For enthusiasts of early banjo
The banjo part is from Elias Howe's Banjo Preceptor (1848). The lyrics are as sung by the Ethiopian Serenaders, Wm. Hall and Son, New York, 1848.
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Thought it would be worthwhile experiment to try a Preceptor piece as a song and with accompaniment, as it might have been done on stage. The banjo part is 99% as it is found in the Preceptor. Sorry the sound quality is not very good!
Mark--Lovely tune and Gee I wish I could sing. Also I thought the sound quality was just fine.
Mark, this is excellent!
Really nice, Mark! Put me down for a CD!
Ditto on Paul's remark. Bring them to Antietam!
Thanks folks. Also, I've just went back through my copy of Mahar (p.47) and found a listing for guitar accompaniment on the minstrel stage at least as early as 1849, when one N. Kneass appears with the New Orleans Serenaders. So I don't think my choice of guitar accompaniment is anachronistic in any way.
I have always liked this melody, there is another tune to it Life on the Vicksburg Bluff. where can I get a preceptor book?
Here is a link to it online:
Thanks once again Mark.
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