In their new land, some of the lyrics were updated, you know, to refer the new locations and the occupations that settlers had in America.
But at the same time, lots of ballads were still about castles and royalty, lords and ladies, stuff like that, which is what they were about originally.
Okay. And was that some sort of banjo I saw on stage during the performance?
Yes, we are lucky that one of our students, Stewart Telford, has a 19th-century banjo, a real antique.
He’s able to play in most of the traditional styles.
Did you know that banjos are of African-American origin and that settlers in Appalachia adopted banjos for their folk music?
They became very common in traditional Appalachian music along with guitars and violins, of course.
But if you want to learn about that banjo, talk to Stewart.
That’s great, Miss Harper. Thanks a lot.
Now, can you recommend any sources where I could look up more about this?
Sure, I have a great book, a student has it today, but you can borrow it tomorrow if you’d like.