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Playing Since: 1975
Experience Level: Purty Good

[Teaching] [Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]

Occupation: Performer/Edu-tainer/Researcher/Consultant

Gender: Male
Age: 65

My Instruments:

  • Copy of early 1900s Vega Whyte Laydie 5-string banjo, made by Swank of Maryland, circa 1990.

  • 5-string banjeaurine, made by Saga, circa 2002

  • Replica of 4-string fretless gourd banjo seen in 1780s painting "The Old Plantation," made by John Steven Foster of Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1999.

  • Wurlitzer banjo-guitar, circa late 1910s- early 1920s, probably made by Harmony.

  • Vega Little Wonder tenor banjo, 1927.

  • Weymann banjo-mandolin, circa 1930s.

  • No-name banjo-uke, circa 1950s.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Too many to list ;-)

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Created 3/6/2007
Last Visit 12/30/2014

Since 1980 I've been studying and playing different styles of trad music ranging from old-time and blues to Tejano and Jewish klezmer on a variety of instruments. As an independent ethno-organologist, I research and write about music and music instrument traditions the world over throughout history. At present, my life is pretty much given over to researching and writing about the history of the banjo, its origins as an Afro-Creole/African American folk lute in the Caribbean during the 17th century, and its roots in the family of some 67 plucked spike lute traditions found throughout West Africa.

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