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Joe Ayers playing "Gumbo Chaff" on a four string gourd banjo

From Elias Howe's "Complete Preceptor For the Banjo" (1848). For more info about Joe Ayers and his music go to web.me.com/mtcove1/TuckahoeMusic/Home.html

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Comment by Mark Weems on March 1, 2012 at 9:32pm
Went up a few weeks ago to hang out with Joe. It was wonderful to spend a little time with the father of the revival of minstrel banjo! I managed to get some great video of some of what he is working on at the moment and thought others might be interested.
Comment by Carl Anderton on March 2, 2012 at 12:12pm

Awesome.  (I might quibble a little about the "Father" status, thinking that Dr. Bob was perhaps the first one to really investigate this style in the modern age, but no matter.  Joe is a giant in our world.)

Comment by Mark Weems on August 21, 2012 at 7:24pm

Joe playing a Pete Ross gourd banjo with a cord strap.

Comment by rick Ceballos on August 22, 2012 at 7:18am

Wonderful, it sounds like a morris dance tune, very English. Love to see more videos of Joe

Comment by Mark Weems on February 11, 2014 at 4:18pm

Again, Joe Ayer's playing of Gumbo Chaff from the Preceptor. 


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