The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #64836 Message #1062951
Posted By: Joybell
29-Nov-03 - 05:17 PM
Thread Name: banjolin/mandobaj?
Subject: RE: banjolin/mandobaj?
We call them Banjo-mandolins here as I understand they also do in England. I had one as my first instrument when I was 10, in 1955. There was a Banjo-mandolin group here in Victoria, Australia called The Victorian Banjo Club. Hundreds of us kids had them and we played at all kinds of venues including on the new television shows. They sounded quite horrible but they were durable and completely indestructable. Also we ex-Banjo Club musicians can still do a mean tremelo on a better sounding Mandolin and we knew our fingering. They gave a lot of us working-class kids our introduction to music and a chance to perform on the radio and television. Once we played on a real showboat on the river Yarra in Melbourne. It was night-time and the boat was strung with fairy lights. A magical experience that still makes me cry. Now I run a mile when someone tells me they found a strange little banjo in their attic, but I have fond memories of them none-the-less.