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Xmas is coming....
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What a bumper year for classic banjo with the Morley Project album release by Aaron Jonah Lewis: …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 3, 2019.

Alternative to Chris Sands strings
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I've previously used Chris Sands nylon strings but I can't find them now.  I have one set of mediums left but I think my current ones are Chris Sands lights. I tried to restring with Clifford Essex…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Nov 1, 2019.

Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
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Hello - just asking for help on alternate picking in Queen of the Burlesque. In the first measure, there are two triplets and I am finding the fingering difficult on the second one.  The section I am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Jun 25, 2019.

One for the smokers...
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I am really enjoying reading the old BMG's.  Apparently the staff of BMG were very impressed with this 'ingenious device' and bought a stockpile to sell to readers for a shilling each (BMG 1918 05) -…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand May 4, 2019.

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carrie horgan commented on IAN SALTER's video


"p.s the Grimshaw 'How to Excel' exercises are a good source of tuneful short pieces.  Rob Mackillop recorded a number of videos demonstrating some of these exercises.  "
Jan 12
carrie horgan commented on IAN SALTER's video


"Sorry to hear that, Ian - that must be very hard.  The banjo has always been a friend to me during tough times. Re zither intonation problems, sometimes it can be that the tuners are loose if it goes out-of-tune (once the nylon strings have…"
Jan 12
carrie horgan commented on IAN SALTER's video


"It's nice that you have some history to your zither.  I think I will continue to use my CE Special for ragtime as it has a dry, snappier sound whereas the zither is more suitable for slower, expressive pieces.  I must admit I find my…"
Jan 11
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Old Crow Rag (1909)...George Botsford.
"That's a great tune.  I love that cover art as well."
Jan 11
carrie horgan commented on IAN SALTER's video


"Nice playing - the Wilmshurst zither has a sweet sound!"
Jan 11
carrie horgan commented on carrie horgan's video

'The Thriller Rag (classic banjo)

"Thanks Ian - a Happy New Year to you and your family! "
Jan 4
thereallyniceman commented on carrie horgan's video

'The Thriller Rag (classic banjo)

"I don't know how I missed this Carrie... too much Christmas cheer, I guess! Excellent performance indeed... you are getting really good! A delight to hear this great tune and the "Special" sounding so nice."
Jan 3
carrie horgan replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion Possible Clifford Essex?
"Congratulations on your find.  Looks really nice and look forward to hearing a sound sample.  I was tempted by this one - am sure you won't have any trouble selling it on should you choose to :) I need to stop looking on Ebay - today…"
Dec 30, 2019
carrie horgan commented on carrie horgan's video

'The Thriller Rag (classic banjo)

"Thanks Steve.  Your arrangement works well for fingerstyle banjo.  I haven't had any luck finding actual banjo compositions by women so piano compositions are the next best thing!  I will check out your other arrangements. …"
Dec 27, 2019
Steve Harrison commented on carrie horgan's video

'The Thriller Rag (classic banjo)

"Hi Carrie, Well done, that was a very good performance of one of the best pieces of ragtime music. Aufderheide deserves more recognition for her compositions. I suppose being a women in what was then a man's domain hasn't…"
Dec 26, 2019
carrie horgan replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Essex and Cammeyer Banjo and Zither Banjo Tutor
"Thanks for making this available, Joel.  I have always been curious about this tutor.  It came up on Ebay UK once but I missed it!  "
Dec 23, 2019
carrie horgan replied to IAN SALTER's discussion STARTING AGAIN.
"Welcome back, Ian.  I will be interested to hear your progress (and what your Wilmshurst zither banjo sounds like!). I have also started playing the 5string again after a break.  I have a list of tunes I would like to learn but also am…"
Dec 22, 2019
Aaron Jonah Lewis and carrie horgan are now friends
Dec 12, 2019
carrie horgan replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Touring in the UK
"Hey Aaron Might be worth letting the folks here know: I hope you come to lovely Norwich - I recently saw Alison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves here (the gig was organised by Corncutter…"
Dec 12, 2019
carrie horgan commented on Paul Draper's video

Creole Belles.

"Really enjoyed that.  I might have to give that one a go - looks tricky though!"
Dec 6, 2019
carrie horgan replied to nick stephens's discussion well, how should my banjo sound ?
"Hello Nick.  Happy to join in and give feedback.   I think the Weavers have a 'dry' sound with a strong bass - more plunky.  The whyte ladie banjo will have a brighter-tone.  A tubaphone would have even more resonance…"
Dec 6, 2019

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Hello again...and some playlists

I have been a way for a while - I got distracted trying to learn some AJ Weidt pieces on the tenor banjo - but I now have the itch to start playing the 5-string banjo again.   

I thought I'd share some Playlists I created on YouTube for Sunday listening/watching:

Here is another one which is more ragtime…


Posted on November 5, 2017 at 9:00

The Bell Chimes

A pretty little tune - this is the Herbert J Ellis version (but with the Dobson intro).  Hope you like this one, Ian (our resident Bell Ringer)

Edit by Ian:

I have added a Music player for Carrie's recording.

Very nice indeed Carrie, and a nice sounding banjo too. You sound better than my Handbell Ringing Team…


Posted on November 1, 2014 at 15:00 — 8 Comments

Comment Wall (6 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!

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