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.
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
"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…"
"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."
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…"
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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"Bravissimo! I loved it! As smooth as pouring cream from a jug. Some nice personal touches there to drag it into the 21st century. Backup from the Titanic String Band School of Morley Banjo. The next piece can't…"