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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.

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TONY BRYAN replied to nick stephens's discussion the banjo at the British seaside , my own presentation
"Nick, 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…"
Sep 10
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"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…"
Sep 9
TONY BRYAN replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"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…"
Sep 9
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"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…"
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"Another bit of info has crossed my mind, Essex ran at least two Pierrot Troupes, BB played with the one which did at least one summer season under the leadership of Kate Moss in Le Touquet."
Sep 8
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"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…"
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
Sep 8
TONY BRYAN replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"Richard, Shawn, 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…"
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"And another"
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"And another item"
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"And the next page"
Sep 8
Richard William Ineson replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"Hi Shawn, I don't know whether or not it is Albert or Bertram but I'll try to find out, meanwhile here is the June 1937 obit from the B.M.G."
Sep 8
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"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".…"
Sep 8
Jody Stecher replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"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…"
Aug 17

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