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...
University of Tennessee Press,
|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