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Looking for a Plectrum banjo... 1 Reply

Started by Russ Chandler in Classic Banjo. Last reply by nick stephens on Tuesday.

Rotation Rag..1911..Al Sweet aka Albert Charles Sweet

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo on Tuesday.

“The Black History of the Banjo”

Started by Jason Cornwell in Classic Banjo Oct 18.

Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later). 21 Replies

Started by Joel Hooks in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 13.

ABF Rally report Sept 29-Oct 3...making lemonade out of a lemon! 11 Replies

Started by Trapdoor2 in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Joel Hooks Oct 7.

Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen 8 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Oct 5.

The Minstrel band..A Rag..1909..Albert Gumble

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Oct 2.

New CE Armrests? 2 Replies

Started by Joel Hooks in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Joel Hooks Sep 28.

Homespun Rag..(1913)..Thos. Stephen Allen. 2 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison Sep 26.

That Dawggone Rag...1913...Maurice K. Smith

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Sep 24.

NING ERRORS, YET AGAIN!!!! 2 Replies

Started by thereallyniceman in Classic Banjo. Last reply by thereallyniceman Sep 20.

A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!! 3 Replies

Started by thereallyniceman in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Sep 19.

North Pole Rag...1909...John Lind

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Sep 19.

Clifford Essex 5 String Banjo?? 2 Replies

Started by Anthony Douglas Day in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Joel Hooks Sep 18.

The Sultan's Cakewalk...1900...C. F. Pleininger 2 Replies

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Steve Harrison Sep 17.

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Fred and George Van Eps: profiles in jazz

Fred and George Van Eps are featured in September issue of The Syncopated Times - it's well worth subscribing to The Syncopated Times if you are interested in early jazz and ragtime: https://syncopatedtimes.com/fred-and-george-van-eps-profiles-in-jazz/

Posted by carrie horgan on September 1, 2021 at 17:19 — 5 Comments

Olly Oakley plays Gallopade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvs_pEnVevQ

Amazing skills - haven't heard this one before, I think this a Cammeyer tune.

Posted by carrie horgan on July 14, 2021 at 7:22 — 2 Comments

 

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nick stephens replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Looking for a Plectrum banjo...
"Brown Dog banjos in Kent has a couple I think, a CE and a cheaper Dallas, albeit both very playable and decent sounding instruments, sadly Bob passed away some weeks ago but his widow Tina seems to still be in business ."
Tuesday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Rotation Rag..1911..Al Sweet aka Albert Charles Sweet

This is a pleasing and well written tune with an interesting intro which I particularly like. Sweet was another of the lesser known composers making a living mainly as a jobbing musician and band leader. He wrote around 20 pieces of music and of…See More
Tuesday
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St. Louis Rag

"Brilliant."
Tuesday
Jason Cornwell posted a discussion

“The Black History of the Banjo”

I heard a fascinating account of the history of the banjo, from its African origins.  If you haven’t heard it I highly recommend it. …See More
Oct 18
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Cole Smoak (A Rag)..1906..Clarence hoard St.John.

Little is known about the composer, he published 20 compositions between 1902 and 1923 including Collars And Cuffs which I arranged some time back, of the two, I prefer this one. It's a well written tune which I've simplified by reducing the number…See More
Oct 18
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Daniel PEARCE commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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St. Louis Rag

"Wonderful! Sheer genius."
Oct 15
Daniel PEARCE commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Rob MacKillop Plays Alfred Cammeyer's Zither-Banjo Compositions

"Classic banjo should thrive. There does seem to be a 'which camp are you in?' mentality in the banjo world which I don't think promotes the instrument's potential and versatility in the slightest. I personally can't seem to…"
Oct 15
Daniel PEARCE commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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12th Street Rag

"Just seen this! Truly astonishing playing. I love it!"
Oct 15
Daniel PEARCE commented on Pip's video
Oct 15
Rob MacKillop commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Rob MacKillop Plays Alfred Cammeyer's Zither-Banjo Compositions

"Cheers, Daniel. Good to hear from you. I certainly hope you do get stuck in to the classic style, as it does seem to be a very minority sport these days. We need all the players we can get. See you around! Rob"
Oct 15
Daniel PEARCE commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Rob MacKillop Plays Alfred Cammeyer's Zither-Banjo Compositions

"Wonderful to hear your beautiful banjo music again! I wasn't sure if you had entirely stopped or not so this is a lovely surprise. I am inspired to tackle some classic banjo again. As Bret and you say it's mystifying why this is not better…"
Oct 15
Russ Chandler posted a discussion

Looking for a Plectrum banjo...

I hope you'll all forgive me going a little off topic but does anyone have a decent player quality Plectrum banjo for sale?I've been invited to join a band, and I've always fancied having a go at some trad banjo.Having said that it will be a side…See More
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"My old friend, the late Jon Sholle, probably the best guitarist I ever heard, got a new phone and was trying to enter the number and of course his *name* in the New York City telephone directory, the "White Pages".  He said to the…"
Oct 13
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Pfft. Somewhere, somehow, deep in the mists of time, I authorized a legal document that had "Mark". Now, every legal document sez Marc aka "Mark". I asked the lawyer about it and she said, "You don't have enough money…"
Oct 13
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Oh dang… Marc.  Sorry about the k."
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Of course. I should have known."
Oct 13
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Who knows?  My CG is pretty standard as far as they go and fairly late having a payment book with a first payment of January 24, 1930 (and final payment of July 30, 1930 signed by A. P. Sharpe). I know that they had a few people making them but…"
Oct 13
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Gravitas."
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"That's Nine More i'n it? I wonder what accounts for the extra half pound and one ounce. A resonator? Fat frets?  Mine has no arm rest. Maybe that reduces the weight a bit. Maybe yours has Heavier Inlays!  Maybe it's the…"
Oct 13
 
 
 

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