Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

An 18th Century jig once popular in Colonial Virginia. We are interrupted by two clocks (the second is a Birge Mallory from 1836). The Banjo is a reproduction of a raised fret James Ashborn from the 1850's built by J.M. Wesley of Roxboro, N.C.

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Comment by Paul Draper on February 11, 2013 at 10:57am
Beautifully played.
Comment by Mark Weems on February 11, 2013 at 12:00pm

Thanks Paul. This instrument really makes it happen!

Comment by Carl Anderton on February 11, 2013 at 5:56pm

Fretted Ashborn!!  That's what banjos sound like in Heaven.

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Comment by James Pentecost on February 11, 2013 at 6:56pm

Carl, Since I had the Ashborn Guitars I just had to have an Ashborn Banjo.  James Ashborn's unique tuners were the real challenge but Mr. Wesley is a master luthier and practitioner of the ancient arts who rose to the challenge. Playing your Ashborn at Gettysburg is what really got all of this started!

Comment by rick Ceballos on February 11, 2013 at 7:12pm

What a great sounding banjo Mark. Great tune as well. Used to play the White Joke years ago for contra dances.

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