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Minstrel in the Banjo Era

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Minstrel in the Banjo Era

Time: December 6, 2010 from 11am to 12pm
Location: Boston Museum of Fine Art
City/Town: Boston, MA
Website or Map: http://465 Huntington Avenue…
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Boston Museum of Fine Art
Latest Activity: Dec 7, 2010

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Event Description

Updated Nov 18: This lecture has totally disappeared from the MFA web site, but according to Bob Kilham (who is playing the banjo during the lecture) the event is still on!


I just heard about this - a few months in advance instead of 2 days after for once! Here's the description from the MFA web site:

Noted banjo historian Jim Bollman and Vermont musician Bob Kilham discuss the early history of the banjo in America, from its origins as an instrument created and played by African slaves to its full-blown popularity in minstrel shows prior to the Civil War. Bollman uses instruments from his collection to illustrate the banjo’s evolving design, and three important examples from the MFA’s collection are demonstrated by Kilham.

Lecture-Demonstrations are supported by a generous grant from the MFA Senior Associates.

Free with Museum admission.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on September 3, 2010 at 8:20pm
I'd almost make the drive to hear that fretted Asborn. Ahhh.
Comment by Andy Chase on September 3, 2010 at 8:25pm
I'm definitely planning on attending, but then it's only an hour and a half drive for me. I know it's a weekday, but if anyone else from New England is thinking about going, we should think about trying to have an informal gathering somewhere in Boston that afternoon.
Comment by Greg Adams on September 3, 2010 at 8:29pm
I've played that banjo. It's AMAZING!!!!!
Comment by Trapdoor2 on September 3, 2010 at 8:42pm
Yah. I'd be sittin' in the third row, whimpering softly to myself. Then I'd have to go find a lobster roll...excuse me, "Lobstah Roll"
Comment by Andy Chase on September 3, 2010 at 9:17pm
Ayuh, some wicked good seafood 'round heah.
Comment by Moschella Banjos on September 4, 2010 at 10:18pm
i already had this on the calendar. if anyone wants to meet up prior to or after this, let me know. i can round up the usual suspects.
Comment by razyn on September 5, 2010 at 7:55am
Actual title, though, is "Banjo in the Minstrel Era."
Comment by rick Ceballos on September 22, 2010 at 3:15pm
It's a long way for me to come for just one hour so I would love to get together with other minstrel players afterwards. It would be neat to meet folks from this group. Not too many minstrelites in this neck of the woods
Comment by Andy Chase on September 22, 2010 at 3:19pm
I agree, a meetup would be great. Where are you coming from, Rick?
Comment by rick Ceballos on September 22, 2010 at 4:51pm
I'm coming from north central Vermont,about four hours from Boston

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