[Dixielandjazz] What is a banjo?

Arnold Day arnieday at optonline.net
Sat Mar 5 07:44:28 PST 2005

Aye lad, they say the bagpipes sound best in the distance. I think 
Scotland is just about the right distance.

Bill Gunter wrote:

> Hello all,
> Pat Ladd writes (regarding the rhythmic nature of the 5 string banjo):
>> so rythmic in fact that the British Army Infantry used it to keep the 
>> step and lead the singing on route marches.
>> Particularly on the long marches in India according to Kipling, see 
>> Plain Tales from the Hills, Departmental Ditties etc.,
> I suppose that if one can dance to it (and one surely can) then one 
> can march to it and even sing in cadence.
> I suppose if the Scots can use bagpipes for this purpose then one 
> could surely use a 5-string banjo!
> I've not heard this particular combination, but I can imagine it would 
> be wonderful, evocative sound. I'm referring to a concert featuring 
> the bagpipes and 5-string banjo.  I'll wager grown men would weep!
> Respectfully submitted,
> Bill "Grinnin' and Pickin'" Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
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