Minstrel Banjo

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October 2010 Blog Posts (3)

Grapevine Twist - Cripple Creek

For your consideration:

Is Cripple Creek a distant descendent of Grapevine Twist?

I was playing the GT and CC kept popping into my head.

It's a stretch.

Added by Ian Bell on October 14, 2010 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

Yet another Grape Vine Twist

A forgotten B-Side by Chubby Checker.

Added by Ian Bell on October 5, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Pompey Ran Away

I went to a house concert last night where I heard a mesmerizing "Pompey Ran Away" played on an old Dobson banjo. (Not an everyday occurrance around here!) Came home and checked out Tim's video version, and am trying to get it into my head and fingers. I understand this is one of the first documented "Negroe Jigs". Can anyone fill me in on the provenance of this tune? Thanks.

Added by Ian Bell on October 4, 2010 at 10:49am — 6 Comments


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