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Mark Weems
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  • Durham, NC
  • United States
  • 24 years
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Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Danneker Mar 1, 2017. 1 Reply

Dates are set for September 8-10th for this year at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.  Mark your calenders! Details from David Wooldridge to follow soon.Continue

Early Banjo Traditions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Ely Smith Dec 12, 2016. 3 Replies

http://www.earlybanjotraditions.com/A great place to find Early Banjo Cd's, Books, or Lessons!Continue

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"Jim Brown" on a Bay State Banjo

"HI Al, I'm putting up videos of all the Knauff tunes on my youtube page. https://www.youtube.com/user/markweems1 Cd's are passe - no one buys music anymore!"
May 27
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Jim Brown" on a Bay State Banjo

"I probably asked this before...... Any plans to put together a CD of the Knauff Collection as you did with Sweeny? Oops! I thought "Jim Brown" was from that collection but... the question still stands."
May 27
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Jim Brown" on a Bay State Banjo

"I probably asked this before...... Any plans to put together a CD of the Knauff Collection as you did with Sweeny?"
May 27
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"Jim Brown" on a Bay State Banjo

First printed in 1837 as a quadrille, this version comes from Elias Howe's Complete Preceptor for the Banjo (1848).
May 27
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"What the heck.  I purchased it, anyway.  Will be interested in the research you've done."
Jan 26
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"Anymore?  Sorry to read that.  I would purchase your book but I've got all the music and don't use banjo TAB."
Jan 26
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"Sadly, probably not. Not enough interest in such things anymore to make it worthwhile."
Jan 26
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P. Knauff's "Flying Indian"

"I enjoy your CD of Joe Sweeny music.  Are you considering one of the Knauff Collection?"
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"yes."
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Mark Weems left a comment for Al Smitley
"Hi Al, Jeff Menzies, Pete Ross, or Chris Prieto would be great places to start. Cheers!"
Jan 25
Al Smitley left a comment for Mark Weems
"Mark, might you offer suggestions as to where to go to get a pre-Sweeny 4-stringer such as the one you play?"
Jan 25
D. Wooldridge commented on Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence
"THANKS to EVERYBODY who made it out to this event and made it so special.  We can look forward to doing it again next year! If you attended this year, please PM me your mailing address so that I can send out items from the event to…"
Sep 21, 2019

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How long have you played banjo?
24 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Pete Ross 4 string Mande Banza, James Ashborn Fretted Repro, Will Fielding Rooster

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G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 3:09pm 10 Comments

O.K. finally out after 7 years! 30 tunes published in 1839 in banjo tab. Wonderful Foreword by Thistle & Shamrock's Fiona Ritchie! Tab has both minstrel period tuning and modern pitch tunings for clawhammer players. Get yours right here: https://www.earlybanjotraditions.com/books

I also have a few new copies of Brigg's Book that I found recently. Once they are gone that's it!…

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"Joe Sweeney" by Karl Denver

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

Just stumbled upon this - a real gas from the past! (1961)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlW1QhHFH1A&feature=related

Rob Morrison in Chapel Hill, Mark Weems in Durham

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 10:16am 11 Comments

Rob, two players within 15 miles and we don't know each other? please get in touch!

Comment Wall (11 comments)

At 9:28pm on April 27, 2011, Tim Twiss said…
Hi Mark. Welcome to the site. I think I saw you played Harpers Jig on youtube?? 
At 10:54am on May 13, 2011, Carl Anderton said…
At 3:03pm on July 13, 2011, Rob Morrison said…

Mark--

Even though I've been on this website for almost a year, I'm still trying to figure out how it works.  I just noticed your request. Looking forward to seeing Mr. Ayers.

At 12:21pm on February 26, 2013, Tim Twiss said…

Mark...want to do another vocal group number this year?

At 9:25pm on February 26, 2013, Mark Weems said…

Okay Tim, but I want to do something on my gourd as well.

At 3:26pm on February 27, 2013, Tim Twiss said…

Great. But if you would clarify your comment about the gourd...I don't see the connection...or conflict, if any.

At 11:17am on June 26, 2013, razyn said…

Following up our brief conversation at AEBGVI -- if we need to discuss further any of the actual southern stuff (as distinguished from its imitation by Yankees for comic effect), I'm here.  And the guy I was trying to recall with a New Orleans mulatto background was Picayune Butler.  There are probably archived arguments about him here somewhere, between (mainly) me and Carl Anderton.  We do that from time to time, keeps us young at heart.

At 9:56pm on September 6, 2013, Wayne Bartlett said…

No kidding!  We're transplants--I retired out of the AF at Maxwell, then my wife got a job teaching at U of Montevallo.  She's not there anymore, though.  I think you mean Mr. Tedrow's place, you bet--he's still driving that 1933 Ford too. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bob-Tedrows-Homewood-MusicTedrow-Concertinas/78954626217

At 9:45am on September 4, 2014, Kevin Gosner said…

Mark, What a nice to surprise to get a note from you!  I am still working on those songs from Swannanoa, enjoying your book and also finding so much good stuff from you and others on YouTube. Best to both you and Julee.

At 4:22am on October 31, 2014, Christine Bell said…

I am having trouble purchasing a copy of your book The Music of Old Joe Sweeny: Father of the Five-String Banjo & American Popular Music any suggestions please?

Thanks.

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