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.
Firstly, congratulations on taking up the challenge of producing some original work on the history of the banjo! There can't be too much of it, and the concept of the banjo at the seaside is a corker. It will be well…"
"Hi Tony : For a first foray into UK genealogical records, things have gone well. Finding Dorothy's occupation as music teacher was an unexpected but welcome bonus, reinforcing the notion this is the right Bassett household. Bert was apparently…"
"Shawn, a lovely piece of research work! I'm sure it's him, but we could do with some corroborating facts: do we know his father was also Albert? The Clifford Essex obituary mentions his father (also a banjo player, apparently, so…"
"Reviewing my five sets of records mentioned above, I see there is just one Bassett household with an Albert T, b. c.1894, and having one brother, no other siblings. This narrows the field about as well as one can expect.
The family info is as…"
"Tony and Richard :
Thanks for posting your wealth of information.
From 1901 and 1911 census records I found five families with an Albert Basset born in London c.1894. Subsequent census records, (unavailable through my source), would…"
Thanks for the info. The obituary from the June 1937 BMG is particularly useful as the June, July and August editions of that year are missing from the John Field library. I am assuming there were also letters to the…"
"A few lines in the March 1910 Issue of The Cadenza (America's BMG) state " Master Bert Bassett, "the boy banjoist" of London, England, is filling many engagements at swell functions in "the big town across the water".…"
"I see what you mean about posture. But I think that banjo he's playing is a bass banjo,not to be confused with the contra-bass banjo beside him, The head on BB's banjo is too big to be a plectrum banjo. He's playing with a…"