Old Joe

A popular 19th century minstrel tune. Banjo arrangement more or less from Briggs’ 1855 Banjo Instructor. Lyrics somewhat sterilized, although this particular song is not as bad as many.

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.