African banjo echoes in Appalachia : a study of folk traditions / Cecelia Conway.

"Throughout the Upland South, the banjo has become an emblem of white mountain folk, who are generally credited with creating the short-thumb-string banjo, developing its downstroking playing styles and repertory, and spreading its influence to the national consciousness. In this groundbreaking...

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Main Author: Conway, Cecelia (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1995]
Series:Publications of the American Folklore Society. New series (Unnumbered)
Holy Cross Note:"4th printing, 2012" -- Title page verso.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Griots of piedmont North Carolina and portrait of songster Will Baldwin
  • Signifying at the crossroads : African-American traditions of the folk banjo
  • The ritual of minstrelsy : some were buffoons, but others were apprentices
  • Mountain echoes of the African banjo
  • The banjo : its changing form, construction, and use
  • The transmission of playing methods and tunings
  • The banjo song genre : Dink Roberts' man-against-the-law songs
  • Garfield : man against the law, but a man with a community
  • Conclusion.