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The Chesapeake Minstrels

The Chesapeake Minstrels were formed in 1982 by George Weigand and comprises musicians sharing a common enjoyment in performing American music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Weigand has played 'classic' five-string banjo both with ragtime ensembles and with his wife, Rose, playing piano. The Chesapeake Minstrels is the realisation of his idea for an ensemble to perform this music in genuine period style. All of the instruments used are 19th and early 20th century originals or of the same type in use then. The banjos are all open-back, gut-strung originals played finger-style. The banjorine is a small five-string banjo tuned a 4th or 5th higher than the ordinary banjo and often used as a melodie instrument. In keeping with the practice of musicians of the time, some improvisation (though less than in jazz) has been incorporated into these performances. All arrangements are by George and Rose Weigand.

Albums
'Creole Belles' (CDH88009)
Creole Belles
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Complete works available for download
DANIEL DECATUR EMMETT  (1815-1904)
Dixie's Land with George Weigand (conductor)
STEPHEN FOSTER  (1826-1864)
Gentle Annie with George Weigand (conductor)
Jeanie with the light brown hair with George Weigand (conductor)
My old Kentucky home, good night with George Weigand (conductor)
Plantation Medley with George Weigand (conductor)
Some folks with George Weigand (conductor)
LOUIS MOREAU GOTTSCHALK  (1829-1869)
Creole Medley with George Weigand (conductor)
Pasquinade 'Caprice', RO189 Op 59 with George Weigand (conductor)
SCOTT JOPLIN  (1868-1917)
Bethena 'A Concert Waltz' with George Weigand (conductor)
Maple Leaf Rag with George Weigand (conductor)
JENS BODEWALT LAMPE  (1869-1929)
Creole Belles with George Weigand (conductor)
NIEL MORET  (1878-1943)
Hiawatha Rag with George Weigand (conductor)
LEWIS F MUIR  (?-?)
Waiting for the Robert E Lee with George Weigand (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Bethena 'A Concert Waltz' (Joplin/Weigand)
Creole Belles (Lampe/Weigand)
Creole Medley (Gottschalk/Weigand)
Dixie's Land (Emmett/Weigand)
Gentle Annie (Foster/Weigand)
Hiawatha Rag (Moret/Weigand)
Jeanie with the light brown hair (Foster/Weigand)
Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin/Weigand)
My old Kentucky home, good night (Foster/Weigand)
Pasquinade 'Caprice', RO189 Op 59 (Gottschalk/Weigand)
Plantation Medley (Foster/Bland/Anon/Weigand)
Some folks (Foster/Weigand)
Waiting for the Robert E Lee (Muir/Weigand)
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