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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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Tom Taggart commented on Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence
"Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this year. Too much going on that weekend and I had to make some hard choices. Sure would have liked to heard Dom Flemons, hopefully he will be able to come back again sometime."
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Scott Danneker commented on Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence
"Last year I had a funeral to attend, this year a wedding.  What is it with me and the first week in September?  Sorry to miss you at Appomattox 2019, have a great time! -Scott"
Aug 11
D. Wooldridge commented on Mark Weems's event Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence
"Come Join Us for this year's celebration of the banjo!"
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Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence at Appomattox Courthouse, Va

September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019
Jul 10
Chris Prieto commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"Been enjoying playing some of these the last few days. Was pleasantly surprised when I saw it for sale :)"
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Paul Draper commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"Yes, planning on it"
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Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"Thanks Paul. Love to hear you play some of this stuff! I plan on putting up videos for all the songs as soon as I get back from the Swannanaoa Gathering. Coming to Sweeney Convergence?"
Jul 2
Paul Draper commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"Just ordered mine. Thanks Mark!"
Jul 2
John Masciale commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"The manuscripts were written for piano, and some of them simply do not translate well to the banjo.  The use of the bass is pretty extraordinary. I am definitely interested in seeing what you have done with them!"
Jul 1
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"Thanks, Mark.  I'll compare that to what I have."
Jun 29
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"35. I've tabbed out 27 of them. And also added three other virginia reels from a competitor! So I have 30 in the book."
Jun 28
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's blog post G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!
"The Knauff Collection is confusing to me.  I've copied several in small series' but was never sure if I had the whole thing.  Can you tell me how many tunes are in the complete series?  Are they all included in your…"
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24 years
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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 (10 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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