Appalachian Banjo


North Carolina mountain banjo music photo, my dad Claude H. Queen with his first banjo handmade by John Dawson around 1928. Made from the poplar wood native to Western North Carolina and a Pilot Knob coffee bucket.This type of banjo making was common by the pioneers who adapted it from the African tradition of stringed music instruments and was hand made by southern Appalachian mountain families with varing approaches from the 1800's,onward and there are still a few craftsmen who specialize in making the traditional style fretless mountain banjos. This banjo along with 60 or so other old-time mountain musical instruments will be on display at the Mountain Heritage Museum at Western Carolina University. Hear banjo samples.

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