Minstrel Banjo

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Gigs and Presentations

I did a local Historical Society gig this week. I started with a Civil War tune and went backwards....the tunes went in groups. First a Fos…

Started by Tim Twiss

4 Nov 22, 2008
Reply by Tim Twiss

Online Resources for Minstrel and other early banjo

Just to get this started... No particular order--just some that I find useful and interesting: Tim Twiss' Banjo Clubhouse: http://www.mil

Started by Jim Dalton

1 Nov 17, 2008
Reply by Dan'l

Role of chords in early banjo music

Here is a total newbie question from a guy who is still building his first minstrel banjo and has only had a four string Vega plectrum banj…

Started by Brian Welch

10 Nov 16, 2008
Reply by Jim Dalton

The Banjo In 19thC Edinburgh - Sweeny, Briggs and Christy's Minstrels

I'm sorry the images are not as clear as they could be, but I'm sure you will find it interesting. See PDF attachment below: Rob MacKillop

Started by Rob MacKillop

4 Nov 16, 2008
Reply by Trapdoor2

Northern Michigan Trip

I thought I would share some of the experience I had in the fabulous Porcupine Mountains of Northern Michigan in October. I went there and…

Started by Tim Twiss

4 Nov 15, 2008
Reply by Tim Twiss

Sheet Music sites

Here are some of my favorite sheetmusic sites. Tim has some nice instructors on the Banjo Clubhouse. http://www.milfordmusic.com/Banjo%20A

Started by John Masciale

3 Nov 15, 2008
Reply by John Masciale

Review of Juba, Pell and Briggs in Edinburgh, 1849

Hi Folks, I just came across this review while searching through 19th-century Scottish newspapers. I've attached it as a jpeg - if it does…

Started by Rob MacKillop

3 Nov 14, 2008
Reply by Tim Twiss

Cottage by the Sea

Bob Carlin in his book The Birth of the Banjo states that Sam Sweeny played among other songs "Cottage by the Sea". I've included a transcr…

Started by John Masciale

3 Nov 14, 2008
Reply by John Masciale


Hello All! Does anyone know where I could find the Briggs curriculum to download online?

Started by Al

7 Nov 12, 2008
Reply by Dan'l

Second time around

OK, let's try this a second time around.

Started by John Masciale

10 Nov 8, 2008
Reply by Paul Certo



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