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.
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…"
"Facts from the 1901 UK Census :
Morton Hunter, b. 1877 (est), USA, musician, married, residing Bromwells Road, Clapham, London
Zillah Hunter, b. 1877 (est), Birmingham, Warwickshire, wife
Now for the speculation : Morton's middle initial may…"
"This is very sad news indeed. In Dave's passing we have lost someone who was always selflessly helpful with a big, welcoming smile and one of our most devoted banjoists. We must be grateful that he managed to put so much of…"
"The reported speech is very much of the age of Arthur Conan Doyle - Holmes and Watson are all over it. It's the popular reporting style of the day. Dickens is said to have had a good ear for the spoken word, but he had been dead for…"
"I always assumed that "Fun On The Wabash" alluded to the river. In 19th C parlance, it is common to read military accounts of battles that describe them as "fun". Example: "Tecumseh and his gang arrived and some fun was…"
"Hey Tony, thanks for pointing out my duplicity in mentioning William Parke Hunter in the biographies... this is now corrected ;-)
Richard, Yes I remember you confirming that Morton was the man and that I found the image of the grave of…"
"Richard, my mother was not in favor of me taking up the banjo at age 12, but for different reasons. She was aware of there being more than one possible tuning. She thought this would make things horribly difficult for me, not understanding…"
"Brewer did a good job in the days before the internet made access to public records easy. He made a mistake with the name of Morley's mother, Caswell/Maxwell and I believe that he fell into the 'College Rag', William Hunter trap.…"