Hard Times

From Briggs’ Banjo Instructor, 1855. Another one of those tunes you can’t stop playing once it gets under your skin.

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.