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Mark Weems playing a couple of early tunes on my new Ashborn.

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Comment by Paul Draper on August 5, 2014 at 8:17pm
Beautiful!
Comment by Strumelia on August 5, 2014 at 8:38pm

Sweeet tunes, and a great sound you have going, Mark!

Comment by Rob Morrison on August 5, 2014 at 9:56pm

I love the tunes and the sound of the banjo.  Pardon my ignorance, but are they Irish?

Comment by Ian Bell on August 6, 2014 at 7:03am
Boy, does that ever ring nicely! Good tunes too. Who made the banjo?
Comment by James Pentecost on August 6, 2014 at 7:15pm

The first tune is titled " The White Joke" or "Joak" published in England by John Walsh in 1731. Mark and I found it in a, 1790 dated, private collection of tunes from Buckingham County, Virginia. The second tune is from the 18th century Perkins Manuscript.

The banjo is another reproduction of a James Ashborn fretted banjo made by Mike Wesley of Roxboro, North Carolina. 

Comment by Tom Meisenheimer on August 17, 2014 at 4:12pm

Wow! Great left hand and very sweet tunes. The white "joak"? and the other tune?

Comment by Mark Weems on August 17, 2014 at 10:44pm

It's called "The New Negro" and was published in 1790.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on August 18, 2014 at 8:24pm

Nice Mark... Love the Banjo...can't go wrong with that one.

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