Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Although this song comes from the Buckley Banjo Book of 1860, like many other tunes of this time, its source material is from elsewhere. The song is found as "Kiley's Reel" in Ryan's Mammouth Collection. It is here that we can see the close relationship between 19th Century fiddle tunes and Minstrel Banjo. It was played on a Wunder Boucher, and was a relaxing way to end a nice Christmas Day.

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Comment by Carl Anderton on December 26, 2008 at 7:39am
Love it. Great tune, the B part has that fascinatin' rhythm. Boucher sound great, intonation is perfect up the neck.
Comment by Steven Hedgpeth on March 11, 2009 at 11:09am
This piece sounds so Caribbean to me. There's something akin to rumba clave going on in it on the banjo. Is "Kiley's Reel" of the same rhythm? And you're playing it in standard minstrel tuning (I think), not the high bass tuning that I worked it out in from a MySpace website. Amazing!


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