Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
  • United Kingdom
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Spooky Spooks (1916)......Edward. B. Claypoole

This rather good novelty number was requested by Joel Hooks some time back, unfortunately, I only recently saw his message in my inbox so many apologies for the lateness. It suits the banjo very well and is well worth a look and listen. The score and midis are in the library...Steve.See More
14 hours ago
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Old Folks at Home Vess Ossman.. Too Fast?
"I think he must have had an early case of bluegrass disease....Steve."
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Chocolate Cake Walk (1901)....James Fairfield.

This is a delightful early cakewalk which is well worth a listen. I've given it the full banjo treatment and it makes for a very good solo and is not too much of a challenge to play. I could find no information about the composer nor could I find any other music published by him. As it's so well written, it could possibly have been composed by one of the popular composers of the day using a pseudonym. Maybe someone has some further information?  The score and midi are in the library...Steve. See More
Sep 13
marc dalmasso replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"i think the banjos are US made"
Sep 11
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"Hi Randy, the copyright date is 1901 but there's no indication as to the date this score was printed...Steve."
Sep 11
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"Could be Cullen and Collins."
Sep 11
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"My first thought was Brooks and Denton.  The banjo player seated in the foreground resembles the photos of Ruby Brooks. The player in the back doesn't look a lot like the photos of Denton. So I'm not at all sure. "
Sep 10
Randy Dary replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"The one on the bottom looks a bit like Eddie Peabody, but that's just an observation.  There are a lot of old pix of him on the internet, but I don't see any where his hair is parted that way.  He was born in 1902.…"
Sep 10
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (1912)....Lewis F. Muir
"Shari Lewis was the best ventriloquist I have ever seen. There are some surprising adult (not off-color, but not aimed at kids) comedy sketches on youtube of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, including one where Lamb Chop is drunk and the two sing a duet…"
Sep 10
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (1912)....Lewis F. Muir
"I remember Shari Lewis she was very good she had another character called 'Lamb Chop'. Robert E Lee makes a good banjo tune, I usually play it together with 'When you're Smiling' 'California Here I Come' 'Toot…"
Sep 10
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Darkies' Mardi Gras (1906)...Theo Wenzlik

Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was a cornet player and one of the pioneers of ragtime/jazz in the late 1890s and early 1900s. He wrote a tune called Buddy Bolden's Mardi Gras March which is very similar to this tune by Theo Wenzlik. It is thought that Wenzlik may have 'borrowed' the melody, having heard it played by New Orleans street musicians, and used it for this composition. It's a good early march/cake-walk and makes a good banjo tune. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Sep 4
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (1912)....Lewis F. Muir
"There was a famous (well, famous here in the States) early TV puppet show by a gal named Shari Lewis. One of the puppets, "Hush Puppy", had a southern drawl. I had a 45 rpm recording of him (her) singing "Waiting for the Robert E.…"
Sep 3
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (1912)....Lewis F. Muir

This is another of my arrangements of a popular song of the day, this one was was made famous by Al Jolson and for all the Brits old enough to remember, was a regular feature on the Black and White Minstrel Show on the BBC in the 1960s/70s (until it was killed off by the PC brigade). The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Sep 1
Steve Harrison commented on Richard William Ineson's photo

Banjo C&S 017

"Wasn't he the brother of Hoo flung dung?"
Aug 18
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Who are they? (banjo players)

Does anyone know who the the banjo players are featured on this music cover?....Steve.See More
Aug 10

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Steve Harrison

Hi all, Just a bit about myself. I live in the beautiful town of Malvern in Worcestershire, England. I have been playing classic and melodic style banjo for more years than I care to recall. I play an Alfred Weaver banjo made around 1903 and a Windsor popular made 1914ish. As well as banjo, my other instrument is piano accordion, not very fashionable these days but great for playing tradtional music, my main passion. I play occasionally for local Morris Dance sides arround Malvern. Having reached the grand old age of 60, I am semi retired which leaves me more time for my music and my other love, my two grandchildren. I'm about to start teaching my 7 year old grandson the Uke as an entry into greater things. If there are any other players in or near my location, please make contact...Steve.

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At 6:35 on December 29, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Steve, I'm a bit nearer to you than Rob, but still a longish way away , I'm on the Isle of Wight.    Was interested to read that you played for Morris. I am a member of the local Oyster Girls Ladies Morris team.  Might just bump into you at one of the Folk Festivals , don't yet know which ones we are doing this year though.   All the Best.  Sylvia.
At 8:57 on December 30, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Steve,the oyster girls were at Upton last year. I am only a beginner at Banjo and have found this site very helpful. I have also had a few lessons with Rob over the internet, great stuff this new technology. Will look out for you at any Festivals I go to. I have heard Rochester mentioned for this coming year. All the best. Sylvia
At 17:49 on February 8, 2012, Alan Sims said…

hi Steve ,ive just had my clifford essex frets redressed and set up .it sounds lovely and so much easier to play .ive got medium gauge strings .ive been playing about a year .would i be ready for a heavier set ,and would this change the action .how often sould change them i practice every day' regards Alan

At 17:56 on February 8, 2012, Alan Sims said…

how often should i change strings i practice every day regards Alan

At 20:13 on March 4, 2012, Tim Walsh said…

Hi Steve,


I've only recently been made aware of Classic Banjo through meeting another member David Greenwood.

I've only been playing a relatively short while and have been learning bluegrass.

I'm looking to broaden my playing skills in to claw hammer and Classic styles and from what I've seen of the tutorials on this site so far I think I'm in the right place.






At 7:31 on May 21, 2012, Mike Redman said…

Hi Steve, have you thought about transposing/arranging A Ragtime Dance (Scott Joplin) for the banjo, I was listening to it the other day, now can't get the tune off of my mind!

At 8:12 on June 14, 2012, dave brown said…

Thanks Steve

At 10:35 on June 20, 2012, Alan Sims said…

thanks for the tip Steve, that makes sence.three lines above .E. cheers.

At 11:13am on August 28, 2012, Alan Sims gave Steve Harrison a gift
Thanks Steve.It sounds great.
At 8:59am on September 19, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Steve Harrison a gift
I would personally like to thank Steve for all the work he has done on producing new arrangements for Classic Banjo and making them available for us all. Check out all his scores in the MUSIC LIBRARY.

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