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Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Wilson Jul 5, 2020.

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David Wade replied to thereallyniceman's discussion HELP NEEDED. Anyone know anything about D. J. LLewellyn ?
"I was approached a while ago by a member of the family trying to unravel the various Llewellyns as the threads get crossed easily."
Nov 19, 2020
David Wade replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"As we have had no Rallys this year, I still have reasonable stock. However I have now heard of three instances where banjos have been damaged in transit which makes me nervous about sending instruments. If you can get down somewhere near obviously…"
Nov 19, 2020
David Wade replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Rugby parade - which rugby?
"Russ, check the Oakley interviews on my z-b site - if memory serves it was written on a train journey from Rugby to London hence the speed and pulse."
Aug 21, 2020
David Wade replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is new one on me: What a handsome young chap!
"I had a message last night from Mike Redman, he and Colin have decided to cancel this years Backwell Rally due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Keith and I are in discussions with Hilton House Hotel regarding the MBF - we will keep you…"
Jul 23, 2020
Keith Wilson replied to David Wade's discussion John Willis RIP
"Very sad to hear of the passing of John. We always enjoyed his company and playing at our Clowne Banjo Rally. He will be greatly missed .RIP John."
Jul 5, 2020
Richard William Ineson replied to David Wade's discussion John Willis RIP
"He'd been around along time, a nice bloke and man of many talents, I shall miss seeing hime in the many venues where our paths have crossed over the years but particularly in Whitby where he would do a bit of busking during the Whitby Folk…"
Jul 3, 2020
carrie horgan replied to David Wade's discussion John Willis RIP
"Sad news indeed.  I remember meeting him at the Clowne Rally and asking him about the banjo he was playing - he had made it!  Hopefully we will all make it to the Clowne Rally next year and play some of his tunes in his memory. "
Jul 3, 2020
thereallyniceman replied to David Wade's discussion John Willis RIP
"Sad news indeed Dave. RIP John. Here is John playing one of his own compositions. UNCLE ALBERT’S CURE played by John Willis We are all getting older.. but where are the youngsters?"
Jul 3, 2020

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Just to let you all know we are experiencing temporary problems with the our server and both my zither-banjo and my retrospective Clifford Essex site are off line at the moment.

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 8:41 — 3 Comments


Just an aside, for UK members only it looks like Mimmo is over here on Saturday giving lecture at the Lute Soc meeting at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 7:23

Zither-Banjo on German radio

I was interviewed before Christmas by a guy from a German radio station about zither-banjos. Parts have been included in his program which is going out on Sunday. You can listen to it online: http://www.dradio.de/dlf/
But because Germany is one hour ahead, it starts at 14.05 pm English time.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 14:02 — 2 Comments

Joe Morley on the move

Just to let you all know that I've moved the Joe Morley site to : www.joemorley.co.uk. Look out for new material going up over the Christmas break.

Posted on December 4, 2009 at 10:12 — 1 Comment

Zither-Banjo Christmas

Just to let you know that this years' Christmas Page is up on the z-b website...couple of Camm tunes to download.

Posted on December 4, 2009 at 10:10

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 14:54 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined up, David.
At 6:34 on April 7, 2009, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Hi David !
Nice to earing from you! I can understand that good peoples are always on good sites, your photos are so good ! I will put some tune on this site next.
Also some good cylinder music, i 'm collecting banjo cylinders music , i have some good old recordings of Ossman & Van Eps, i have also an Edison talking machine, i planning to catch on my camescope and put it on this site too. Carl Anderson had a good idea !!!
At 18:03 on April 8, 2009, Rob Murch said…
Are you still going on 18th? I owe you a pint!!
At 19:52 on April 8, 2009, Rob Murch said…
Ryburn 3 Step.....
At 17:19 on December 28, 2009, Richard Bugdal said…
Thanks for the link to the tutorials. Already downloaded the two recommended.
At 21:15 on May 8, 2010, denver smith said…
Hello David,
thankyou for your friendship offer, I had a wonderful day at Ridgway and, I'm always impressed by the standard of playing ta these events, hopefully I may play one soon, (it,s the red light syndrome) at home it's easy, elsewhere, difficult.
May I add, I liked the sound of the Clifford Essex banjo, it has a good tone.
Hope to see you at Bretby,
Regards, Denver.
At 18:05 on May 19, 2010, Tarry Barriball said…
Hi David

It was through a google search by one of my sons that we came across this site in the first place. We`are trying to trace back through the family tree and he came across it as a result of the Google search. One of my brothers has a CD or something that had mentions of my father on the Cover of the CD. I have not seen the CD or the cover but I have read somewhere that Rob Murch was taught to play (I think by my father but I am not sure). My first name is actually Kenneth but I never use it as my father named me after his great "Banjo Idol" the one and only "Tarrant Bailey Jnr" my second christian name is as you might guess Tarrant but it got shortened to Tarry by my parents unless they were annoyed with me as a child then it was always "Tarrant" or even "Kenneth Tarrant".
Kind regards
Tarry Barriball

At 22:02 on September 10, 2010, Anthony Peabody said…
I really enjoyed Backwell. A bit of an outing for a bass banjo. The jacuzzi in the hotel bedroom was huge, nect to the bed, asnd would have taken about three hours to fill. It WAS the honeymoon suite I know, but Mrs P had her own agenda, which we don't need to go into now.....
At 13:30 on February 3, 2011, Mike Moss said…

Hi David,

thanks for the pointers. I've got my eyes on an antique which would be relatively affordable (it's in good enough condition to be playable, but not good enough to be prohibitively expensive!) but I'll have to have some new pegs made for it, as well as a new bridge and probably a new vellum. Otherwise it looks pretty sound.


I'll get a simple, thin two-footed maple bridge for it, as seen in S. S. Stewart's BGM journal. What height bridge should I use? 1/2" or 5/8"?


Thanks for your help,



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