Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist
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Looking for information and discussion on C.P, Stinson, Hosea Easton, and Vance Lowry

     I am at work on a research project on C.P. Stinson, Hosea Easton, and Vance Lowry, three African American banjoists of the late 19th and early 20th century whose careers and…Continue

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Started Aug 10

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?
"The group in the first picture may be either the Ciro Club  orchestra (which was known as the Clef Club band until it ended up getting into the super posh Circo Club frequented by the top of British society at the timt,  but it is not…"
Sep 26
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Jake Wildwood in Vermont was listing an even fancier instrument of this brand in his  shop  in Vermont in 2012.  Dont know if he sold it or who bought it."
Sep 26
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"When I last posted here I had forgotten that in 2014, my friend Tenor banjo and mandolin historian  crummudeon on a level able to tangle even with Eli Kaufman, John Hoft, discovered a newspaper clipping from a Black new York paper from 1915…"
Sep 26
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"this  figures since he or his associates in Australia kept writing the Stewart Journal about how they ;loved and used Stewart banjos"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Thanks  Joel.  This is another sub point I want to make in my presentation.  That is that the Banjo is NOT "American,"  It did not start in the USA, and once it got out to the World in the 1840s through banjo…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"All of the Cro Club recordings were issued by Document records years ago on disk and are on CD and can now be downloaded from Documents site.  They appear in other collections as well.  This includes recording that some of these musicians…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"These are not melody banjos.  The Melody banjo was a 4 string version of the mandolin banjo.  Michael Holmes once told me many of them were later marketed as Uke banjos as the Hawaiian music craze came on/  Both Vega and Gibson…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I have nothing against politics and concerns, the best years of my life were spent as a full time leader of the SWP, an organization I still sup[port, but banjo history is a concrete history of what people actually did, the actual problems they…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"You should read and look at some of the work that Laurant Dubois has done about the banjo in the Caribbean.  Much of it appears in Laurants great book on the banjo.  Laurant is one of the world's great scholars of the Caribbean and…"
Aug 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Well this is all that  is available on the web but it is quite inaccurate, of course we banjo nerds plunge into all the unncessary details necessary. I am in the midst of trying to figure out what he did before the Southern Symphony quarter…"
Aug 28
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"great.   as normal  the amount of information I am gathering is more like the beginning of what one would use for a book about these guys rather than a presentation of 30 minute.  What interests me is that our view of the banjo…"
Aug 28
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Yes.  I know of many, many players of the guitar banjo style who took up the tenor and the plectrum banjo, both well known players and people I know of personally.  I think it is almost assumed among classic players of a certain…"
Aug 28
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"One further issue with Lowry  I was not aware of in my posts in 2015 and previously is that by the early 1920s Lowry in particular had become a collaborator of film maker, artist, poet, and surrealist visionary Jean Cocteau and other Paris…"
Aug 28
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Thanks  Joek: I trust your judgment.  With a much greater picture of his life--I have a timeline for Lowry that is quite think from around 1914 to 1917 and am incrementally working forward,  if I can refind the provenance of the…"
Aug 28
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"UI have gotten much deeper into the whole issue since my 2015 posts and will try to share the information I put together on this site if it is deemed appropriate.  A few notes.  Reese Europe and the Clef Club parted the ways around…"
Aug 28
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"The clef clubbers and musical write ups of the time called the instrument he is holding a banjolin.   You see a number of such instruments in pictures of Clef Clubbers, and there was apparently an African American manufacturer of these…"
Aug 28

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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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