I'm about to do something only a handful of people have done. I'm one of three captains, or a crew of 12 that is going to take the paddlewheel Samuel Floyd from Jacksonville FL to Apalachacola via the intercoastal waterway of Florida. Since I'm going to be on a grand paddlewheel, I thought I'd try and learn a few banjo solos appropriate for playing on the Hurricane Deck (top of boat) when I'm not on pilotage. Any suggestions?
I picked up a 1920 Supertone Dixie Wonder banjo recently. Probably a more appropriate instrument than a Gibson/Yates/Huber quality/vintage. Fifth string tuner is a bit loose, but it holds a tune for a while.
The boat I'll be piloting can be read about here: ammfl.org and via web searches for paddlewheels Samuel Floyd and Jean Mary, her previous name. Journey begins early April.
If you want to play period pieces, you're looking at a wealth of music from the 19th century. This ranges from simple stroke-style to complex three-finger ragtime. You wouldn't be wrong to play such stuff as "Old Joe Clark" to "Boatman Dance" (or anything out of the early banjo tutors). Songs from Stephen Foster (Angelina Baker, Camptown Races, etc.) to popular stuff from the Civil War to later tunes like "The Man On The Flying Trapeze" and "The Cat Came Back". Moving to the 1880-1920 period, you're into more complex three-finger ragtime, marches, schottisches, etc.
Frankly, I'd stick to stroke style (essentially the granddaddy of clawhammer). Easier, shorter tunes...for the most part.
Otherwise, play what you like. The boat was built in the 1990s (former Jean Mary) and even if you're in full reenactor mode, virtually no-one will know what you're playing anyway...
Sounds like it'll be an enjoyable time. The only paddle wheelers I've ever been on, were much smaller ships [I assume] and shorter cruises..... afternoon or evening junkets on the Red River in Winnipeg, MB. globalnews.ca/news/2996049/the...s-rivers/ I always had a good time.... at least partially due to the young ladies I was with*.
* = lady / ladies ?? Let it be known, it was individually ... separate occasions.