I have mixed feelings about some of the imagery in the film, but I love this man's style. I apologize if this has already been posted here but for those of you that may have see this before there is some extra footage here.
Those kids are so cute...they remind me of when my daughters were very little and used to dance in a random freestyle way to music. :) I loved when they were all waiting in a row and then suddenly bursting into action...lol
Those cats are pretty awesome too...the spotted one is a real ham.
What's the banjo tuning here? You can sure hear the distinctive spunover rim sound.
Dan'l, I agree with you though sadly I doubt that he got more than a pittance. He does seem to be really entertained by the children in one of the later clips. I don't know anything about this man other than this clip but I bet he could put on a great show.
The shorter boy with the light shirt and suspenders really caught my eye with his dancing. A couple of decades ago, my son James and I had a very similar routine, to the song "Old Jimmy Sutton". Sadly, (fortunately) nobody came around to film it. "Took my gun and I went a huntin' - Bang, went the gun and down went the mutton....Baaa"
Those kids sure look happy to me. Who wouldn't love to trade places with Uncle John and play a few tunes with those kids dancing.
It is a bit like a cartoon isn't it. I've seen shorts that were made for the African American movie houses.Duke Ellington in his tux and spats gives a very different kind of image. But I do think that in spite of the rags and the po' but happy visuals Uncle John manages to pull this performance off with his head dignity in tact.
http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/5697 Here's an earlier version of the same song with Vess Ossman on banjo.