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Looking for a Plectrum banjo...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Oct 19, 2021.

Sheet music storage...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 21, 2021.

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Russ Chandler replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Today’s Google and Clifford Essex
"Thanks Joel! Here's what it sounds like..."
Jun 17
Russ Chandler and Danielle Saxon Reeves are now friends
Jun 7
Russ Chandler commented on Dave Houle's video

The Tarrant Bailey Collection Volume 1 Joe Morley Classic Banjo Private Cylinders 1910-1940

"It wasn't a reel-to-reel, it was recorded on a home cylinder recorder. I have the sleeve notes for this somewhere, I'll try and dig them out and scan them. I'm glad someone has taken the trouble to digitise this, it's a shame…"
May 29
Paul Magnussen replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sanders Papworth
"Sorry to be late to this discussion. There’s an article about him in the February 1948 issue of B.M.G., a cover photo also. He wrote at least eight pieces of music, which were published therein from ’41. He may (or may not) have been…"
May 19
Russ Chandler replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"Nothing official, but I understand Clems son is hoping to restart the business soon. I hope that's true."
Mar 27
Russ Chandler replied to bud bennett's discussion Clifford Essex Music Company
"That's very sad news."
Feb 9
Russ Chandler commented on thereallyniceman's event 'Clowne Classic Banjo Rally'
"With Keith's permission I have set up a Facebook event for this. those of you on Facebook like and share it around please? It's also really helpful if you say you're coming even if…"
Feb 3
Russ Chandler is attending thereallyniceman's event

Clowne Classic Banjo Rally at Clowne Community Centre

May 7, 2022 from 12am to 5pm
Clowne Banjo Rally for this year, will be on May, 7th 2022at Clowne Community Centre, Villa Park, Recreation Close, Clowne , S43 4PLDoors open at 12 noon, with Banjo playing from 2pm until 5pmPlenty of Banjos and Music for sale.Contact- Keith Wilson, Tel number 01132 588243See More
Feb 3
Brett Lowe replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sanders Papworth
"There's a nice mention of him with some biographical details and a photo in the March 1955 BMG.  Page 158-9"
Dec 20, 2021
Russ Chandler posted a discussion

GR Tanfield - a Sheffield coincidence...

This is a post of no consequence whatsoever but it might raise a smile or spark some reminiscences.I recently relocated to Sheffield from London.I was just flicking through BMG Magazine from March 1939 and idly looked at the teachers directory. Much to my delight it lists one GR Tanfield of 83 Sharrow Street.Sharrow Street is where I now live! What are the odds?Any memories of Mr (I'm assuming it was a Mr) Tanfield?…See More
Dec 4, 2021
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 ."
Oct 19, 2021
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 project, and will also be outdoors a lot so I don't want a very high quality or historically interesting instrument. But I'd like a decent one rather than an old banger. They are not all that easy to come by in the UK.Can anyone help me out?See More
Oct 13, 2021
Russ Chandler replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Banjo Times Magazines
"I seem to remember Banjo Times was quite good. I'm afraid any copies I had are long gone, but it would be nice to read them again. "
Sep 12, 2021
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sheet music storage...
"I have no system . I have only a few originals of individual pieces These I keep in a manila folder. I do have some original books. These are on a book shelf. I do use these to read from.  When learning a single banjo solo, not from a book,…"
Apr 21, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sheet music storage...
"I thought we were just talking about original copies. Heck, I scan everything.  If it is mine, I share it here and/or on the Internet Archive so that it will be preserved in infinite copies over the entire world. If it belongs to the ABF, I…"
Apr 21, 2021
Brett Lowe replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sheet music storage...
"I've added comments about all my sheet music - I play a lot of different things and run bands and orchestras etc, but have covered the banjo stuff first.  So ignore the rest if it is of no interest - but I thought some people might find it…"
Apr 21, 2021

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A Joe Morley Pilgrimage

I took advantage of a trip to a client in South London today to pay a visit to Joe Morley's grave.

I've written it up in a post on my blog at Walthamstow Folk Club -

The accompanying text is probably of limited interest to you specialist expert types here but thought I'd share it anyway!…


Posted on September 29, 2009 at 18:07 — 1 Comment

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At 19:58 on September 7, 2014, Hal Allert said…

Thanks for considering me your friend, Russ.

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