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Charles Edward Lee
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  • Denham Springs, LA
  • United States
  • Not long enough.
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Busking and Play-for-Pay - Our Experience; What about yours?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Edward Lee Apr 7, 2015. 5 Replies

I'm part of a trio, and we do mid-19th century music at events and historic sites in Louisiana, east Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. We charge for our services; and we do not…Continue

Tags: New, gourd, Orleans, mid-19th, century

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Search engine, looking for minstrel banjo photos
How long have you played banjo?
Not long enough.
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Unnamed - two gourd banjos of indeterminate style which I made; two Sweeney style and one described to me as a "Dandy Jim sheet music-style." I added a Bell & SOns custom Boucher banjo to the group, and it is far and away my favorite banjo.

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Period Authenticity and Being Heard

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:59pm 1 Comment


I perform in a trio that plays music ranging primarily from 1800 to 1864 - some earlier, none later. Our instrumentation is minstrel banjo, romance guitar, and violin. We perform in a number of different locations throughout the course of a year, many of which are outdoors, and many of which involve large numbers of people.

Performing outdoors is bad enough - we perform mainly in the very flat land of Louisiana and Arkansas and Mississippi, so there is rarely…


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At 7:09pm on February 12, 2011, Clarke Buehling said…

Did I see a discussion on mounting tack-heads?  I suggest using hide glue, as it is

nearly skin in its composition.  I smear it right up to the top of the rim, as any drips can easily be removed with a damp rag at any time afterward.  A secret that Scott Didlake got from a tambourine maker was to use rubber bands to keep the edges in place.  I like the idea of using the cobbler's tool.  I have something like that for stretching artist's canvases, but it's too big. 

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