Minstrel Banjo

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Paul Draper posted a video

Buckley’s Green Corn Jig

From Buckley, 1860.
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Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Saturday
Paul Draper posted a video

Japanese Grand March

From Buckley, 1860. Played with varying degrees of success.
Saturday
Trapdoor2 liked Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
Friday
Timothy Twiss liked Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
Jul 6
Al Smitley liked Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
Jul 4
Andy Chase replied to Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
"Thanks, Paul! Bandcamp has an option to copy an embed code for a given track or album, which I was then able to paste into my post here using the 'Media' button. Ning ignores size instructions, but other than that it seems like it works…"
Jul 4
Paul Draper replied to Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
"Well done!  I like this a lot! (How did you load the audio player?)"
Jul 4
Paul Draper liked Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
Jul 4
Andy Chase posted a discussion

Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March

...played on a fretted, concert pitch banjo with suitably dirge-like drums and Mellotron strings. Funeral March by Capharnaum County Magicians Society Also, do let me know if modern takes are unwanted here; I've been experimenting under the name 'Capharnaum County Magicians Society' partly out of necessity (I don't have a local regular banjo/bones/fiddle/tambo ensemble) and partly because that ground has already been pretty well…See More
Jul 3
Andy Chase posted a discussion

Sam Lucas Documentary

This is a nice half-hour piece on Sam Lucas, a black entertainer who got his start in minstrelsy, and lived into the silent film era, playing the title role in a 1914 film production of Uncle Tom's Cabin.  It aired as part of KRCW's "American Music" series back in February, and I was happy to lend my recording of Buckley's 'Boston Jig' as background music for the production. There are also some very nicely performed samples of Lucas' music throughout, it's well worth a watch:…See More
Jul 1
Samurai banjo posted a video

6/27 sat Yokohama Banjo Fest. 2020 Remote 投げ銭 LIVE from THUMBS UP

6/27 sat Yokohama Banjo Fest. 2020 Remote 投げ銭 LIVE from THUMBS UP 【配信時間】 19:00〜20:30 【出演者】 ・青木 研 (4string Banjo) ・有田 純弘 (5string Banjo)with 山田 拓斗 (Fiddle) ・き...
Jun 30
Chris Prieto liked Paul Draper's video
Jun 29
Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Apologies...
"You can still raise your grade for the semester by posting before tomorrow."
Jun 29
Al Smitley replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Apologies...
"Rob, I'd say posting, in general, has been sparse, recently."
Jun 28
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

Apologies...

For whatever reason, I feel the need to make an apology for my lack of posting/activity lately. I kind of plateaued and returned to the fundamentals of Briggs, Converse, and the occasional Buckley (for me, Buckley can be a very perishable skill). Unfortunately, I'm not overly enamored with any of the tunes especially, so I haven't recorded anything lately...Anyways, I'm still here!! LolSee More
Jun 28
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Jun 28
Samurai banjo posted an event

Yokohama Banjo Festival 2020] Now live streaming!! at The THUMBS UP Youtube channel is also available for free distribution and viewing.

June 28, 2020 at 6pm to July 4, 2020 at 7pm
[Yokohama Banjo Festival2020]Now live streaming!!In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we decided to have a live show with no audience at this year's Yokohama Banjo Festival.We think that this is an opportunity to introduce the wonderful Banjo players of Japan to people all over the world, and we would like to take this opportunity to show off to the many people.Yokohama Banjo Festival 2020[streaming time] Now!!Saturday, June 27 19:00 ~ (Available until 23:00 on July…See More
Jun 27
Al Smitley liked Paul Draper's video
Jun 27
Paul Draper posted a video

The Cure.

A simple little tune from Buckley, 1868
Jun 27

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Sam Lucas Documentary

Started by Andy Chase in Uncategorized Jul 1. 0 Replies

Apologies...

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Jun 29. 2 Replies

Horsehair or Hemp strings

Started by Michael Cypret in Uncategorized. Last reply by Brice Alms Jun 4. 4 Replies

To what tune could this be sung?

Started by Matthew Menice in Uncategorized. Last reply by Al Smitley May 14. 7 Replies

 
 
 

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