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History of the Banjo – Part 1 – Early stages

EARLY STAGES - by William Reese Banjos belong to a family of instruments that are very old. Drums with strings… Read More

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History of the Banjo – Part 2 – Minstrel Era

White men began using blackface as a comic gimmick before the American Revolution. The banjo became a prop for these… Read More

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History of the Banjo – Part 3 – THE FIFTH STRING

History of the Banjo - Part 3 - THE FIFTH STRING Joel Walker Sweeney of The Sweeney Minstrels, born 1810,… Read More

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Banjo History – Some important dates

SOME IMPORTANT DATES 1620- Explorer Richard Jobson mentions "gourd with neck and strings"in Africa1678- "Banza" noted in Martinique as played… Read More

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