A.L. Camp Plays the Banjo

A.L. Camp Plays the Banjo

Archibald L. Camp FW03525 / FG 3525

Archibald Camp had been playing the banjo for 70 years when he wrote to Folkways Records in January 1961, offering a tape of his banjo playing for their consideration. Camp was one of the few remaining five-string banjo players who remembered the original arrangements, and he feared that this old music would be lost forever unless he recorded them. In this significant album Camp revived fifteen of the twenty banjo solos from memory.

Liner notes include a copy of Camp’s letter, his autobiography, notes on banjo listening, and an introduction to the country music in the Folkways catalog.

Year Released 1965
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1965 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar; Piano
Subject(s) Banjo music; Clog dancing; Folk songs--United States; Marches; Polka (Dance); Reels (Music); Schottisches; Waltz

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101 Jumping Jacks Archibald L. Camp 2:53
102 Golden Bell Polka Archibald L. Camp 2:29
103 Watch Hill March Archibald L. Camp 3:25
104 The Darkie's Awakening Archibald L. Camp 2:55
105 Mount Gretna March Archibald L. Camp 2:56
106 The Darktown Cakewalk Archibald L. Camp 2:35
107 Light and Gay Polka Archibald L. Camp 2:35
108 Silver Crown Schottish Archibald L. Camp 2:39
109 Ciri-biri-bin Waltz Archibald L. Camp 2:35
201 The Frogville Band Archibald L. Camp 2:33
202 Mocking Bird - Mockingbird - Listen to the Mocking Bird - Listen to the Mockingbird Arr. by A. L. Camp Archibald L. Camp 2:26
203 Little Toy Train Archibald L. Camp 1:19
204 Dixie - Chicken Reel Archibald L. Camp 1:25
205 Beautiful Dreamer Archibald L. Camp 1:37
206 Banjo Sketch Archibald L. Camp 1:10
207 The Jersey Carnival March Archibald L. Camp 2:42
208 Dance of the Fireflies Archibald L. Camp 3:24
209 Serenade of the Mandolins Archibald L. Camp 2:23
210 Dance of the Wooden Dolls Archibald L. Camp 2:48
211 Jumping Jacks Archibald L. Camp 2:27
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