Old Joe

A simple minstrel Banjo tune in D, from Briggs’ 1855 Banjo Instructor, played on a Jeff Menzies Gourd Banjo. Love that half rest after the first section!

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.