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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:

Added by carrie horgan on September 1, 2021 at 17:19 — 5 Comments

Olly Oakley plays Gallopade

Amazing skills - haven't heard this one before, I think this a Cammeyer tune.

Added by carrie horgan on July 14, 2021 at 7:22 — 2 Comments

Herbert J Ellis Banjo Tutor

I am keen to find any recordings of the introductory exercises from Herbert J Ellis, that I heard my father play on his zither banjo, and attempted to learn myself. Unfortunately I don't know the names of these pieces.

Also interested in purchasing a good quality zither banjo. I am in Stratford-upon-Avon

Added by John King on July 11, 2021 at 9:52 — 5 Comments

Lonesome Mama Blues - Fred van eps

This is just one of my favorites of Fred Van Eps. Something about this song just speaks to me. Is there a score of his playing from this recording?

Added by Byron Thomas on December 21, 2020 at 18:00 — 6 Comments

7 String banjo sheet music

I've been playing around with a 7 string banjo for about 6 months now and I'm am now looking for some 7 string sheet music. I'm currently working through what is available for the scan of  Ellis' Thorough School for the 6 or 7 String Banjo which is missing pages but is still a pretty solid Tutor. I already found posting with The Devil Still Pursues Her and Horace Weston's Grand March which are both great pieces if anyone ever wants to tackle them on the 7. Grand March is looking to be a…


Added by Byron Thomas on December 14, 2020 at 16:08 — 23 Comments

SS Stewart on Ebay

Nice SS Stewart Universal Favourite on Ebay Uk - scale length is just over 27 inches according to seller

Added by carrie horgan on August 20, 2020 at 18:40 — 3 Comments

Ragging the Scale - Van Eps Banjo Orchestra

A different version of Ragging the Scale than the one in the Original Recordings library marked as Van Eps Banjo Orchestra.  I wonder who the other musicians were - sounds like plectrum or tenor banjo.

Added by carrie horgan on July 13, 2020 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Film release in all US from today!!

Hello everyone

I Introduce the movie.

Starting today in the United States

Trailer:scene I play the banjo

in the New York Times:…


Added by Samurai Banjo on July 9, 2020 at 22:03 — No Comments

Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield on banjo.  Wowzers.

Added by carrie horgan on July 4, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Clarke Buehling interview

Just thought I'd share this on a youtube site 'Old Time Central'.  He plays: Lone Star Quickstep, Hot Foot Ike cakewalk and a twisty tune I'm not familiar with, The Hartford Jig.

Added by carrie horgan on June 6, 2020 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Fretboard extensions

I'm in the market for a banjo with at least 24 or 25 frets. I've noticed fretboards extensions are usually only on professional instruments, with a few exceptions, which makes a lot of sense somewhat. I find if I had an…


Added by Jerron Paxton on May 21, 2020 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Brian Dingley

          Hi everyone.    I am sorry if this isnt the right place to say sad news, but I dont know how else to let everybody who knew Brian,  that he sadly died on Wednesday.

A big man with a big heart, so kind, generous and thoughtful I know he will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

                         Best wishes  to you all at this very difficult time 

                                        Sincerely    Jill…


Added by Jill Friendship on April 10, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Brian Dingley

            It is with great sadness I have to report that Brian Dingley passed away on Wednesday.   

           A big man with a big heart he will  be remembered for his talent, his generosity, and his enthusiasm for everything to do with the banjo.

Added by Jill Friendship on April 10, 2020 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

BMG Magazine collection for sale

I have sorted out my BMG collection and have a huge number of duplicates for sale.As follows,

1925 - 1929 x 48 (2 missing)

1930 - 1939 x 116 (4 missing)

1940 - 1949 x 108 (12 missing)

1950 - 1959 x 120

1960 - 1969 x 120

1970 - 1976 x  76

Please contact me for more details,

Keith Wilson

Added by Keith Wilson on February 11, 2020 at 14:18 — No Comments

Banjo auction

Following the sad death of Derek Hall (Kendall) just before Christmas, six top of the range classical banjos that I built for him will be coming up for auction soon.  If probate goes through the likely date will be 9th March and the auctioneers are at Crooklands near Kendall.  I can provide photos and info re the instruments if you would like to email me at  Typical examples are Whyte Laydie…


Added by David Stacey on January 23, 2020 at 11:32 — No Comments

1880s A Tilley banjo value

Would anyone have an idea of a half decent A tilley 5 strings value . One for sale here in Canada for 350 canadian. it had the first five frets replaced with a brass plate otherwise not bad. thinking it may be a good player for classic. 

Added by steve leuschner on January 9, 2020 at 0:46 — 9 Comments

Guage 20 Nylon Strings

Hi! Can anybody help please? I have trawled the internet for guage 20 nylon strings and can't find ANY! Nylon strings are hard to find and Andy banjo used to sell singles but no guage 20s anymore. Where have they gone? .... as part of a set or on their own they seem the best to me for 1st and 5th string Classic playing, so any help would be great!

Added by Daniel PEARCE on December 31, 2019 at 23:38 — 2 Comments

Nut Material

I need to change the nut on my Clifford Essex Professional. It currently has an ebony one but I'm not happy with the string spacing.

Would you replace with ebony or bone or perhaps something else?

Added by Andrew 'blind boy' Butler on November 19, 2019 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

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