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Rob Morrison
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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  • minstrel, 22 yrs., clawhammer, 38…
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What To Do On A Rainy Day

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Smitley Mar 10, 2014. 16 Replies

For those of you not living in north central North Carolina, the governor here has declared a state of emergency.  Due to snow, freezing rain, and heavy winds, there are hundreds of thousands of…Continue

Historical authenicity vs. practicality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Morrison Dec 10, 2013. 3 Replies

This is a busy time for me and my fiddler friend Norm Boggs.  We just had three public performances in four days at historic sites in North Carolina.  The engagement last night was one we will always…Continue

Friends

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Adams May 13, 2013. 1 Reply

My apologies to anyone I may have inadvertantly snubbed in the past.  I just now, after three years, figured out how the friends gizmo works.  I really am a congenial fellow.  Thank you for your…Continue

Fretted vs. Fretless

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Shimonkevitz Feb 25, 2013. 13 Replies

This weekend I had the good fortune to play with a group of mid-nineteenth century musicians at Mark Weems' house (his lovely wife Julee was out of town).  Mark had a brand new Ashborn reproduction…Continue

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Aug 1, 2016
Rob Morrison and Lew Stern are now friends
Jul 31, 2016
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May 18, 2016
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The Ole Rob & Dave Show #3

"I see you got the best side of my face in the photo.  It's going up on my wall."
May 17, 2016
Rob Morrison left a comment for Sonny Bryan
"Hey sonny--Had  great time with you and the guys and Lisa.  It's fun to play dress-up every so often and play music with words you can't always sing.  These things are always fun.  Great to get to know you."
May 17, 2016
Rob Morrison and Sonny Bryan are now friends
May 17, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on D. Wooldridge's event 3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence
"Thanks to David and Mark for organizing this thing.  Had a great time playing with Sonny, Scott, Tom, Jack, both Davids, Lisa, Paul, and the usual gang od idiots.  Lectures were great. Let's do it again."
May 16, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on D. Wooldridge's event 3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence
"Mark--I talked to Dave Kirchner last night. he's bringing new banjos for sale if anyone interested.  I'm bringing newly restored mystery banjo.  Dave and I will get there early afternoon Friday.  Very excited. "
May 12, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on D. Wooldridge's event 3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence
"Scott--Dave is a minstrel banjo maker, tambo maker, and a great banjo player and singer.  He's coming to Appomattox."
May 9, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on D. Wooldridge's event 3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence
"Scott--I sent Dave Kirchner's number to David Wooldridge earlier today.  I don't have a way to send it to you privately, but if you can check with David, he should have it."
May 9, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on D. Wooldridge's event 3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence
"FYI--  Dave Kirchner, the great instrument maker and singer with the  voice that needs no amplification, will be attending the Sweeney Convergence.  Looking forward to seeing Y'all there. "
Apr 23, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P Knauff Reel Medley

"There are no definitive versions of any of these songs or tunes.  For instance "Tom Dooley" put Frank Proffitt on the map and allowed his children to have shoes in the summertime and new clothes for school, but there are other…"
Feb 23, 2016
Rob Morrison commented on Mark Weems's video
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The Snowy Path

"The word jig in the 19th century seems to have referred to any dance tune, regardless of time signature, e. g. Butler's Jig, Prince's Jig, Jim Crow Jig, Nine O'clock Bell Jig, Rattlesnake Jig, Hobson's Jig, and a slew of others,…"
Feb 17, 2016
Rob Morrison replied to D. Wooldridge's discussion An opportunity to help the NPS preserve one of most important historical banjo sites!
"Here is my unsolicited testimonial.  I came to the first two Sweeney festivals and had a ball. Who doesn't like to dress up in funny clothes and play the banjo, bones, or whatever all day with a bunch of other crazy…"
Feb 16, 2016
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
minstrel, 22 yrs., clawhammer, 38 yrs., tenor, 54 yrs..
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
authentic banjo's from every decade from 1850's to 1930's

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AEBG Registration

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:00pm 4 Comments

I was talking to Mark Weems today and we both wondered whether we  had possibly missed some announcement about registration for AEBG.  I know when the dates are, but by this time of the year in the past, I had already registered.  Anyone have info on this?

