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STILL MORE BANJERS

WATAUGA COUNTY MOUNTAIN BANJOS

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Brothers under the skin.

From the left. Frank Proffitt, Jr, with Ellis Wolfe (9.3.1994). Frank Proffitt (3.24.1964). Frank Proffitt (1964). Leonard Glenn (6.18.1973). Frank Proffitt, Jr, with Clifford Glenn (5.28.1996). This is what banjers are all about: regardless of resemblances, each is a distinct soul. [You can hear the two Proffitt, Seniors, head-to-head on Waiting for Nancy, track 3, and the Leonard Glenn on Down the Road, track 7, 'The Ways of the World.']

The banjers above represent an important type of folk instrument from western North Carolina. Centered around Beech Mountain in Watauga County this tradition is documented from at least the early 20th century. I have put together a checklist for those who may have one of these banjers. There may be much to learn about the development of these instruments and the relationships among the various makers. I would appreciate you taking the time to download the form, complete it, and return it to me at the address below. You may identify yourself or choose to remain anonymous. In either case, rest assured you are the protector of a genuine treasure of American folk art.

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Checklist p.1 (Click to enlarge.)

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Checklist p2 (Click to enlarge.)

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