Bob Winans is a professor emeritus not only of English, but of banjo! Driven by the "need to know", Bob was one of the original pioneers researching the playing styles of early minstrels. But he has contributed far more than "just the facts." Bob's seminal recording of The Early Minstrel Show has made it possible for all of us to hear and understand a rich part of the history of the banjo.
Bob also gives us a personal tour of his fine collection of banjo artifacts including an Ashborn, a Teed and an 1860's all German Silver model that requires sunglasses just to view.
Greg Adams joins us in this conversation adding even more depth to the discussion... not to mention fun. Greg also demonstrates some fine old tunes from the Buckley manual (Japanese Grand March and Briggs' Jig). Played on period instruments, of course!
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