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  • ~60 years
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Songs of our Native Daughters

Started this discussion. Last reply by Byron Ed Jun 15, 2021. 6 Replies

One of our members on a magazine cover

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Katz Aug 19, 2015. 1 Reply

Congrats to last year's speaker at Balto part of AEBG

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Mar 12, 2015. 1 Reply

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Byron Ed replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"I've got it. I ordered online from Great Britain. This is in fact a nice CD. (I'm sure downloading the file itself or streaming it is just as good, but at my age I just like to have the thing on my shelf.  Will my next car even have a…"
Jun 15, 2021
razyn replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"I do now, but didn't when I originally posted.  A Facebook friend had linked it on International Women's Day (of 2021), I searched here and didn't see it referenced, so I passed it along."
Apr 14, 2021
Judith replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"You folks do know that this is an available cd, right?"
Apr 14, 2021
Strumelia replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"Hi Razyn, good to 'see' you as well.   :)"
Mar 14, 2021
razyn replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"Well, jeez Louise, I didn't realize it was a 2019 project!  Thought it was new, because a friend had posted it for International Women's Day.  And that's fine -- but, more like the one two years ago.  Oh well, it…"
Mar 13, 2021
Strumelia replied to razyn's discussion Songs of our Native Daughters
"Here's another interview about it with Rhiannon: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/24/rhiannon-giddens-songs-of-our-native-daughters-interview Yes, very powerful and moving. I'm so glad to see this happening... being made to…"
Mar 13, 2021
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Songs of our Native Daughters

Just became aware of what I believe is a new project by Smithsonian Folkways.  If Greg or somebody has already posted it, I didn't search the right way.  Anyhow here is the link, lots of coverage of Rhiannon Giddens and photos of her with her James Hartel banjo.  The very moving sound sample (video) that I watched features her, but not the banjo.…See More
Mar 8, 2021
razyn might attend John Masciale's event

An Early Banjo Gathering at Renfrew Museum and Park

June 26, 2020 at 7pm to June 28, 2020 at 1pm
We are hosting an Early American Banjo gathering. The committee for this event are John and Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitley, and Andy Chase. At the end of the last gathering there was a lot of interest in continuing with the gathering, but we needed a new venue.  After a lot of searching we are pleased to announce that Renfrew Museum is willing to host us.Our goals are:!. To educate about and create an appreciation for the early American banjo, its musical repertoire, and its role in…See More
Feb 11, 2020

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Was on the Tom Briggs list, before
How long have you played banjo?
~60 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
SS Stewart w/ Homer Ledford upgrade, Flesher 13" kit, 5 no-names

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At 7:24am on December 2, 2008, John Masciale said…
Hi Razyn,

good to see you here!
At 10:23pm on December 12, 2008, John Masciale said…
Hi Dick, I wish I'd have known you were up here. Naperville is a short drive from here.

On my page, under my name and address is a link to change my picture or to change my my theme. You should be able to update your picture there.
At 3:10am on December 13, 2008, John Masciale said…
Do you see a box on the top right hand side of the screen with your name in it on your page? What happens when you click the settings button? There is a way in settings to upload a picture there.
At 3:16am on December 13, 2008, John Masciale said…
Try connecting to this link:
At 2:22pm on December 19, 2008, Carl Anderton said…
I guess the stand vs. sit issue does not apply to that instrument you're playing.
At 5:33pm on December 19, 2008, Tim Twiss said…
Hi. Yes, I remember you. Nice to see you here. Hope you are well! All the familiar faces are showing gathering at the new site.
At 1:29pm on December 20, 2008, Greg Adams said…
Hey Dick, Welcome to the Ning website. It's pleasingly interactive! Hope you are well!
At 4:49pm on March 30, 2009, Troy Nordman said…
I've loved curly maple since I worked for an artist back in high school. He made intricate wooden inlay designs in boxes. I love it, but it's a pain to turn and, in my case, use hand tools on.

I've got an order in to Amazon for Ring the Banjar. For a newbie I understand the learning curve is great. I hadn't even figured that on the shields.
At 6:16pm on March 31, 2009, David Swarens said…
After a few machine mis steps, I have gotten a copy (of the Gumbo Chaff book)to Mr. Tim Twiss, who has cleaned it up a bit, and should have it available to share.
An application to him should get you a better copy than the one I could supply.
Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but getting it sent (to Tim) distracted me, I'm afraid!

David Swarens.
At 9:55am on May 25, 2010, Grace Morsberger said…
Hi Dick,

Yes, I'll be happy to try and post a larger version of the photo on the Harpers Ferry thread. Colin was the young boy and Cynthia Connolly was the woman from Arlington. Other than that, I don't know most people's last names, either, but I believe Melinda was going to send out a list with everyone's contact info.

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