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Music for the Library
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I help at the Musical Heritage New Zealand Sheet Music Archive and we recently acquired a folio of banjo music none of which was in the music library.  I have begun scanning it and a few things are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jan 25.

Invercargill March

All this talk of New Zealand banjos and I thought I'd better finish off an arrangement I had started a few months back made of one of our most well known NZ related pieces, Invercargill March by "the…Continue

Started Jan 8

Lawrence Wright 1st Banjo Album
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I was lucky enough to come across this album on eBay last year.  I've scanned it and a copy is ready for downloading in the Journals and Song Album page.  Best wishes, Brett…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jan 7.

Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
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Hello and Happy New Year,I am hoping some of you may be able help me with several queries.I am based in New Zealand (Wellington at present but spent most of my life in Auckland and until recently…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Lowe Jan 10.

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Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Music for the Library
"Ah!  I misunderstood.  I did not get that it was posted here. Thanks for sharing these!"
Jan 25
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Music for the Library
"Hello Joel,  The music is all here on this site in the music library.  I tried to create links to each individual piece, but can't work out how or if it is possible to do so. Sorry for any inconvenience.  If it is easier for you,…"
Jan 25
Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Music for the Library
"Hi Brett, this is great! Do you have a link to the scores for download?"
Jan 25
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Music for the Library

I help at the Musical Heritage New Zealand Sheet Music Archive and we recently acquired a folio of banjo music none of which was in the music library.  I have begun scanning it and a few things are now added to the library.History - if you're interested.  The folio was donated in South Canterbury last year with a lot of other non banjo related music.  It dates from the late 19th century and is a professional binding of individual solos and few books of solos into one larger volume.  Some of the…See More
Jan 24
Brett Lowe replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tarrant Bailey Jnr. Recording. Now I know what this tune called (I think)
"Just wondering - was Parlotrix was ever published as sheet music?  "
Jan 19
Brett Lowe replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Help -- I've Sliced the Tip of my Right Thumb Off and I Have a Concert This Saturday...!
"Other than Jody's suggestions all I can think of is dipping the thumb in meths (methylated spirits).  It's what a double bass playing friend at school would use after a tough gig to heal and disinfect any cuts, blisters or other…"
Jan 19
Edward Bettega and Brett Lowe are now friends
Jan 18
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"And here is a photo of a Minstrel troupe in Opanake in the 1870s And an odd photo of a banjoist in a Maori settlement on Kapiti Island (just North of Wellington) - which is now uninhabited (by humans at least) and a Conservation Department Reserve…"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"And a few more of the same"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"And a few more photos of Lydia and William Williams and friend in the garden at their home on Carlyle St. Napier"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"As well as the numerous clubs in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin other banjo related clubs or orchestras (that I know of so far) existed in Paeroa, Gisborne, Napier and Timaru and I expect possibly in several other places.Some of the…"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"And Wellington also had couple of groups.  John Gemmell Turner came to NZ from Scotland in about 1895 and set up a music studio, teaching in Wellington.  He play many instruments - brass, string etc. He ran the very popular J. G. Turner…"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"Here are a couple of other Christchurch images - another of Joseph Wright and one of the Christchurch Banjo Band in the 1920s (courtesy of the Canterbury Museum)"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"And here are a few more.  Sorry about the quality of the last image - a photocopy of a photocopy, but it is the only image of the Contra Bass Banjo Walter Smith had built.  His concerts featuring the large orchestra regularly filled the…"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"And here are some more pictures.Walter Smith - was an Auckland based teacher and musician who in the 1920s and 30s ran a large fretted instrument orchestra in Auckland.  Here is a link about him.  He also ran an Hawaiian Band and several…"
Jan 10
Brett Lowe replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"Here are some more pictures of New Zealand string groups.  I was mistaken, the Bandurrias were in the Dunedin Mandolin Orchestra, but here is Cox's Venetian Orchestra as well and another photo of the Auckland BMG Club.  Dunedin had a…"
Jan 10

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