Wandering Minstral

Here is a painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893) of an itinerant fiddler playing for a family in a Scottish lane probably trying to make enough money to eat or maybe even receive some food for his entertainment.  I can't help but think the father looking out has a skeptical look; possibly wondering …

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The Musician – 1887

By Léon François Comerre, French Academic School.  I think this familiar looking instrument comes from Africa via the Arabic world and is generally called a tanbūr. A sort of distant uncle to the modern banjo, America's African instrument. The only thing missing is the drone string.

Musician

From the New York Public Library Collections.  Access like this is what makes the internet truly great. Click the image to browse the collections.

On the Road

Musicians hitting the road. Vintage photo found on Tumblr HERE.  No other information was supplied.  Got the guitar, dog, and stove.  Let's go...