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The birth of the banjo; Joel Walker Sweeney and early minstrelsy.


The birth of the banjo; Joel Walker Sweeney and early minstrelsy.

Carlin, Bob.

McFarland & Co.


193 pages




Carlin traces the origins of minstrelsy and how Joel Walker Sweeney, an Irish American, brought banjo music to the genre. He aims to rectify the omission of his contributions in previous studies, provide a biography of his life and list of known appearances, and examine his role in the development of the banjo and its introduction to America and Great Britain. He also debunks the myth that Sweeney added the fifth string to the instrument. Carlin, a musician and writer, is the author of String Bands in the North Carolina Piedmont.

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