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Frufru banjo by Brits

Jan Wien

Two recordings on zither banjo by a turn of the century British virtuoso named Jan Wien, courtesy of the zither-banjo web site:

Valse Gaiete

Hungarian Rhapsody

Joseph Bull

And more by an opera banjo player named Joseph Bull:

Handy Jack

Intermezzo from “Cavalieria Rusticanain”


And while you are enjoying the music, here is something whacky.

W. G. Underwood plays banjo with his teeth

W.G. Underwood, a sailor on board H.M.S. Calypso has adopted a new style of playing the banjo aloft while hanging by his teeth. He tells me (editor Emile Grimshaw) that the tune he was playing when this photograph was taken was “Lenton Waltz”. He also says that “although a simple tune, it always goes down well when played in this manner at a height of twenty feet.

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