Minstrel Banjo

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First Published in 1843. Dandy Jim was done by numerous troupes., but the most famous was the popular "Virginia Minstrels!" Performed here by Tom & Tim of the band Juba.

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Comment by Strumelia on December 17, 2017 at 12:12pm

OMG that was so. fun.  !!   ;-P

Comment by Tom Berghan on December 17, 2017 at 1:08pm

Thank you Miss Strumelia!  That is music to my ears. Thank you so much!  We really just want to entertain people!

And thank you for those funny verses Al!  I never, ever make political comments of any sort and it is a specific agreement between our band members not to . . . but, I do occasionally sing political verses from the 19th century, such as in Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel (really funny!).  People always say something like "Wow!  I guess nothing much is really different from then to now!"  It really helps everyone to calm down, and that is something I can definitely get behind!  Music has the power to reduce the temperature!

Comment by Strumelia on December 17, 2017 at 1:34pm

I hope you pay your buddy Tim twice the salary, since he's clearing the one being overworked.  LOLOL

Comment by Al Smitley on December 17, 2017 at 3:27pm

I deleted the 1848 Campaign verse, not because of what you wrote but by mistake.  I noticed that I types "songs" instead of "sons" and thought the "x" might offer a chance to edit.  I guess "x" deletes, instead.

I'm not going to bother typing it again, however.

Comment by Tom Berghan on December 17, 2017 at 3:50pm

>>I hope you pay your buddy Tim twice the salary, since he's clearing the one being overworked.  LOLOL  Thanks Strumelia!  Yes, Tim is a fantastic find for a minstrel banjo player.  A mutual friend introduced us only recently. Tim is a very advanced drummer and percussionist . . . and, as it turns out he plays pretty decent guitar and bass as well.  My wife said to me just this morning "Tim is a perfect partner for you as he too enjoys playing the complete fool! " :-)

Comment by Al Smitley on December 17, 2017 at 4:07pm

Tom wrote, "And thank you for those funny verses Al!  I never, ever make political comments of any sort and it is a specific agreement between our band members not to . . ."  In spite of my spouting out on Facebook, I would agree not to make CURRENT political comments when playing someplace.  I love verses that illustrate history's past..... with explained context.

Comment by Tom Berghan on December 18, 2017 at 10:44am

I found Al’s comment that he accidentally erased. It’s interesting! I will repost it:

Comment by Al Smitley:  Very nice! Here's a verse from VanBuren's 1848 Free Soil Campaign.....
Come, ye hardy songs of toil, and cast your ballots for Free Soil,
He who'd vote for Zacky Taylor, Needs a keeper or a jailer.
And he who still for Cass can be, He is a Cass without the 'C',
The man on whom we love to look, is Martin Van of Kinderhook.

Comment by Al Smitley on December 18, 2017 at 11:35am

Ha!  Thanks, Tom.  The word, "songs" was ultimately the reason it was erased.  It should've been "sons". 

I was trying to edit it but deleted it, instead.

Comment by Tom Berghan on December 18, 2017 at 11:50am

Hi Al, LOL! Regardless ... you have caused me to want to study more about the politics of that period. Very complex and convoluted! It seems theere were lots of antislavery groups but none could agree! And, it also provides good examples of why too many political parties can result in chaos! I have no idea how many “too many” is, but it seems they found out! People maybe think we’ve never been so divided, but HAH! We got nothing on those folks! Been there done that got a tee-shirt. Sure glad I play banjo!

Comment by Al Smitley on December 18, 2017 at 6:09pm

Tom, I left you a message.

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