LECTURE/CONCERT/EXHIBITION UNC CHAPEL HILL

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 11:20am 4 Comments

ALL CONCERNED--

i JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS UPCOMING EVENT AT THE WILSON LIBRARY AND MEMORIAL HALL ON THE UNC CAMPUS.  THE FIRST PART IS A SEIES OF LECTURES ON THE HISTORY OF THE BANJO BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS WITH AN ACCOMPANYING EXHIBIT IN THE LIBRARY.. THEN THERE IS A A CONCERT WITH TONY TRISHKA, RILEY BAUGUS, KIRK SUTPHIN AND DOM FLEMONS SATURDAY NIGHT.  YOU HAVE TO GET FREE TICKETS FROM THE MEMORIAL HALL BOX OFFICE FOR THE CONCERT.   I KNOW MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIVE HERE LIKE I DO, BUT…

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Reel Crazy Time

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 9:57am 1 Comment

My friend Norm Boggs and I had a busy weekend at local historic sites this past weekend.  The Candlelight Tour at Duke Homestead is certain to remain firmly lodged in memory.  Our contribution was to play for the dancers in an old tobacco barn as the public was ushered through in groups of 25 or 30, one complete dance per group.  Well, to make a very long story short the publicity for this event far outstripped the resources available (namely two old men), and we ended up playing 25 Virginia…

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Teed-style banjo for sale

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 3:34pm 0 Comments

In case anyone is interested in purchasing a beautiful period instrument or just wants a little eye candy, there is a really gorgeous Teed-style banjo with wood inlay marquetry and flush wooden fret markers on the Elderly Instrument site.  They want a little less than $2000.00.  That doesn't seem to be an outrageous price.  It is dated as circa 1870.

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 3:10pm on September 6, 2010, Greg Adams said…
Nice photo Rob! Great to meet you at AEBGIII!!!
At 3:18pm on March 16, 2011, Mark Hobson said…
Thanks Rob.  Good to reconnect.  About to start learning banjo......  still crazy after all these years!
At 10:31am on March 17, 2011, Mark Hobson said…

Rob, 

Living down in Birmingham AL.... don't have your phone number.  You can send it to me at mark@markhobson.net   It would be good to talk with you!

At 10:41am on April 7, 2011, Bob Flesher said…

Thanks, Rob, for the welcome.  Since you say I got you into this I guess I will have to applogise for all the trials,  troubles and hardships you are enduring here on this site.  Tim Twiss  sent me an email and said I better get on the stick and join.  So here I am.  I am still a head-ducking country boy in here wondering which button to push to make things work.  Gotta get my profile etc. together and get my self in order. 

 

 What the heck is a "Gift"

 

Bob Flesher

At 1:46pm on January 16, 2013, Marc Pacchioli said…

Rob,  Thanks for the comment and welcome to Minstrel Banjo.  I am a relative beginner to clawhammer banjo, although I've played and sung some old time/bluegrass  off and on for years. Look forward to learning and meeting some banjo players of the minstrel style and giving it a go myself.  Would love to get involved with some Civl War band folks.  I live in Southeast Pennsylvania.

Thanks again.

Marc

At 1:07pm on February 19, 2013, Bruce Reich said…

Rob,

The weather conjecture (from the Hagerstown, MD Almanack) reads

"June...17-21 fair, very warm; 22 - 23 cooler, sever storms; 24 - 30 fair..."

Just looked it up after your comment regarding the weather. Hope to see you there! 

Bruce  

At 1:40pm on February 19, 2013, Rob Morrison said…

Bruce--So, if I've got this right it will be fair with severe storms and very warm and cool.  That's just how it was last year..Hmmm, quite a coincidence.--(It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry, the sun so hot I froze to death, etc.)---Rob

At 8:11am on March 29, 2013, Scott Danneker said…

Thanks Rob,

I shall take your advice with the Clarion.  The only period attire that I have is my old confederate uniform.   If I leave all the all the army type accccessories at home, do you think could I get by with it? 

Thanks again,

-Scott

To Scott Danneker -- I stay at the Clarion Hotel In Shepherdstown, WV.  It's a staight shot about 10 minutes away.  I usually just wear period costume on Saturday when we play for the public.--Rob"

At 8:25am on March 29, 2013, Rob Morrison said…

Scott--Yes--Remember that they wore undyed wool socks.  We don't really have a lot of "stitch counters" at this thing.  It's all about the music and being with other crazy people with a similar interest.--Rob

At 8:32am on March 29, 2013, Tim Twiss said…

Clothes get you "in the mood'...and is great fun, but as Rob sadi...not essential. One other tip is all all the stuff on the strip in Hagerstown. Lots of choices...and pretty close. I did that my first year, but not i am up hidden in the woods with my North Face tent.

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