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Olly Oakley's Syncopated Five

I wonder has anyone come across the recordings by Olly Oakley's Syncopated Five.  Discogs has listed: The Vamp/Arabian Nights and By the Camp Fire/Sand-dunes (1920).…Continue

Started May 27, 2023

Zither-banjo with patented mute
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There is a Barnes and Mullins ZB with what the seller describes as a 'patented mute system' on Ebay UK.  I've not seen a mute lever on a banjo before.  Anyway, it may be of interest to someone…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Nov 26, 2023.

Nice zither Ebay UK
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Nice looking ZB on Ebay UK - I'm wondering who the maker is (anyone recognise the inlays?)…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jake Glanville Apr 2, 2023.

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carrie horgan replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Park Crescent March for Banjo, Banjeaurine, and Second Banjo
"Thanks Joel!"
carrie horgan commented on Rob Mairs's video

Kansas Jig - Banjo and Guitar Duet

"Great stuff - enjoying your videos of banjo/guitar duets.  Keep them coming."
Feb 7
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion G.R Spindler and his Mamelok Banjo Band
"Yes, I like the photos - nice bit of banjo/social history!  The multi-banjo arrangement of Palladium Rag is fun."
Jan 28
thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion G.R Spindler and his Mamelok Banjo Band
"Thank you so much Carrie!  This collection of tunes by people I have never heard of is excellent! The link to the MartinMichellsmicrophones is very interesting and has some great photos, one that stood out to me is of Frank Mitchell and…"
Jan 28
thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion G.R Spindler and his Mamelok Banjo Band
"Ah, the good old Georgia Medley!  That is a blast from the past :-) I did a set of lessons on this Morley piece ages ago, and my playing hasn't improved a bit since then. ;-)"
Jan 27
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Jan 27
carrie horgan replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion An interesting new banjo recording
"Yes, I follow him on youtube.  He mostly plays his own compositions. I like that he is doing his own thing on the banjo.  "
Jan 13
Jake Glanville left a comment for carrie horgan
"Hi Carrie!  Many thanks.  Good of you to reply so promptly.  Pity I missed out on the Temlett. Kindest Regards, Jake."
Jan 8
carrie horgan left a comment for Jake Glanville
"Hi Jake yes I sold it thanks Carrie"
Jan 8
Jake Glanville left a comment for carrie horgan
"Hi Carrie, For some strange reason that Temlett you had for sale in March popped up again. I assume you did actually sell it? If not, please contact me. Best Wishes, Jake."
Jan 7
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"Hi Carrie! For some reason I missed your question on Music Hall artifacts.  Alas, not a sausage!  But I did get a birthday prezzie from daughter Naomi and Grandson -a book on The Great Vance (recently published and very difficult to obtain…"
Nov 30, 2023
Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither-banjo with patented mute
"Hi Jake, Alfred Cammeyer did not land in England until 1888 so, no zither banjos before that time.  And only a couple were made in the US by Cammeyer before the move."
Nov 26, 2023
Jake Glanville replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither-banjo with patented mute
"Thanks Carrie, Once again a swift helpful response.  I think I'll go for restoring the old one.  It's the oldest ZB I've ever seen.  I think it must date from around 1880.  It has a lovely deep sound, but…"
Nov 25, 2023
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither-banjo with patented mute
"I would go with the one you like the best - maybe one just nudges it.  I did try a Cammeyer Vibrante once but found it too heavy!  As I get older, I appreciate lighter, pick-up-and-play banjos.  "
Nov 25, 2023
Jake Glanville replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither-banjo with patented mute
"Thanks Carrie.  My banjo situation is exactly the same. Also I'm running out of space and I have to decide whether to restore a very old ZB (one of those 'English Dobsons' as I call them '...kind of copied in…"
Nov 24, 2023
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither-banjo with patented mute
"Yes, sadly I can't give this nice ZB a home either.   I have now run out of space and can't afford to buy anymore.  Caveat: for now!  "
Nov 24, 2023

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Bill Evans plays 'Ballad No. 1' (Cammeyer)  

He has recorded this on his latest album: 'The Banjo in America'.

