No, not yet. It's something we were discussing last week. We have to figure out how to produce one (a good sounding one!) - and I have major insecurities about being good enough to be recorded....but that's my own thing, right? So you vote we should, huh?
Thanks for the welcome. I've been doing historic reenactments of 1830-1860 time period in the Pacific NW for a few years and wanted to add more music to my presentations. Got a fretless gourd banjo built by a friend and am having a great time with it. Still very much a novice, so I am always looking for new tips and ideas. I am glad ou have this site.
I am interested in the historical development of minstrel songs. I am a member of MBSGB (musical box society of Great Britain). I have a box pinned in 1841 with the tune sich a'gettin upstairs. Said to be an English Morris tune, but believed by many to have been brought here in 1836 by Thomas D Rice. He also played and sang it when performing as Julius Caesar Washington Hickory Dick in a show called 'Yankee Notes for English Circulation at the Surrey Theatre London in 1843.
Border Morris teams dance it as Getting Upstairs and interestingly border morris sides usually black up for their dances. Check out Benji Kirkpatrick on Utube playing getting upstairs for a great and accurate performance (according to the 1841 arrangement on my musical box) . I do not play banjo but I'm interested in tunes that were so popular so many years ago. My box sounds today exactly as it did when new in 1841 or 1842. that's why I wanted to join your group!
Terry: Thanks for the welcome. Not sure if you ever got the pictures of me with the 6-string. If not, when I get around to posting a picture for this forum I'll use one of those. I had it with me at the Antietam gathering over the weekend, where it attracted a lot of comment. Peter Szabo (did I spell that right?), who has the original, was there and pronounced it very authentic.