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Stephen B. Clements
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Just finished another research project that made the last week or so of lock-down go by faster. Thought I'd share with my fellow CB enthusiasts : Stephen B. ClementsClassic Banjoist and Recording…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Apr 30.

Cullen and Collins
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In a Discussion posted a few years ago, it was apparent very little was known about Cullen and Collins. After some investigation, here is their story. The banjo partnership is described, and other…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 16.

Latest Banjo Project
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I haven't been on site much for a while. As some may know, hand issues have reduced my practise time and playing proficiency.As a diversion - with little knowledge and even fewer skills - I began…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 13, 2019.

Ossman Plays “A Gay Gossoon”
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According to the 1910 census info posted by Marc recently, Ossman had some Irish on his…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 17, 2016.

 

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Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"Hi Tony : For a first foray into UK genealogical records, things have gone well. Finding Dorothy's occupation as music teacher was an unexpected but welcome bonus, reinforcing the notion this is the right Bassett household. Bert was apparently…"
Sep 9
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"Reviewing my five sets of records mentioned above, I see there is just one Bassett household with an Albert T, b. c.1894, and having one brother, no other siblings. This narrows the field about as well as one can expect. The family info is as…"
Sep 8
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"Tony and Richard : Thanks for posting your wealth of information. From 1901 and 1911 census records I found five families with an Albert Basset  born in London c.1894. Subsequent census records, (unavailable through my source), would…"
Sep 8
Shawn McSweeny replied to TONY BRYAN's discussion BERT BASSETT
"A few lines in the March 1910 Issue of The Cadenza (America's BMG) state " Master Bert Bassett, "the boy banjoist" of London, England, is filling many engagements at swell functions in "the big town across the water".…"
Sep 8
Shawn McSweeny commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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DESERT TRAIL

"Late to the party.  Wonderful performance and great tone !  Interesting discussion too."
Aug 11
Shawn McSweeny commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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Nola (Banjo Dance)

"Sensational !!  Every measure was a pleasure ! "
Jul 25
Shawn McSweeny replied to carrie horgan's discussion Soliloquy (Paul Eno)
"Carrie : Why not contact soloist Becky Schneider for the score? She is a CB Ning member and also the ABF librarian. She likely has a copy in C notation and would be pleased to share with an ABF member."
Jun 7
Shawn McSweeny and Trapdoor2 are now friends
Jun 4
Shawn McSweeny replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"Richard, thanks for following up and posting the score cover. M. Witmark & Sons, one of America's largest publishers of popular music at the time, also published Ossman's "New Gaiety"  banjo arrangement in 1895 (for…"
Jun 1
Shawn McSweeny replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"Richard, does the FVE ms. have it right? Laurendeau sounds similar to Durandeau, but the former's first name was Louis-Philippe, while the published Ossman solo and piano acc. both cite as composer a Durandeau with first initials…"
May 31
Shawn McSweeny replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"Thanks Satoshi and Ian for posting these publications. Joel, below are the first couple of measures of the piano accompaniment to Ossman's "New Gaiety" arrangement. The piano score is in F, so it looks like the key of D banjo solo in…"
May 30
Shawn McSweeny commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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Smiler Rag

"Mighty Fine !!!"
May 19
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Stephen B. Clements
"Hi Marc;  I thought of the strains in the score in this way : the first 16 measures as a long Intro, followed by a conventional AA BB A CC.  The odd middle strain in G is an outlier in also lacking the "dance" rhythms of the…"
Apr 30
Trapdoor2 replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Stephen B. Clements
"Nicely done Shawn! I find it amusing that we chose exactly the same tempo. Musescore had some issues with transposing the strain in G for some reason. It helps me a lot to compare your transposition to mine. That strain (starting with m28) sounds…"
Apr 30
Shawn McSweeny replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Stephen B. Clements
"Hi Marc, most of the recording isn't the clearest and I was able to follow just the closing two strains (D and G; C and F on the score). Here's the full score in C notation, including the middle strain in G."
Apr 29
Trapdoor2 replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Stephen B. Clements
"Very cool, Joel. I've got the first strain keyed in and I can tell you that it is the same piece.  It has 3 keys, Shawn, so I think it should be C (A & B parts), G (C part) and F (D part)...I think!"
Apr 29

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At 2:50pm on February 19, 2014, thereallyniceman gave Shawn McSweeny a gift
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I would like to send Shawn all my thanks for the "LOAD" of work he has done and information and photos he has provided for the recent site upgrade. So everyone, let's give a BIG THANK YOU to Shawn!
At 4:39 on January 21, 2016, Peter LaBau said…

Hi Shawn- sorry to be slow to respond, I only check in here once in a while, all the while knowing I need to do it more frequently! Thanks so much for your note, and it's so nice to know that something I did affected you in a such a positive way. In answer to your question- yes, I have the banjo Doug did for me all those years ago- in fact, he did the banjo twice for me. Th original inlay patterns he did on the fingerboard had to be thrown away- the fret scale was off, and it never played in tune. As beautiful as it was, I had to replace the fingerboard, and in so doing I went from a flat board to a radiused one, which is what I have on all my instruments now. The flat inlays couldn't be moved over, so for the longest time, I had just the pear bars that descended from the nut, and the rest of the board was just blank. Two years ago, I sent the banjo neck back to Doug to have him add bars up at the top of the board, and add in some position markers in between. Here's what it looks like now:

 The pot is a 1910's Tubaphone- 11-1/2" diameter, and the neck is a 28" scale. I have another pot like this that I'm having Kevin Enoch make a new neck for- I'll use that one for raised "D" bass- I use two banjos when I perform- I find that retuning just one instrument never works out real well- the bass string keeps changing after changing pitches. You're Canandian, right? Toronto? It would be fun to meet up one day- I'll hope that might happen. All the best to you- Peter

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