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BANJO PLAYERS WITH HONOURS
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I see that the comedian Frank Skinner was given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.  Well deserved, of course, but even more so because Frank is a five-string banjo player.   Frank joins a very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Jan 4.

PAUL MERTON: MY PART IN BANJO HISTORY

Those of you who are  interested in the social history of the banjo may like to look at the recent episode of the TV program 'Who Do You Think You Are?", starring Paul Merton.  It seems that an…Continue

Started Feb 10, 2022

BERT BASSETT
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To all and sundry, near and far, banjoists in particular:I am trying to pull together some facts about the life of the banjo player and composer Bert Bassett.  Although he was rated as being up there…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 9, 2020.

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thereallyniceman replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BANJO PLAYERS WITH HONOURS
"Good thoughts Tony... there must be more banjoists out there who are recognised, or even noticed ;-) Obviously humilty prevents me from bragging, but I was awared an honour for inventing the door knocker... I received the Nobel Prize. Ta-Dah"
Jan 4
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BANJO PLAYERS WITH HONOURS

I see that the comedian Frank Skinner was given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.  Well deserved, of course, but even more so because Frank is a five-string banjo player.   Frank joins a very small pool of deserving banjo players that currently includes Sir Billy Connolly CBE.  Are classic banjo players aware of other living players who have received honours?  It would be interesting to keep an up-to-date list.RegardsTonySee More
Jan 3
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Feb 23, 2022
TONY BRYAN posted a discussion

PAUL MERTON: MY PART IN BANJO HISTORY

Those of you who are  interested in the social history of the banjo may like to look at the recent episode of the TV program 'Who Do You Think You Are?", starring Paul Merton.  It seems that an ancestor of his on his father's side was 'vocalist' to a banjo player in London in the early years of the banjo.  If you watch the show, this is in the second half, but the first half about his mother's family is equally engrossing. Regards.TonySee More
Feb 10, 2022
carrie horgan commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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FLOWER QUEEN

"Great playing - first time I have heard this tune!"
Feb 2, 2022
thereallyniceman commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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FLOWER QUEEN

"Masterful Tapis!  Great tune and great playing. Young Parke certainly could knock out a good tune!"
Feb 1, 2022
TONY BRYAN posted a video

FLOWER QUEEN

A 'real' Schottische by the master of banjo composition, Parke Hunter (1876 - 1912).
Feb 1, 2022
Steve Harrison commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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TICO TICO

"Hi Tony, Nice arrangement and well played. I wrote an arrangement of this a few years back but when I checked the library today the score was unreadable, probably due to some imaging problems I had at the time. I've rejigged the score and Ian…"
Dec 21, 2021
carrie horgan commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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TICO TICO

"Great playing on a great tune, Tony."
Dec 21, 2021
thereallyniceman commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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TICO TICO

"It is great to see our friend Tapis back with another great piece. Thanks must go to Mr Bryan for the arrangement too.  Thanks to both of you.  If you don't mind me saying, the last chord needs work ;-) Merry Christmas Tony."
Dec 21, 2021
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TICO TICO

A five-string banjo version of the ever-popular samba.
Dec 20, 2021
TONY BRYAN replied to Brett Lowe's discussion BMG Festival 1949
"Ian, I worked in an office in London during the first half of the seventies and rode about the place every lunchtime on a bike we kept at the office - without a padlock.  The bike was basic, sure, but in 4 years of being an easy target, it was…"
Nov 19, 2021
TONY BRYAN replied to Brett Lowe's discussion BMG Festival 1949
"Brett, Very many thanks for posting these two clips.  For such a short fragment, there is so much to see - I had to keep winding it back to check for some of the details that were emerging.  March 1949 - not four years after the end of the…"
Nov 18, 2021
TONY BRYAN commented on John Deller's video
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Darling Nelly Gray. Banjola

"John, well played - and well made!  Can you tell us something about your experience with the banjola?  I know they are available both commercially and from independent luthiers, so I was wondering if you had any views on their comparative…"
Aug 7, 2021
TONY BRYAN commented on Anurakt Scheepers's video
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Queen of the Burlesque

"I don't think I was saying that the dance called the Schottische doesn't exist - they were once very popular, I have played them, the literature is full of it, and not a few PhD theses on the subject are available online, any time you are…"
Jun 10, 2021
TONY BRYAN commented on Anurakt Scheepers's video
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Queen of the Burlesque

"Another gem of a classic banjo classic! Well done! Just one point: I don’t think this is a Schottische as such. The Schottische does exist as a dance in many countries, though from my researches I could not find that they had much in common…"
Jun 9, 2021

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