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AEBG Registration

I was talking to Mark Weems today and we both wondered whether we  had possibly missed some announcement about registration for AEBG.  I know when the dates are, but by this time of the year in the past, I had already registered.  Anyone have info on this?

Added by Rob Morrison on April 25, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

LECTURE/CONCERT/EXHIBITION UNC CHAPEL HILL

ALL CONCERNED--

i JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS UPCOMING EVENT AT THE WILSON LIBRARY AND MEMORIAL HALL ON THE UNC CAMPUS.  THE FIRST PART IS A SEIES OF LECTURES ON THE HISTORY OF THE BANJO BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS WITH AN ACCOMPANYING EXHIBIT IN THE LIBRARY.. THEN THERE IS A A CONCERT WITH TONY TRISHKA, RILEY BAUGUS, KIRK SUTPHIN AND DOM FLEMONS SATURDAY NIGHT.  YOU HAVE TO GET FREE TICKETS FROM THE MEMORIAL HALL BOX OFFICE FOR THE CONCERT.   I KNOW MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIVE HERE LIKE I DO, BUT…

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Added by Rob Morrison on August 20, 2012 at 11:20am — 4 Comments

Reel Crazy Time

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…

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Added by Rob Morrison on December 12, 2011 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

Teed-style banjo for sale

In case anyone is interested in purchasing a beautiful period instrument or just wants a little eye candy, there is a really gorgeous Teed-style banjo with wood inlay marquetry and flush wooden fret markers on the Elderly Instrument site.  They want a little less than $2000.00.  That doesn't seem to be an outrageous price.  It is dated as circa 1870.

Added by Rob Morrison on September 30, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments

WHY WE DO THIS

WHY WE DO THIS

 

Today my fiddling friend Norm Boggs and I did our usual monthly living history summer presentation at The Duke Homestead Historic site in Durham North Carolina.  It was a perfect day, the sun was shining, it wasn't too hot, there was a nice breeze, we were in the shade, there were lots of visitors, all was well with the world.  We were situated in the front yard of the homestead which is on a hill which overlooks acres of woods, pasture, and a tobacco plot. …

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Added by Rob Morrison on September 10, 2011 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Special Place of Honor

Today, at the Duke Homestead Historic Site in Durham, NC, to my surprise and delight, I walked past a beautifully framed photo of myself playing the banjo in nineteenth century costume, hung in a special place of honor...in the men's bathroom.... Rob Morrison

Added by Rob Morrison on June 11, 2011 at 7:02pm — 2 Comments

FYI--   A Boucher-like, probably 1850's double-headed banjo showed up today on the Bernunzio website.  It's already on hold, but it's fun to check out.  I haven't seen many double-sided banjos before…

FYI--

 

A Boucher-like, probably 1850's double-headed banjo showed up today on the Bernunzio website.  It's already on hold, but it's fun to check out.  I haven't seen many double-sided banjos before.  The hardware is very odd and primitive.

Rob

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Added by Rob Morrison on April 6, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Early Banjo Conference

I wanted to thank George and Susan for organizing the early banjo conference this past weekend. I had a swell time and I expect I will attend again next year. I hope this doesn't alter anyone else's plans. Thanks everyone and especially to Nate for his virtuoso bones accompaniment at the concert.

Rob Morrison

Added by Rob Morrison on August 30, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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