I love my gourd banjo, even though I don’t play it as much as I’d like.
My instrument was made by Flatfoot Johnny who works in South London. He uses lots of reclaimed materials for his instruments and I have several. You can check him out here – https://www.flatfootjohnny.com
The tunes are very common in the minstrel tradition and date from the middle of the nineteenth century.
I performed these pieces as part of my presentation The Banjo’s Journey at The Traditions Festival in 2017.