Minstrel Banjo

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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

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What a delightful set of clippings. It is interesting to read the response of reviewers unfamiliar with the banjo. Thank you so much for posting this!
Thanks, John. I found it interesting that Christy's Minstrels were playing for at least 12 nights. They must have been hugely poular. It seems that Sweeny was the trailblazer.
"More powerful and more melodious" than the guitar....I love it
Very cool, Rob.

Interesting to see Mr. Mackney show up. A lady from Oz sent me copies of his tutor a while back. I can't recall when it was published, I'll have to dig around and see if I can find it.

Thank you for posting this stuff!


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