe doing it some more.

While eating, your name came up.  I commented about your right hand.  You make a lot of music but your right hand hardly moves.  Your right hand reminds me of Kevin Burke's left hand.  I listened to a lot of his recordings and then when I finally went to see him in concert, his left hand hardly moved!  It was hard to know how he could get all those notes in there that way.  Very efficient!

At 10:22am on June 28, 2012, Bob Winans said…

Glad to accept your friend request, Paul. And I hope you enjoy working on some of the variations from my presentation. I am thinking of posting the handout on this site so others can see it as well.

At 10:52am on June 28, 2012, Mark Weems said…

That would be great, Bob. Somehow I've misplaced my folder from the weekend!

At 7:00pm on April 23, 2014, Barbara Mullin said…

Thanks, Paul ;o}

At 11:17am on June 23, 2014, John Cohen said…
It was a great pleasure meeting you, and I look forward to playing more with you next year!
At 8:03pm on June 23, 2014, Marek Bennett said…

Great to meet you, too Paul... and to hear your fine playing on several different instruments!

At 11:03am on August 28, 2014, Ambrose Verdibello said…

Thanks Paul - I'm looking forward to playing some of these pieces with you - you're an inspiration.

At 1:10pm on March 5, 2015, Jean Louis Thiry said…

Merci Paul, glad to be there !

At 8:50pm on March 29, 2015, Nicholas A Bechtel said…

Hey Paul,,it has been a while...about last summer I started getting into the Dobro and then the Lap Steel..slowly found my self with a Pedal steel Guitar...been focusing on that, then started wanting to get back into my minstrel banjo. Its cool I spent about two and half years getting into it and all that practicing and learning songs, and its like I never left...I love the sound...been going around and checking out everyone's videos again, right now I am recouping from a hernia operation so I can't play my banjo yet just been learning Irish jigs on my Mandolin. I see you have a new Banjo.

At 12:41pm on June 6, 2015, Ian Bell said…
Will do, Paul. I'm looking forward to the weekend. (I get to be "Great Lakes Guy") I'm also playing at Havre Le Grace Maritime Museum near Baltimore on Wednesday evening.

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 11:01am 9 Comments

Hi Folks - I took video of everyone's performances at the Dunker Church concert on Sunday.  If you would like me to post your performance for our Ning brethren and sistren who where not there, I will gladly do so.  All performances were very good!  One caveat -- I really MESSED UP the audio on some of these videos thereby spoiling an otherwise great performance.  I sincerely apologize for that.  Mea maxima culpa!  I'll know better next time, I hope.... On the plus side, the audio of the…



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