Cane Break Reel

A super-short but fun one from Frank Converse’s 1865 ‘Yellow book’, with parlor guitar, rhythm bones, and bass drum.

What Is This?

Long before jazz, old-time, or bluegrass, the banjo was associated with very different musical styles, now largely forgotten.

The music on this site is taken from (or inspired by) period sources from the 1800s through the early 1900s.