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"Drowsy Dempsey", Ossman plays Lansing...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Nov 23, 2021.

ABF Rally report Sept 29-Oct 3...making lemonade out of a lemon!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Oct 7, 2021.

Dengozo - Maxxie/Tango
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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Egyptian Glide..1914..Alexander Maloof.
"Nice! Missing the "snake charmer" motif...but it is a tad early to be an Oriental Foxtrot anyway...;-)"
6 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Pete Seeger, Paul Cadwell, etc.
"There's a copy of the 1954 "2nd edition" up on ebay right now. One would think there would be a scan of the 1st edition hanging online somewhere...it was never copyrighted, AFAIK and even the 2nd edition (also not formally…"
6 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom
"LOL. I did...and commented on it just before I did this one. That's why I said "...another song of quotes". ===Marc"
Jan 17
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom
"Ha! Another song of quotes: "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" and "Good Night Ladies" I'm assuming that "One Of The Boys" is selling the "College Glee Club" concept/marketing typical of the 1920s.…"
Jan 16
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Dixie Rag (1913)..Irene Mary Giblin
"Interesting piece, nicely arranged. There are so many pieces that incorporate fragments of well-known tunes...probably a genre all by itself. LOL. One day I had a young man show up where I was teaching (coffeehouse) the banjo and he sat down and…"
Jan 16
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Jokers (A polka)..1910..Bert R. Anthony
"I like it, a jaunty little tune. Well done!"
Jan 8
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dancing With Ma baby (Schottische)..1900..Bert R. Anthony.
"Somehow I missed this one, Steve. Definitely a cousin of Queen of the Burlesque, perhaps a "Fitz"... It is a good tune, nicely arranged and might be fun to play back to back with "Queen"."
Jan 2
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bingo Rag..1910..Frank Hoyt Losey
"Neat tune. Well done again, Steve!"
Dec 31, 2021

MARC SMITH

I was raised by a pack of wolves, deep in the forests of Nawthern Alabama...

Ok, perhaps not. I'm told we were a "normal" family...if having an airplane in your garage (sometimes running the engine in the front yard) is normal. We did finish restoring it (a J-3C Piper Cub) and I soloed in it, etc.

I'm an engineering type, working on spare parts for Helicopter stuff, 8 to 5, weekdays. My wife, the inimitable Miz Diane also works with the Helicopter groups, albeit in the contracting and acquisitions end.

I have been playing the banjo since 1979, when I was taught "Cripple Creek" (Scruggs Style) by my now longtime friend, Patrick Camp. Although I started out on the Bluegrass end of things, one of the first tunes I learnt was an 1877 arrangement of "Spanish Fandango" published in "Banjo Newsletter" in the late 1970's. It was another 10 yrs before I attempted another Classic Banjo tune (or even knew what one was).

In 1992, I attended the "Tennessee Banjo Institute" in Lebanon, TN...meeting the likes of Clarke Buehling, Bill Morris, Chris Sands and Eli Kaufman...and listening to them play Classic Banjo. Their performances (and the cassettes I purchased from them) led me down the crooked path of the Classic banjo from then until now.

I have a lot of hobbies...but most have gone by the wayside for Banjo stuff. I have been collecting Banjo Sheet music since the 1980's and have scads of it stashed in boxes in my "music room", along with quite a few banjos...some vintage, some new, some 4-string, mostly 5-string, some are just banjos I got for a song.

I have been actively procuring the materials and equipment to produce my own banjos when I retire. I recently purchased the estate of a local luthier who specialized in producing somewhat illicit reproductions of a well-known banjo manufacturer. Lots of tools and bits and a huge pile of great wood. I've been woodworking since I was a kid and I've started several banjos...discovering my great talent is not finishing projects. ;-)

I have recently adopted the motto of John Steinbeck: Ad Astra Per Alas Porci. Seems to fit me!

===Marc

 

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Sylvester L. Ossman info

Somehow, I cannot post a .pdf file to the ongoing discussion, so I'll post it here.

This is the US Census record for Sylvester Ossman, Musician, for 1910. It shows the full family at the time, including Sylvester Jr.

They were living in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Ossman Census record 1910

Posted on December 6, 2015 at 18:44

"Carry On" by Alfred Kirby, MIDI and TAB

Here's the MIDI and TAB for "Carry On", complete with Mike's "Intro".

"Carry On" MIDI

"Carry On" TAB

Ian, please put these in their proper place...should you be inclined to do so.

 

===Marc

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 22:41 — 2 Comments

1880's/1890's banjo sheet music "in da house"

I nicked a box full of crumbly old sheet music offa ebay a week or so ago. Paid about $0.80 ea with shipping. See attached list for the titles, etc.

All of this stuff is American, pre 1900 and in A notation. Amazingly, not many duplicates (whew!) for me. Sure, some obvious ones like Darkey's Awakening, On The Mill Dam, Queen of the Forest, etc. However, there are a couple of previously unknown publishers (two female!) and nearly the entire output of a previously unknown (to me) New…

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 1:54 — 4 Comments

TAB for Jumbo Rag...

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

A shot rang out...!

Yesterday, I drove 2.5 hrs up to the Nashville, TN area for BUW (Breaking Up Winter). BUW is an Old-Time festival that has been held the first weekend in March for the past 15 or so years at a small State Park in Lebanon, TN (Cedars Of Lebanon State Park, no less).

This "festival" (it is really just an excuse to gather OT players and have an extended jam) is one of those places where you meet old friends, play a lot of music and unwind. I usually take a pile of banjos and spend a bit…

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Posted on March 4, 2012 at 16:04 — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (26 comments)

At 23:13 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Marc. Mighty impressive lookin' line-up of banjars there.
At 22:06 on January 7, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Did I see that you have a tab for Heliotrope Bouquet? I'd LOVE to take a crack at that!
At 21:09 on February 15, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Hi Marc.
We didn't record that track during the heat wave. As a matter of fact I found it in the attic! ( would you believe )
Regards Ray
At 15:09 on April 6, 2009, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Hi Marc !
Good to know you're in this web bjo group!
My friends Marc D. and Ray J. told me about it.
I was not dead but very busy and moved to another country, i've time now for sharing goodle bjo music on the web again, i had some news from you here and there. I've many clips to put on this site, but a little time to do that, i will try to put some next weeks.
At 6:11 on May 12, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Thanks for pointing that out Marc, I enjoyed listening to it. May I add my congrats to Gavin on his rendition. Beautifully done, and with picks if I'm not mistaken. This puts you up there with the best of 'em Gavin. Keep at it.
At 23:46 on May 12, 2009, Adam said…
Hi Marc ... I really like your video of Sunflower Dance ... Can you point me in the direction for finding the sheet music for that tune? Tab would work too.

Thanks very much,
Best,
Adam
At 5:06 on May 13, 2009, Adam said…
Thanks very much!
At 5:16 on September 27, 2009, Ray Jones said…
I have a couple of Mandolin Solos. Ninon by Ellis. Manhattan Cakewalk by Ellis and The Stars and Stripes Forever by you know who. Ray
At 8:43 on October 15, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Calm down mate, you'll have a siezure if you are not careful. You may be surprised to learn that there could have been as many as 5 or 6 blokes named Ernest Jones living in Wales at the time, and a few Ernest Smith's as well, I shouldn't wonder.
At 20:24 on October 15, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Oh, I see!!! I didn't realise that you were talking about " THE " John Smith, that's a different thing altogether. Best Wishes to thee.

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