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Posted by Mark Ralston on Thursday, March 26, 2009

 Some time ago there was a thread on BHO about old recordings to which I contributed a comment about having an old, Edison 78 (one of the really thick ones) of Fred Van Eps playing a "Dixie Medley" on banjo.  I commented something to the effect that Van Eps had a "machine-gun tenor" style of playing.  Someone here corrected me that Van Eps played a 3-finger style, but I did retain a mental image of Van Eps as being from the early dawn of the banjo era.  Maybe not a contemporary of Sweeney, but from "way back yander".

Linda and I went to an antique co-op last weekend, found this interesting 3-record 78 RPM set:


 Haven't listened to it yet...... recorded tunes are 4 rags, "Bolero", and "Nola".


3 comments on “Old-Timey”

Brentk5s Says:
Thursday, March 26, 2009 @5:34:40 AM

What a find.  I would love to hear that.

frailin Says:
Thursday, March 26, 2009 @5:56:53 AM


Pepper Laing Says:
Thursday, March 26, 2009 @6:45:41 AM

I think his statement is wrong about the origins not being from africa. Sweeney only advanced the banjo by putting on a 5th string. It`s like saying the automobile wasn`t created by so and so, because it didn`t have windows, or an electric starter etc... Anyway looks like a good find! A banjo is a banjo regardless of how many strings or how you prefer to play it. I`d love to hear some of this album.

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