Lilly Polka

An early finger style banjo piece By Frank B. Converse, from his 1865 “New and Complete Method for the Banjo With or Without a Master” (The “green book.”)

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.