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Another find in an old BMG

Started on Monday

Banjo Rallies in the Good Old Days
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Nov 7.

 

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Another find in an old BMG

I have never ever seen this Olly Oakley photo before!See More
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thereallyniceman replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Repertoire question
"I am sure that David Wade must be right about there being a banjo presence in Wigan.  Over the years I have bought THREE banjos that I have seen advertised for sale in Wigan, I am so lucky that all of them are TOP of the range and in beautiful…"
Nov 9
thereallyniceman replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Repertoire question
"Hey Marc you bring back memories. I was born about a mile from George Formby's "original" house named Beryldene house in Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool. He later moved to another house in Lytham St. Annes that he also called…"
Nov 9
thereallyniceman replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Repertoire question
"Or maybe he could have gone  the other way down the road and joined the Liverpool BMG ?"
Nov 9
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Banjo Rallies in the Good Old Days
"Me me!!  I want to go!!! Cool photo!  Burton Gedney and Alex Magee both took lessons from "the" Frank B. Converse.  Paul Cadwell took lessons from FVE from about 1900 to 1902 (about 30 lessons).  Cadwell also took two…"
Nov 7
thereallyniceman replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Repertoire question
"Here is a cutting from the Dec. 1951 BMG Bolton is just down the road from Grandfather!  I wonder if his is there?"
Nov 7
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Banjo Rallies in the Good Old Days

My bedtime reading turned up another goodie !Who wouldn't have wanted to attend this rally?  See More
Nov 7
thereallyniceman commented on Andy Chase's video
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Melon Jig - classic fingerstyle banjo duet played by Andy Chase

"What a nice little tune. I will listen again :-) I have to ask... what software are you using to create your videos?  Duets, sextets seem no trouble to you. I guess the headphone play a great part !!! Thanks for posting"
Nov 6

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At 21:20 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you found us, Ian. Welcome.
At 20:11 on April 10, 2009, Jody Stecher said…
Wow, Ian, these are gorgeous, and not at all different iterations of basically the same banjo idea. I would imagine there's a good variety of tone and response. The Amboyna z-b particularly knocks me out. How does she play and sound?
At 20:36 on July 14, 2009, Mike Redman said…
The XX special was bargain of the year! I have one just like that and would never part with it, have owned it for 20 years. My old banjo teacher, Horace Craddy found it for me. Enjoy it, a friend for life!
At 9:52 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
Hi there Ian in Blackpool, its an Ozark 5 string. In the picture I'm at Art In Action an Arts Festival in Oxfordshire. I 'm also into oil painting as well as banjoing. I've just started learning classic banjo. Ive been playing for just over 2 years now. Started with Scruggs style then progressed into clawhammer. Found myself at a bit of a learning plateau kinda stuck too much at first position but recently i started to learn a lovely song called "Colorado Buck Dance". I found that classic style has really opened up the fretboard for me. One thing i'd like to ask. I play classic tunes the sameway as clawhammer, bare fingers and just using my thumb and index finger. Is this correct or should i be using threefingers as in scruggs style also should i be using picks or is it personel choice down to the individual.
From David
At 10:04 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
sorry i forgot to mention i live in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.
At 20:25 on March 12, 2010, Adam said…
No worries, Ian ... I hope you get your video needs worked out ... Looking forward to your contributions!

All the best,
Adam
At 19:11 on December 4, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Thank you for your comment, you are welcome, i have many van Eps cylinders and Vess L. Ossman too, and of course many old 78r.p.m.
Only one about Tarrant Bailey J.R.
I am thinking to put some on this site, as soon as possible, because many are unknown, and i'm thinking aout many people who must be interrested to heard them, if i have sheet music i will post it in same time.
I like your performance on Morley's Palladium March.

Eric.
At 7:17 on December 20, 2010, Sylvia said…

Hi Really Nice Man,  you must teach your wife how to play Banjo, I reckon she could be playing second parts quite quickley then you could play duets like Eric and Pat.   Also she could become a member of this site and perhaps mine would not be the only female voice heard  :-)  

At 13:28 on March 13, 2011, Jan Bloom said…
I make banjos currently sold through Elderly Instruments.  These are a Farland style all wood beveled rim banjo 11.5 diameter.  Normal scale length is 25.5 for the clawhammer player.  However, they may be ordered direct with classic scales of 27 or 27.5.  
At 15:25 on April 21, 2011, Mike Moss said…

Thanks Ian, that's very generous of you. I'll have to dig out my "to-play" list (which is getting longer by the minute...) and see what I can extort, err... I mean, nicely ask for :)

 

I'm very happy with the sound of my banjo, by the way, now that I've converted it somewhat. The Renaissnace head and Chris Sands heavies give it a booming tone which is almost worthy of the old killing machines, and I'm getting some nice, thunderous bass notes with the appropriate picking technique. Gotta love how Bill Ball played those thunderous bass notes!

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