Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

September 2010 Blog Posts (6)

Whatcha Think about my Idea ?

I have become intrested in becoming sort of an early banjo re enactor at large. I'd like to get some perriod clothing and go around school assemblies and other venues and play some music and give talks about it.

This idea hatched because a Lady at church has asked me to come play and speak to her Genealogy Club.

I'll be taking several instruments that I play , and decided to make the banjo a part of the presentation.


Added by Ronald David Hanes on September 20, 2010 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

Dan Emmett Festival !!??

Just stumbled onto the website of the 2009 Dan Emmett Festival - The headliner that year was the well-known minstrel act "Sha Na Na"! (Younger members may have to Google that name) I guess they are a "period music" group at that.

Added by Ian Bell on September 18, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Genuine Negro Jig TAB...

Ok, here it is. Taken from the Hans Nathan book.

Genuine Negro Jig.pdf

Added by Trapdoor2 on September 14, 2010 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Update on my progress

I'm going to keep a sort of running dialog going on here. I just want to provide some feedback as I try various helps which have been so generously provided to me here. I'm sort of the newbie spokesperson I guess.

I'm currently working on learning the 5 moves. so far I have been able to learn and practice the half strike , the strike , the strike and a half and the double strike. I'm helped quite a bit by the Harpers Ferry videos. The strike and a half with slurred notes is…

Added by Ronald David Hanes on September 9, 2010 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

Thanks to all your help

The light has come on and It's all starting to make a bit of sense. I'm sippin coffee an carefully reading the material you have provided. I don't feel so lost now


Added by Ronald David Hanes on September 8, 2010 at 9:41am — 4 Comments

The Converse gravesite.

As most of you know, Joel Hooks and I made a pilgrimage to the Frank Converse gravesite in Elmira, Ny last Thursday. He is buried in his in-laws plot, the Maxwell family. His wife Harriet's father was Thomas Maxwell, a Vice-President of the Erie railroad. He died in 1864 and left Harriet (and Frank) a considerable sum. Also, she had "pile of dough" from her first, short marriage.

So why is Frank's headstone so small and cheap? A clue might be found in the preface to…

Added by Carl Anderton on September 3, 2010 at 5:55pm — 5 Comments


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