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John Masciale
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Banjo Gathering

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Masciale Feb 5, 2020. 3 Replies

Another year

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Sep 4, 2019. 15 Replies

An Early Banjo Gathering

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Chase Jun 27, 2019. 1 Reply

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Jan 24, 2023
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"Congratulations Andy!  Really nice work and great project!"
Aug 8, 2020
Andy Chase commented on John Masciale's page AEBG
"I got my first gourd banjo in early 2010, which led me to poke around for information about stroke style playing, which I was vaguely aware of but never pursued as I'd never had a suitable instrument.This led me to Carl Anderton and Tim…"
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Happy Land of Canaan

A popular song from 1859, known as a banjo piece.
Apr 7, 2020
Trapdoor2 commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"I'm so glad to hear Kristina has put her research into book form! Her and Pete's discoveries and presentations at the Banjo Collector's Gatherings over the past few years have been amazing and exciting. If she has copies there,…"
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"Got this on my calendar now. Obviously everything is TBD for me at the moment, but at least I know about it and have it down. Thanks for organizing."
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An Early Banjo Gathering at Renfrew Museum and Park

June 26, 2020 at 7pm to June 28, 2020 at 1pm
We are hosting an Early American Banjo gathering. The committee for this event are John and Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitley, and Andy Chase. At the end of the last gathering there was a lot of interest in continuing with the gathering, but we needed a new venue.  After a lot of searching we are pleased to announce that Renfrew Museum is willing to host us.Our goals are:!. To educate about and create an appreciation for the early American banjo, its musical repertoire, and its role in…See More
Apr 4, 2020

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Posted on September 28, 2015 at 9:41am 3 Comments

I was at a civil war event this past weekend.  Elaine and I were contracted to do some performances and to do a school day presentation for 600 students.  There was another musician there who was very talented, and could play a number of instruments.  However...

He pulls out an 1890s banjo, and says that it is one.  However he then says that this is the same as the banjos of the civil war era.  He then told the kids he would play in a civil war era style, and proceeded to play in a…



Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

Per our discussion at the conference I've added a page named AEBG where we can do things specifically for the conference.

The Battle for Christmas

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 9:26am 1 Comment

I've been readingThe Battle for Christmas.  Here is an interesting excerpt about Christmas theatre in Philadelphia in 1843


"The matinee performance at the National Theatre opened with a drama, George Barnwell,continued with a blackface show The Original Virginia Minstrels, and ended with another drama, King of the Mist.  The Ach Street Theatre matinee opened with  Hunter of the Alps, continued with a Comic Song,  and concluded with the…


Mail settings in Windows Explorer

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 8:32pm 1 Comment

I've been having problems with getting my list of friends to appear on the Inbox/Compose section,  using windows explorer.  I now have it figured out.  Under the menu bar Tools for explorer I have selected Compatibility View.  My list of friends now appears.


However, when playing with this, I tried sending Elaine an I love you message, which apparently did not send.  However, if any of you got such a message from me.....   oops.  It was meant for Elaine.

VA Hospital

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 8:18am 0 Comments

This weekend we attended an event up in Milwaukee at the Old Soldier's Home.  There were representatives of American military from every war.  It was a very large event and well run.  Sadly, for a number of reasons it is likely to be the last time this event will occur.


Elaine, Elise and I were playing a little music on Saturday, and someone passing by overheard us, and asked if we would like to play for spinal injury patients on the top floor of the VA hospital there on the…


Comment Wall (82 comments)

At 11:09pm on November 15, 2008, Charles said…
Hi John,

Thanks for the warm welcome to this forum. It does look very interesting, so I'll spend some time investigating and getting to know about it and the various members.

At 12:52pm on November 22, 2008, Jim Dalton said…
Hey John,

There seems to be some kind of problem.

Tim's reply to "Briggs' last moments" and his new discussion "Gigs and Presentations" aren't appearing as they should. (see the recent exchanges between Tim and me).

Is Ning having problems?
At 9:05pm on November 25, 2008, Zeke D said…
thanks for the welcome to the forum. i have been playing minstel banjo for about 7 months. and i am looking forward to talking w/ you guys to learn one heck of a lot from the people who really mastered this awesome instrument.
At 10:45am on November 27, 2008, Zeke D said…
That sounds good. Like i have been learning off of Bob Flesher's Books and its very tough to get other tunes b/c i am not that talented yet to start making my own tabs.
At 4:19pm on November 29, 2008, Aurelia Perry said…
Thanks for the welcome! Still learning my way around the format, but it looks great! Take care, Aurelia
At 4:55pm on November 29, 2008, Rick Hadley said…
Thanks! I found the link on the Google group. This looks like a much more user friendly system.
At 5:47pm on November 29, 2008, Michael Randolph said…
Thanks, John. It's nice to see familiar faces, such as yours, from the Early Banjo Gatherings. - Mike
At 11:54pm on November 29, 2008, Scott Miller said…
Hi John,

Thank you for the welcome.

You are the one who scarfed up all the high end rib bones at my online store. (Bone Dry Musical Instrument Co.) Hope they're rattlin' okay for you. --Scott
At 9:24am on November 30, 2008, Samurai banjo said…
Thanks !John,
Thank you for the welcome.
I can talk about the minstrel banjo with the friend and I am glad really.

Yokohama Japan
At 2:38pm on November 30, 2008, Forrest Peterson said…
John,thanks for the welcome.


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