Posted on February 11, 2023 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

The Wayne Adams Old Classic Banjo Collection

Many CB players will already be aware of this but this has recently been released on CD.  I know many of these tunes are in the Original Recordings archive and elsewhere but it's good to see this being released. …


Posted on January 4, 2023 at 18:58

Fred and George Van Eps: profiles in jazz

Fred and George Van Eps are featured in September issue of The Syncopated Times - it's well worth subscribing to The Syncopated Times if you are interested in early jazz and ragtime:

Posted on September 1, 2021 at 17:19 — 5 Comments

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 19:03 on February 5, 2014, Alan Sims said…

hI Carrie , I realized after I asked you ,but that would be great . my email is

At 11:33 on February 6, 2014, Alan Sims said…

Thank you Carrie. I have put it in my learning folder.Have you tried zither banjo schottische .The tab is in library under David Wade nice tune and not to hard to play .

At 19:56 on March 10, 2015, Keith Wilson said…
Hello Carrie, Just watched your video, playing "The Jubillee".
Your playing sounds very tasteful on my old Stewart Banjeurine,
I recently sold it to Kevin @ Findajo !
At 18:45 on November 8, 2017, IAN SALTER said…

Hi Carrie,

I have really enjoyed playing stroke style from the Briggs' book on my tackhead but I'm finding the classic style much more satisfying, even at this very early stage. I'm taking it very slowly, working from 'Ellis's Thorough School' and as I'm retired, I have plenty of time to practice. I really do appreciate your offer of help.

If you, or any fellow players live near me and might fancy meeting up occasionally, please message me. I live near Eastbourne, East Sussex. I also travel to Oxfordshire every couple of weeks for a camping weekend so I could make a brief detour.

Best wishes, Ian.

At 16:48 on January 27, 2019, Clarke Buehling said…

Hi Carrie.

I started a msg to you, but my finger hit a button somewhere...away it went. You mentioned you liked City Point Jig. If you would like a copy I can send it or post it on this site somewhere. It's in "A" notation. Clarke

At 16:13 on April 24, 2019, Grace van't Hof said…

Thanks for the kind words, Carrie! I'm really enjoying getting to know this music so far!

At 14:10 on February 2, 2020, Jim lee said…
Hi carrie..just to say I contacted John alvey Turners and they do supply and fit calfskin vellums......just wanted to say thank you..Regards Jim
At 9:23 on May 9, 2022, nick stephens said…

Howdy Carrie, nice to meet you on Saturday, you should have done a couple of tunes for us, I cant stop myself from playing, I guess I am an old ham ! cheers, Nick.

At 20:00 on December 4, 2022, Jake Glanville said…

Hello Carrie,

Thanks once again for your comment.

Yes,  The Buddy Bolden 'cylinder' was my masterpiece.  I cobbled together the sound of a blank wax cylinder at 80 rpm added to Humph playing Make Me A Pallet On The Floor from a BBC Radio programme called Buddy Bolden's Blues recorded many years ago. Humph and his band were trying to re-create the Buddy Bolden sound, and to my mind they did a very good job.  Of course I had to tell jazzers I'd faked it in the end!

Me too re Rob MacKillop.  It was only when I saw an early Youtube clip of his that I realised it was Classic banjo I'd been trying to play all these years.  I must emphasise that despite the time-span I remain a pretty rubbish player.  My nickname of 'Black Jake Two Fingers' goes back about 50 years to a concert at what is now Norwich Puppet Theatre, and they were trying to think what name to give me.  One of the members of Cosmetheka (I think) who were the main attraction, suggested that because of my limited two finger style of banjo playing that's what I should be called.

Yes, I agree most of my English banjo-playing friends like to emulate American Old Time, but thankfully there are people like you around!  Not that I have anything against American Old Time.

I did go to one of the banjo meets in Derbyshire but my health deteriorated and I was unable to travel to any further ones.

I've just ordered a couple of Olly Oakley 78's.  In the meantime I've got a lovely old Clifford Essex ZB to restore.  Hope I don't make a hash of it!

Look forward to your next Youtube clip.

Kindest Regards,

Black Jake.

At 21:46 on March 11, 2023, Jake Glanville said…

Hello again, Carrie,

I know you are interested in the Music Hall.  Family legend has it that my distant relative Alfred Glanville Vance (name regularly mis-spelled including Wikipedia), aka 'The Great Vance' played a Temlett ZB shortly before his death on stage at The Sun Music Hall in 1888.  I would love to have this confirmed as I'm the only family member left who knows about this story.

I am attempting to discover all I can about the English Zither-Banjo before it is to late.  I also have what I believe to be the oldest English ZB known to still exist -it's very like a Dobson with wood screws to tension the vellum.

Any comments much appreciated.

Black Jake of Norwich.

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