A lovely little early fingerstyle composition for the banjo by Frank B. Converse, from his 1865 New and Complete Method for the Banjo With or Without a Master.
Fretless recording of an 1868 James Buckley finger style banjo arrangement of a tremendously popular song written in 1856 by Benjamin Hanby. [more inside]
Another Frank Converse tune on fretless banjo - this one from 1865. [more inside]
Yet another quick solo tune from Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855.
Usually heard as 'Charleston Gals' in old-time circles these days, this was originally a minstrel-era song. [more inside]
By G. Swain Buckley, 1860. Solo fretless banjo. [more inside]
A fun one by James Buckley, 1860. Solo gourd banjo, eAEG#B tuning. [more inside]
From Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855. [more inside]
I was tending a fire and playing my banjo outside when the geese decided to help. [more inside]
Not the old-time tune you may be thinking of. Fretless banjo with a percussion loop. (As it happens, Garageband's Jazz drum kit instrument has a rattle that sounds a lot like a jawbone.) [more inside]
A popular 19th century minstrel tune with fretless banjo, tambourine and vocals. (Different from the old-time tune by the same name, and not related to Old Joe Clark either.) Lyrics as recorded are not offensive.* [more inside]
Fretless minstrel banjo with guitar and percussion, from 1855. [more inside]
More fretless minstrel banjo, with tambourine and marginally played bones. This one is from Phil Rice's 1858 Method for Banjo With or Without A Master.
An elegantly arranged banjo piece composed by Frank B. Converse for his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method.
My first recording to share: this is the old-time banjo tune Spotted Pony, played on my new (to me) Bart Reiter fretless banjo, equipped with NylGut strings. Tuning is double-C.
(Jackson's Victory). Played on my fretless bowlback banjo, in double A.