Minstrel Banjo

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Mark Weems's Videos (161)

  • Camp Town Hornpipe

    Camp Town Hornpipe

    John Diamond was all the rage as a dancer on the American stage in the 1840's. The William Hall &am… Mark Weems Nov 8, 2013 138 views

  • Ole Virginny Break Down

    Ole Virginny Break Down

    Another of Sweeny's songs, published by Henry Prentiss, Boston, 1840. In all likelihood, this piece… Mark Weems Oct 29, 2013 164 views

  • Old Joe: "a dulcem melody"

    Old Joe: "a dulcem melody"

    I was playing banjo and decided to get that old dulcimer down from the wall and have a go at it. Ho… Mark Weems Oct 14, 2013 158 views

  • Miss Lucy Long

    Miss Lucy Long

    Old Joe Sweeny's big hit of 1842 and one of the most popular of all Minstrel Stage numbers. Mark Weems Oct 9, 2013 222 views

  • Old Zip Coon

    Old Zip Coon

    Joe Ayers (banjo), Mark Weems (fiddle), James Pentecost (jawbone), Mike Wesley (guitar), and Sule G… Mark Weems Oct 5, 2013 148 views

  • Jenny Get Your Hoecake Done

    Jenny Get Your Hoecake Done

    My arrangement of one of Joel Walker Sweeney's early signature banjo pieces, first published in 184… Mark Weems Sep 2, 2013 156 views

  • George Booker

    George Booker

    From G.P. Knauff's "Virginia Reels". Published in 1839. Mark Weems Jul 29, 2013 168 views

  • James River Reel

    James River Reel

    From "Virginia Reels, A Collection of the Most Admired Reels, Dances. Published by F.D. Benteen, Ba… Mark Weems Jul 14, 2013 156 views

  • The White Joke

    The White Joke

    An 18th Century jig once popular in Colonial Virginia. We are interrupted by two clocks (the second… Tags: colonial, music Mark Weems Feb 11, 2013 651 views

  • The New Negro

    The New Negro

    In our recent investigations of late Colonial - Early American music that works quite naturally on… Mark Weems Dec 9, 2012 400 views


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