Old Zip Coon

Another simple but elegant arrangement from the 1855 Briggs Banjo Instructor. Known nowadays as ‘Turkey in the Straw’.

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.