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Rob Morrison
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • United States
  • 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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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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