Briggs Corn Shucking Jig & Joel Sweeny’s Jig

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 –

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.