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Who was, or is, Banjo Paterson?

Posted by kc8tby on Saturday, December 11, 2010

I guess I should know the answer to this question but I readily confess my ignorance when it comes to knowing much of anything about Australian musicians.Who, exactly, is (or was?) Banjo Paterson and, more importantly, did (or does) he really play the banjo?

It seems as though I keep hearing his name, or reading his name, in the oddest of places.  I recently saw an advertisement for "authentic Australian bush style hats" in the Smithsonian Magazine, and one of the hats advertised was said to be "the same hat that Banjo Paterson wore!"

I remember reading a fantastic novel by the famous author James A. Michner , entitled THE DRIFTERS, a few years back.  In that book the author introduces each chapter with various quotations, poems, lyrics, etc. from various sources. You guessed it!  Before one of the chapters Michner has a lengthy bit of lyrics from a folk song penned by none other than the man himself,  Banjo Paterson!

So, being the aspiring banjo player that I am, and being ever the inquisitive lad I claim to be, I would like to know who, exactly, is / was Banjo Paterson and if he did, indeed, actually play the banjo?

Now wouldn't it be funny if he was actually a member of this site?  :)




1 comment on “Who was, or is, Banjo Paterson?”

5strings3picks1banjo Says:
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @6:27:00 AM

This is how he got his name Banjo. It is very possible that he did actually play a banjo but I have not find that information to date.
In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of "The Banjo", the name of a favourite horse.

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