Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

August 2011 Blog Posts (3)

Forgive me, for I have sinned.

I have come back to the fold. Check out the tune on the new axe...

Added by Tim Twiss on August 28, 2011 at 7:49pm — 2 Comments

New Book of American Fiddle Tunes

Has anyone got this impressive looking tome yet?

The "Milliner Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes" here's a link to the book at Elderley. http://elderly.com/books/items/158-72.htm

Looks like a lot of good playing could be had out of it. I was a big fan of Walt Koken's when he was in the Highwoods Stringband (one of the great hippie stringbands of the 1970s). I'm dying to see what sort of crossovers there might be…


Added by Ian Bell on August 18, 2011 at 8:38am — 3 Comments

Black Minstrel Sleuths, Inc.


August 3, 2011


Firstly, thank you Bob for welcoming me into this forum. I am not yet a strong banjo player, though I think I have aptitude for this instrument. Time will tell. I've been learning mostly the string band and solo old time styles of banjo common among "Old Time" players. It has been, without a doubt, the most exciting musical experience for me in quite a long time. That I've gone almost 20 years without knowing much about the banjo or it's history is a…


Added by Guy de Chalus on August 4, 2011 at 12:15am — 2 Comments


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