Remembering Rhythm Bones Players


We remember those who made a contribution to Rhythm Bones during the years of the Rhythm bones Society and dedicate this website to them.  Clicking a name takes you to their Player Profile and many of these people have Tribute Videos.


NEFFA Bones workshop Report
71st NEFFA
NEFFA Report
Bones at Common Ground


Movies with Rhythm Bones

Know of another movie – let us know via our ‘Contact Us’ page.


Chocolat. Very briefly during the musical scene on the boat.


Gone with the Wind. Can you recall the scene where Scarlet and Mammy returned to Atlanta after the yankees and carpetbaggers moved in? Mammy was leading the way through a very busy and crowded sidewalk, pushing and hollering at people to make way for the lady. Look for a band of street performers she hollers at, they are all playing the bones!. You have to look fast it only lasts about 2 seconds.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the celebration parade after Christmas is restored, one of the Whos in the parade is playing the bones. Credit for spotting this one goes to Dave Wilson’s kids.


Late Show with David Letterman. A clip from Percy Danforth’s instructional video was shown during Dave’s Video Collection segment in December 1999.


Mary Poppins. If you have sceen the movie you can’t forget the scene where Dick Van Dyke dances with the penguins. Shortly after that the gang jumps on a magical merry-go-round that takes them to a horse race. The next scene is still at the track and an animated rouge band on the sidelines begins to sing and joins the gang in “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” One of the band members is a bones player!


Pot of Gold with James Stewart and Freeman “Brother Bones” Davis.


Riding High with Bing Crosby and Freeman “Brother Bones” Davis.


Titanic features the bones playing of Aaron Plunkett during the scene where the main characters are making their way toward the car.


The Shipping News features bones playing in the soundtrack, though not onscreen.


Yes Sir, Mister Bones, a 1951 minstrel movie with Freeman “Brother Bones” Davis.


Rhythm Bones Notation Schemes

Most of RBP issue Vol 24, No 4 is about different
notation schemes used so players can perform to
sheet music.  Click HERE to read.



Indiana University Playin’ Bones
Bones Playing on Broadway
Bones at Kennedy Center
Rhythm Bones in Movies
More on Rhythm Bones in Movies
Birl Teaches Bones to Ballet Company
Bones Workshop at Appalshop
How Much Money do Players Make?
Wireless Electric Rhythm Bones
Becky’s Bones Book
Book Review – Irish Music and Musicians
Albuquerque Folk Festival Workshop
Hand With Flesh and Bone
Timeline Project Update
Hobgoblin story
Stoney End story
Report on Sea Shanty Workshop
Report on BFXX Sea Shanty Workshop
Search for Elusive Ebony Bone
Virtual Bones Fest Presenter Previe
Animal Bones: How to Make, Where to Buy