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Drifter passing through town

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Rhiannon in my living room!

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How to tie strings to bridge

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2. New CD

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 7:29am 2 Comments

Got through the post this morning The Grape Vine Twist by a certain Mr Twiss...can't stop listening to it. Highly recommended. I got mine from CD Baby, no hassle. This boy can play. The tunes are all worth repeated hearing, and Tim has added some complementary percussion. 5 Stars!

Also got a Fred Kelly Freedom Pick, the large Derlin type. It fits snuggly over the finger and can be utilised in either direction, down stroke or up pick, and sounds better than anything else… Continue

1. New Blog

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 9:53am 4 Comments

I asked John to add a Blog tab alongside Banjo Clubhouse and other things on the banner here. Experience on the Ning Classic Banjo site has shown that they can be quite popular and interesting. You don't have to have anything new or profound to say, although it would be fine if you did...and folk can comment. It's not like the Forum, as it is more personal, but can still be of interest to others.

Curiously, although John just set up the Blog tab today, there are already 5 blog posts… Continue

Comment Wall (13 comments)

At 1:27pm on November 14, 2008, Jim Dalton said…
Hey Rob,

Good to see you back.

At 7:29am on February 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
We haven't seen our Scottish friend in a couple of months!
At 8:05am on August 1, 2009, Dick Glasgow said…
Hello Rob,
Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't actually play my Minstrel Banjo, ............... ............. at least not yet.
I also have an old S.S.Stewart Banjo:

I picked that up on eBay & I have it fitted with NylGut strings.
To tell the truth I haven't gotten round to learning how t play that either .... so many instruments .., so little time!
Anyway, back to the Minstrel Banjo.
I'm actually from Edinburgh myself & I bought that old Banjo back in the early 70s when I was working in the shop Grants, at North Bridge, just off the Royal Mile, but then your probably too young to remember that!
Anyway, one member of staff was short of a stake one day for the GGs so he sold it to me for £5!
If your interested in seeing it, the next time I'm heading home, I'll be happy to stick it in the car & we could meet up.
You can then perhaps help me set it up properly, then maybe I can start learning to play it.
At 7:07am on August 19, 2009, Lisa Muecke said…
Hello Rob,

No, I actually just started playing clawhammper a few months ago. First instrument I have ever played in my life! And I am not so great at it. Anyway, I was strolling down the internet highway when I stumbled on this website. I loved the sound of the minstel banjo playing I was hearing so I wanted to explore it some to see if it was a direction I wanted to go.

Very kindly,
Lisa M.
At 5:15pm on August 21, 2009, James Upton said…
Not at the moment. I have purchased one from a friend and am very eager to learn.
At 8:05pm on August 21, 2009, James Upton said…
I appreciate that, and I am sure that I will have questions. Thank you for welcoming to the group. I am sure I will enjoy this community!
At 3:48pm on October 26, 2009, stephen gara said…
Hi rob thanks for the welcome
Am really an uilleann piper with a thing about the 5 strings roll in irish music during the 19th century (funky chickin & egg thing). Making a tackhead banjo at the mo so thought this group would be the people for advise should i need any.
Cheers pal & take it easy
At 6:58pm on April 6, 2010, Ian Bell said…
I was just on a tourist excursion to the Classical Banjo site, and had to tell you how much I enjoyed Rose Leaves Take II - Grand piece - beautiful playing!
At 2:06pm on July 26, 2010, Tom Morrison said…

I uploaded pics of the Banjo I'm playing on my profile.

At 12:18pm on August 26, 2010, Ian Bell said…
I knew Scott when I was in College in the early 70s. He had come to Canada (as a draft dodger, I believe) and was teaching film studies in Toronto. When I got my old Peerless banjo about that same time he told me I should put nylon strings on it - and I did. They were hard to get in those days. I regret - especially now - that I never managed to see the William Miles banjo quartette. I was involved with my own ancient musical guru at the time, a wonderful old fiddle player who eventually lived to be 100. The article does a good job conveying Scott's wonderful mystic relationship with the banjo and with music in general. I never had any contact after he moved back to the States and didn't even know that he'd died until I stumbled on this essay.

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