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Tom Berghan
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • United States
  • Took up banjo in 2009
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Hand me down my walking cane - looking for 19th century source

Started on Tuesday 0 Replies

James A. Bland, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, published 1880. I cannot find any period sheet music. Can you help me? Maybe one of the glee books? Thanks in advance, TomContinue

Ole Virginy Break Down

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan Jan 3. 4 Replies

Click Link:  Ole Virginy Break Down My version of an old war horse.  Very much influenced by…Continue

De Ole Jaw Bone - need the piano sheet music

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan Dec 21, 2017. 21 Replies

Hi Friends,I would like a copy of the piano sheet music for the song "De Ole Jaw Bone."  This is the cover - I need the rest of the pages.  Thanks!  Tom…Continue

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Hand me down my walking cane - looking for 19th century source

James A. Bland, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, published 1880. I cannot find any period sheet music. Can you help me? Maybe one of the glee books? Thanks in advance, TomSee More
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Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion Ole Virginy Break Down
"Agree, and of course many people, if not most on THIS site I think, understand that “plantation music” in the first quarter of the 19th century was directly descended from the Caribbean archipelago, for obvious reasons, and I believe…"
Jan 3
Strumelia replied to Tom Berghan's discussion Ole Virginy Break Down
"I hear that Caribbean flavor in a lot of what Joe Ayers plays... in the past I have attributed that to his gourd banjo.  Gourd banjos have a tone that always puts me in mind of Jamaican steel drums.  But now I see that there is indeed a…"
Jan 3
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion Ole Virginy Break Down
"Thanks Paul!  Its funny because the Caribbean feel was entirely unintentional.  I heard Joe Ayers play this great 16 bar riff between the verses and I "borrowed it."  Then I added another 16 bar riff kind of echoing the…"
Jan 3

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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How long have you played banjo?
Took up banjo in 2009
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
James Hartel "Sweeney," and an unsigned unbranded minstrel style banjo from 1870

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