Monday, 30 August 2010

Bits’n’Pieces 3

A very old film today – 1928 – of Uncle John Scruggs who, according to an unsubstantiated Wikipedia entry “ …. was an American banjo player, born a slave. There exists video of him performing the folk ballad “Little Log Cabin Round the Lane” in a minstrel style. The footage was taken by the Fox Movietone News, in Powahatan, VA on November 8, 1928. Uncle John Scruggs played 5-string banjo in the traditional clawhammer style. There are no other known recordings of his music.”

Here we have that film.

Little Log Cabin the Lane                  Uncle John Scruggs

Thank you, John.

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