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…Continue
Hey John, want to do this again? So many to pick from...especially with the Glee Book available. It does not have to be a vocal tune. I know Clarke has done "Clare De Kitchen" a lot...this is a good candidate, and another one of those very early ones. The lyrics are classic. It would also make a really good Stroke instrumental.
Great news! I am but a few weeks from finishing my Sweeney replica banjo! This is my first attempt at a Minstrel Banjo build and it is going great so far. I have some locally harvested Black Walnut that I am using and love the look. Still trying to figure out how to join the ends of my tension hoop. Hardware has been ordered from Pickard Banjos. A few more hand rubbed coats of finish on the pot and I will be ready for the head to be installed. I am convinced that I am forgetting something…Continue
Okay, hang in there with me. I am trying one from each of the different sections in the Lawrence Leadley fiddle collection. As was indicated by our early masters, adapting fiddle repertoire is fair game for adding banjo material-so stay on the lookout. The well is deep.
Just stumbled upon this - a real gas from the past! (1961)
Added by Mark Weems on December 1, 2011 at 2:43pm — No Comments
I just added an appendix from the William Mahar Book "Behind the Burnt Cork Mask" showing the frequency of appearance in early minstrel songsters. It is especially interesting with the availability of the Christy Glee Book.
Happy Holidays everybody.
Nice logo John.
Added by Tim Twiss on November 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments
This Saturday and Sunday I am finally participating in my first reenactment. Here in what is supposed to be the biggest Civil War reenactment on the West Coast, well I will have to take them at their word at it, it's my first. I was driven to this because of wanting to play this style of music. I have a Tackhead from Eric Prust, and have a few songs memorized. I'm also bringing my fiddle. We have rain in the forecast so I bet keeping my banjo in tune will be a challenge.
Should i go…Continue
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Hey Terry...got your call. Call that number again when you are really close...I'll be watching the door...its after hours and will be locked.
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I had an amazing dream last night. A musical, banjo dream. And instead of it slipping into the ether when I woke up, I remembered some of it. It went like this:
I was at a Civil War event of some kind. I met George Wunderlich, who had some music he wanted me to listen to. He took me to a tent, where he had a sort of reel-to-reel machine. He said the music was of an early stroke-style black banjo player, who had recorded just before he died in the 1890's. I kept looking…Continue
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