Fremeaux’s Banjo Anthology

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Fremeaux and Associates, from France, has an outstanding catalogue of music from the southern U.S.  It’s refreshing to see southern old time music presented from the European perspective as one of the planet’s many fascinating ethnic music genres.  See also their “FOLKSONGS:  OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC 1926 – 1944

Check out the recordings their musicologists have selected for the banjo anthology below.

The view from France:

For over a century, the Banjo has always been a vital part of the musical history of North America. Its early history is represented in this 40 tracks boxset by banjo specialist Gérard de Smaele. These titles reflect the adventure of the United States of America in an outstanding anthropological topic, detailed in a 36 pages booklet with both French and English notes. From its African and European origins until the roots of the “Folk Revival”, a decisive entry into American culture and identity.
–Patrick Frémeaux

“Banjo: An American Five String History 1901-1956,” Fremeaux FA5179   Available here.

CD 1 : 1. PIDOUX JOHN : DARKEY’S DREAM (THOMAS J. ARMSTRONG) 2’38 • 2. FARLAND ALFRED A. : CARNIVAL IN VENICE (ZANI DE FARRANTI) 4’00 • 3. BACON FRED : OLD BLACK JOE (STEPHEN FOSTER) 3’16 • 4. VAN EPS FRED : COCOANUT DANCE (HERMAN, TOBANI) 3’04 • 5. OSSMAN SYLVESTER L “VESS” : RUSTY RAGS MEDLEY (UNKNOWN) 2’23 • 6. CAMMEYER ALFRED DAVIES & SHEAFF BERNARD : DANSE BIZARRE (CAMMEYER) 2’48 • 7. OAKLEY OLLY : ROMPING ROSSIE (MADELINE ROSSITER) 2’54 • 8. RESER HARRY : HEEBE JEEBES (HARRY RESER) 3’10 • 9. BURNETT RICHARD “DICK” : LADIES ON THE STREAMBOAT (UNKNOWN) 3’11 • 10. JENKINS FRANK : BABTIST SHOUT “SPANISH FANDANGO” (TRAD.) 2’47 • 11. MACON DAVID HARRISON “UNCLE DAVE” : TENNESSEE RED FOX CHASE (UNKNOWN) 3’17 • 12. MACON DAVID HARRISON “UNCLE DAVE” : RUN (UNKNOWN) 3’03 • 13. MCGEE BROTHERS (SAM, KIRK) : MILK COW BLUES (KOKOMO ARNOLD) 2’23 • 14. ASHLEY CLARENCE “TOM” : NAOMI WISE (TRAD.) 2’57 • 15. BEGLEY JUSTIS : THE GOLDEN WILLOW TREE (TRAD.) 4’17 • 16. BOGGS DOCK (MORLAN L.) : DANVILLE GIRL (TRAD.) 3’08 • 17. BOGGS DOCK (MORLAN L.) : OLD RUB ALCOHOL BLUES (TRAD.) 3’19 • 18. WILLIAMS WALTER : MUD FENCE (TRAD.) 1’50 • 19. SMITH HOBART : THE CUCKOO BIRD (TRAD.) 2’38 • 20. WILLINGHAM THADDEUS C. : ROLL ON THE GROUND (TRAD.) 3’14.
CD2 : 1. CRISP RUFUS : BALL AND CHAIN (TRAD.) 3’07 • 2. FRAZIER NATHAN : PO BLACK SHEEP (TRAD.) 3’12 • 3. LOWE CHARLIE : TATER PATCH (UNKNOWN) 1’54 • 4. SLAYDEN WILL : JOHN HENRY (TRAD.) 2’31 • 5. SMITH LUCIOUS : NEW RAILROAD (UNKNOWN) 3’14 • 6. STEELE PETE : COAL CREEK MARCH (PETER STEELE) 1’32 • 7. LUNSFORD BASCOM LAMAR : SWANNANOA TUNNEL (TRAD.) 3’42 • 8. KAZEE BUELL : OLD WHISKER, THE MOONSHINER (TRAD.) 3’18 • 9. WALSH DOCK : COME BATH IN THAT BEAUTIFULL POOL (UNKNOWN) 3’04 • 10. POOLE CHARLES CLEVELAND “CHARLIE” : DON’T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN (TRAD.) 2’54 • 11. POOLE CHARLES CLEVELAND “CHARLIE” (PIANO : LUCY TERRY) : DON’T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN MEDLEY (TRAD.) 3’19 • 12. CLARK BOB “BOSSIE” : ITALIAN MULAZICCI (UNKNOWN) 1’50 • 13. MONROE WILLIAM SMITH “ BILL” (BANJO : EARL SCRUGGS) : BLUEGRASS BREAKDOWN (BILL MONROE) 2’16 • 14. LYLE RUDY (THE BLUEGRASS BOYS) : WHITE HOUSE BLUES (WILBUR JONES) 2’17 • 15. STANLEY RALPH (THE STANLEY BROTHERS) : PRETTY POLLY (TRAD.) 2’53 • 16. SCRUGGS EARL (FLATT & SCRUGGS) : FLINT HILL SPECIAL (EARL SCRUGGS) 2’50 • 17. SEEGER PETER “PETE” : BABE O’MINE (SARAH OGAN GUNNING) 2’44 • 18. SEEGER PETER “PETE” : BLUE SKIES (IRVIN BERLIN) 2’23 • 19. SEEGER PETER “PETE” : LISTEN MR BILBO (BOB ET ADRIENNE CLAIBORNE) 2’0420. WARD WADE : OLD JOE CLARK (TRAD.) 0’53

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