Whistling Rufus

This enormously popular song was composed by Kerry Mills in 1899 and is performed here as a banjo duet by Hank Sapoznik and Greg Adams.

Classic style banjo was also quite popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but has largely fallen out of public consciousness.  Five-string banjo was not a folk instrument at all, but enjoyed a repertoire of marches, cakewalks, and rags cleverly composed and arranged to take advantage of its unique, short 5th string. To learn more visit classic-banjo.ning.com and banjofraternity.org.

(If you want to have a go at it yourself, you can download the score for free from the Classic Banjo music library.)