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John Diamond was all the rage as a dancer on the American stage in the 1840's. The William Hall & Son sheet music published in 1840 states: "As danced by Joh...

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Comment by Paul Draper on November 8, 2013 at 9:14am
Has bits of Congo Prince Jig in it. Nicely played.
Comment by Mark Weems on November 8, 2013 at 11:50am

Good catch Paul! I might have missed that connection.

Comment by Strumelia on November 8, 2013 at 4:41pm

Very nice indeed!

Comment by Paul Certo on November 9, 2013 at 7:22pm

Sounds great!

Comment by Mark Weems on November 9, 2013 at 8:12pm

Thanks Paul, the great importance of this tune is that it was published in 1840 but does not say "arranged for piano forte" or anything like that. I didn't change a single note from the sheet music; no "arranging" for banjo was necessary. Sweeny was playing this tune for Diamond in January 1840 and Billy Whitlock was playing with him in the Spring and Summer. It seems to be pure banjo music from 1840, 15 years before Briggs!

Comment by Brian Kimerer on December 29, 2015 at 8:53pm

Nicely done.

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