The American Banjo Fraternity
The ABF is an international organization committed to keeping Classic Banjo music alive and to preserve the traditions and memories of its composers and player.
Check out their website for full details:
Joel Hooks, Executive Secretary
"The" website for the zither banjo.
The first ever web site dedicated to the zither banjo. It was launched in early spring 2003 and has had a tremendous response from not only the UK but also from the US, Australia and France. In addition to articles and pictures they have now included sheet music and original recordings.
For everything you ever need to know about the zither banjo visit David Wade’s site:
British BMG Federation
The aim of the British BMG Federation is to promote the performance and education of banjo, mandolin and guitar. It is committed to creating educational opportunities for players of all ages to learn and improve on their chosen instruments through runningworkshops and courses and advertising courses run by other individuals and organisations.
The life and works of Emile Grimshaw
Emile Grimshaw was a noted English banjo player who played for many years in a quartet in the early part of the 1900s and eventually extended his contributions to composition and instruction. He also formed a company with his son that manufactured both banjos and guitars, including the highly valued "Grimshaw Guitar". Many of Emile's classical banjo compositions are played to this day. He is credited with about 70 compositions.
Visit this site for a whole host of information on this great player:
The Unique Joe Morley
This web site was originally designed in 2001 to support the Joe Morley Memorial Fund.
At that time there was no permanent marker or headstone on his grave in Streatham. Through hard work and public subscription this was rectified on 15th. September 2001.
There is information on Morley's life, compositions and even his famous Weaver banjos.
Maintained by site member David Wade.
Clifford Essex Music Company Ltd.
VISIT THE OFFICIAL SITE OF
CLIFFORD ESSEX MUSIC CO. LTD
For all things banjo related, banjos, accessories, strings and sheet music.
Publishers of BMG magazine.
24. Norwich Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2HF.
Tel : 01485 529323
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Hooks, Banjo playing from the 19th Century
Joel plays in the styles that were popular during the mid-late 19th century. Carefully researched and recreated, the music he plays comes directly from the source, paying particular attention to documented techniques of the greats.
A lot of the music he performs comes from that of Frank B. Converse, James Buckley and S. S. Stewart. Modern banjo playing (“clawhammer”, “Scruggs”) developed from these earlier styles.
The site is a great resource for information and downloadable documents from the era.
Banjoist Douglas Back
Multi instrumentalist Douglas Back performs on a wide variety of fretted string instruments including the classic 5-string banjo, 4-string plectrum banjo, classical guitar, classical mandolin, and renaissance lute. Recent years have found Doug gaining ever-increasing recognition as one of the world's leading artists on the classic fingerstyle 5-string banjo.
Doug also offers lessons and online lessons via Skype.
American Banjo Makers
This is an amazing site with endless information and detail. There are more than 1800 entries in this site. They consist of makers, patentees, brand names and much more.
The New Clifford Essex Weaver Banjo
This completely hand made banjo has a 12” hoop, 22 frets, nylon/gut strung, or we can fit a tailpiece suitable for steel strings. The hoop is made of English oak with an integrated Chakte Viga tone ring and the neck is mahogany. See the website site for details.
The New CE Weaver Banjo
The Great William J. Ball
William J. Ball did everything he could to keep this wonderful music alive, achieving a degree of understanding, musicality and virtuosity that may never be equaled. William’s many recordings and concerts showed the world how the Classic Banjo should be played and now serve as a source of inspiration to all of us who love the sound of the instrument and its music.
This web site is dedicated to his name:
This site is based in the UK and came about after a chance e-mail from the late Terry Holland’s son in law who agreed to the original British Banjo Makers website being upgraded and he donated a lot of the original research documents to the project.
The website does not intend to compete with the many individual experts and researchers of the banjo and its makers, but to provide a single comprehensive reference site for those who have an old banjo and wish to know something about its maker.
Visit Norman Guiver's "The Vintage Banjo Maker" website:
Register of Banjos made by James Parslow 1880 to 1919
Ed Parslow has produced a register of instruments by Parslow and you can view it here:
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