Minstrel Banjo

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Quality Review

This is a fortunate time to be involved with this type of music, and I am speaking of the makers of the instruments we play. Although there…

Started by Tim Twiss

11 Dec 11, 2008
Reply by Trapdoor2


Hey Guys! I'm trying to find the lyrics to Old Dan Tucker and all I can seem to find on the internet are the most modern versions. Does an…

Started by Al

8 Dec 8, 2008
Reply by Brian Welch


This is "Bull upon the Battery" Jig composed by Z. Bacchus and is in the Manuscript Collection of Dan Emmett. The music is taken from the H…

Started by Tim Twiss

10 Dec 3, 2008
Reply by John Masciale

Confederates w/ Banjos

What would be the circumstances that a Confederate private would have a banjo in camp? What do you would believe would be some of his favor…

Started by Zeke D

2 Nov 26, 2008
Reply by Zeke D

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
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