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June 29, 2012


Brian Arnold

This is the last place I expected to come across Mummers string band music, but I'm so glad to hear it here! I was in a string band here in Philly for a few years (not Ferko) and am very proud to have been part of this tradition. Thanks for sharing!


I could see the novelty of this being exciting if you aren't from Philadelphia.

After living a dozen years a block from the Mummers Museum (live performances outside once/week in good wether), my back windows facing one string band clubhouse and my front windows facing I-95 under which the string bands practice their medleys 8 bars at a time over and over and over...

... man, I literally used to turn up 'FMU streaming in order to DROWN THIS OUT.

Oh the irony!

Sitting in the middle of the world's largest concentration of urban chord-only banjo players is a lot more fun in theory than in practice for a music lover. This is especially so when "Happy Days..." "Alabama Jubilee" and "O Dem Golden Slippers" are 50% of the set list 100% of the time.




I can't find a reference online and I am too lazy to search for it, but I have a 45 on Chess or probably Checker by the Ferko String Band backing a black girl singer on a Bo Diddley style number!

Ernie (Not Bert)

They do Christmas music, too!

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Where can I get the full text of their song 'Happy days are here again"?

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