Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist
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Basic banjo history ignored in classic banjo introduction (edited by moderator)
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The 30 minute "introductory" video on Classic Banjo is nice playing but every comment the speaker makes about banjo history is simply wrong, not about things that are controversial but about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Moss Jun 5, 2013.

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Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I tend to agree with the Very Nice man about the absence of the fifth string insofar as the Cleb clubbers were the leading African American exponents of 4 string banjos and Lowry is known historically as a tenor banjoist, though I have no doubt that…"
Mar 12
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Carl Anderton's discussion Death of S. S. Stewart.
"You mean Stewart wasn't as kind, soft hearted, easy going and tolerant to you as he was to me."
Dec 1, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Carl Anderton's discussion Death of S. S. Stewart.
"Joel,  perhaps you might have a different impression of the man than I do! LOL knowing Stewart's easy going, tolerant, layed back and relaxed, non-judgmental, non-money grubbing approach to life, no doubt his family mourned the lost of a…"
Dec 1, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"I simply don't understand how people don't look at the realities of segregation both in the Jim Crow period and the real practice life black and white people face even today.   It is true that an individual may have been forced…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"  First of all stacks of volumes have been written not about the derivation of the blues and other African American music from West African music, by music scholars in Europe, the United States, and West Africa itself.  hardly anyone…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"Just on black string bands,  in black old time string bands you don't find any of the kind of soloing that is the prime aspect of bluegrass.  In most of the string bands the banjo is pretty much a supporting instrument for the…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"Nice post  Jody.   I don't disagree with anything you said, in fact I am copying downt he whole post to a file I keep called musical wisdiom. I diont deny that the founding leaders of bluegrass were people…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"Actually,  I have done comparisons of repertoire of Southern white and Southern black five-string players of the twentieth century and you find much fewer blues in the active repertoires of  the Black players, although a greater…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"I don't want to extend this point, but  actually as someone who spend years researching Cannon,  the selection of music available about Cannon and what is said, and particularly things like the film supposedly made about…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"I hate any kind of discussions where people are talking about what anyone, musicians included should do.  I barely know what I should do.  But that isn't what I am talking about. But if one is trying to objectively…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"Bluegrass in its explanations of itself particularly by Monroe and Scruggs, founding voices, tries to give itself the view as the continuation of the "ancient tones" as Monroe puts it, a continuation of older…"
Feb 22, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"Well,  as a music historian particularly about the history of the banjo and African American history of the banjo in particular, it would be impossible for me to do a competent job without considering the issue of revivalism, and observing…"
Feb 21, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"The essay was published last year in the Duke University Press Book, Hidden in the Mix.   I am contractually restrained from saying I can disseminate it otherwise.   However, I can discuss that issue if someone writes me at my…"
Feb 21, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"The typing  can be blamed on the problems of being a power clawhammer player who plays medium gauge strings on his biggest loudest banjo and has acrylic nails on three fingers to do  it and has been quite busy preparing a presentation on…"
Feb 21, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to Patrick Garner's discussion Classic banjo and blues banjo
"No the needs of revivalists are different from the needs of the community that created the music that they seek to revive, different in social, cultural, economic, educational, and historical distance.  These needs create taste.  My essay…"
Feb 21, 2015
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Can you find me  some way to get the details with Vernhettes, as to where this comes from as my mnain gaol in anything is publishing in documented scholarly publication.  But this is nice insofar as in my earlier…"
Feb 21, 2015

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At 0:18 on October 10, 2017, howard gengarelly said…

Tony --- Would love to hear from you. Howard from Gainesville, with a banjo on my knee.

    howardgengarelly@gmail.com

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