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Recent classic banjo recordings?
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Hi all, I'm trying to compile a more-or-less exhaustive list of published classic banjo recordings from within the last 30 or so years. Re-releases or compilations including classic banjo tracks are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 6.

Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
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Does anyone know when Seeger would have become aware of classic banjo (although I don't believe he ever used that term), and whether this is attributable to him knowing Paul Cadwell or something…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jan 26.

4th string sympathetic resonance
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Hi all, what is your experience with sympathetic resonance from the 4th string? I ask this question with an awareness that some open string resonance is desirable and contributes to the overall sound…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by IAN SALTER Nov 16, 2021.

Music for banjo orchestra
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Maybe a naïve question, but...how exactly did banjo orchestras work, musically speaking? I ask because I haven't found any recordings or sheet music collections. Were people extrapolating from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Aug 16, 2021.

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Trapdoor2 replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Recent classic banjo recordings?
"Doug Back has another CD called "The Big Trio Reprise" which features him on banjo. Clarke Buehling (with Bill Morris) also has a cassette called "Buehling Banjos". That was my first recording of classic-banjo being played. I…"
Mar 6
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Recent classic banjo recordings?
"The following list is all on CD. In addition (not listed here) are the many Neovox cassettes put out by Norman Field.. Double CD: Acoustic Recordings of the Banjo 1898-1924 (2003) by various artists (Phonozoic),  The Tarrant Bailey Collection…"
Mar 6
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Recent classic banjo recordings?

Hi all, I'm trying to compile a more-or-less exhaustive list of published classic banjo recordings from within the last 30 or so years. Re-releases or compilations including classic banjo tracks are okay, but for sake of consistency, I am excluding companion recordings to books or other media (another list I am working on).   Here's what I have so far, in no particular order: Mozart of the Banjo (2020) by Aaron Jonah LewisThe Women Wear No Clothes At All (2011), Old Time Fiddle Rags, Classic…See More
Mar 6
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"To Ethan and the OP, Seeger was listed in the 1950 directory.  It is my understanding that at that time only "active members" (or those that pay their dues) were listed in the directory. What that means, I don't know."
Jan 26
Trapdoor2 replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"There's a copy of the 1954 "2nd edition" up on ebay right now. One would think there would be a scan of the 1st edition hanging online somewhere...it was never copyrighted, AFAIK and even the 2nd edition (also not formally…"
Jan 25
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"Well, there you go.  They were playing "folk music"."
Jan 24
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"One point I would like to make in the interest of historical accuracy: When I was a teenager I played a fair amount with Roger Sprung. I played mandolin on 3 or 4 of his albums. There was no bluegrass music on any of these albums or concerts or…"
Jan 24
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"I don't doubt that that was your experience.  That is not how it is now.  That said, I go to rallies for "classic banjo".  I can go to old time jams or bluegrass festivals if I want to those styles.  In the past…"
Jan 24
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"I've been told that Cadwell story many times and my opinion is that all parties were wrong and poorly behaved.  The ABF was still trying to figure out what they were.  To them, bluegrass and folk banjo was a new thing that had nothing…"
Jan 24
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"I had the second edition of the Seeger book, with a yellow cover. I don't recall seeing a mention of Van Eps or the ABF. That doesn't mean it wasn't there. I remember meeting a few New York City ABF members around the time I started…"
Jan 23
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Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.

Does anyone know when Seeger would have become aware of classic banjo (although I don't believe he ever used that term), and whether this is attributable to him knowing Paul Cadwell or something else? I know in the 1962 version (3rd ed.) of Seeger's book, he mentions along with Cadwell's name that–There is a whole group of banjo players in the USA who would not think of using steel strings. They are mostly oldsters, fans of the virtuoso Fred Van Eps, who recorded banjo solos for Victor around…See More
Jan 23
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Montclair Galop - AJ Weidt

"First Class playing and great tone from your banjo and picking! I have not heard this one before... keep them coming. Thank you for posting.   Ian"
Nov 16, 2021
IAN SALTER replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion 4th string sympathetic resonance
"Hi Ethan, Unfortunately at this time, I am only able to reply to you briefly. I may have misunderstood you, but if it is the resonance of the open 4th string creating an occasional dissonance that you find distracting, then that is what I too have…"
Nov 16, 2021
Trapdoor2 commented on Ethan Schwartz's video
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Montclair Galop - AJ Weidt

"Well done! One of my favorites to play."
Nov 15, 2021
carrie horgan commented on Ethan Schwartz's video
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Montclair Galop - AJ Weidt

"That was great Ethan - good timing and technique."
Nov 15, 2021
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Montclair Galop (classic banjo)

Montclair Galop by A.J. Weidt (1866–1945)
Nov 15, 2021

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