Nelly was a Lady

A simple but eloquent arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune, from James Buckley’s ‘New Banjo Guide’ of 1868, played fingerstyle. Annoying background noise provided by the dog.

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.