My first banjo book has just emerged into the light. It consists of 27 tunes from 19th-century sources.
Check the info, contents and some samples HERE
It comes with a CD of my performances on a gut-strung banjo, played with the flesh of the fingers (not metal picks). The sound is very different from the banjo of today, but the music can be played on modern banjos. Some great music in there!
From the publicity blurb:
Here is the Forgotten Heritage: Great Banjo Music!
Discover the birth of the American fingerstyle banjo in this collection of 28 of the finest tunes culled from banjo publications between 1860 and 1887. Learn amazing banjo music by some of the early leading players, James Buckley, Albert Baur, and the great Frank B. Converse, the greatest virtuoso of his day. From folk-style dances to parlor dances such as the Polka, Mazurka and Schottische, to advanced Romantic-period classical-style solos.
Can be played on modern banjos or period-style instruments. The CD recording by Rob MacKillop features a gut-strung banjo, and is played with the flesh of the fingertips, in the old American tuning. For modern instrument players, Rob has provided TAB and a Standard Notation stave at modern banjo pitch. Clawhammer players will find many of the pieces in the book suitable for their technique, and bluegrass/fingerstyle players will be able to play all the pieces.
Rob MacKillop provides a fascinating introductory essay, placing the music in its historical context, while his CD of performances can be viewed as a stand-alone recording by a leading player in the revival of this great American banjo heritage.