"Ability to play the banjo soon places one in a social position to pick and choose from scores of social invitations. Everywhere, the banjoist is assured of a hearty welcome..."

from THE BANJO, a 1927 pamphlet published by Gibson, Inc.

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Old Time String Bands

And here is the old time banjo in it's natural setting.  I'll bet you can't sit down for these awesome clips.  Be sure to click on through to their YouTube channels to find many more great videos.

Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers
Ralph Blizard, fiddle ~ Gordy Hinners, banjo ~ Phil Jamison, guitar ~ John Herrmann, bass

Ratchet Mountain Rock Farmers
Rachel Eddy, fiddle ~ Hilarie Burhans, banjo ~ Mark Hellenberg, banjo uke ~ Bill Dudley, guitar ~ Stuart Kenney, bass

Reed Island Rounders

Donna the Buffalo with Richie Stearns

Orpheus Supertones