Sorry that I've been so scarce lately--not sorry for you but for myself...
I've been pretty busy with teaching, performing and writing as well as research -- which is what caused me to post today. I figure some of you fine folks might be interested in some of the work I've been doing.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26th at 7 PM) I'm presenting an illustrated talk entitled "Gilmore's Road to Salem: The Fiddle Tune, the Irish Bandmaster and the Winter Island Muster."
This will be part tune history -- "Salem Hornpipe" from Ryan's Mammouth Collection (1883) and Cole's Thousand Fiddle Tunes -- and part "regular history" -- the tune commemorated a specific event.
Musically, it will cover quite a range from fiddling through brass band music via one of the most famous musicians of the 19th century, Patrick S. Gilmore -- who, you may recall was not only a band director but also a member of a minstrel organization, Ordway's Aeolians for whom he played the cornet and tambourine.
It will also cover a bit of the history of Salem and Essex County, MA, especially military history (the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia) in the 1850s.
More info is here
Yes, there is banjo content -- I'll be performing a number of pieces on mandolin, minstrel banjo and piano.
Please come if you can.