Sunday, April 25, 2021, 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Entrance to the festival is by donation. Please click the BUY TICKET link to register!
The New American Banjo Festival Schedule
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
The New American Banjo Festival will take place on-line, April 24 and 25, 2021 with streaming concerts and Zoom discussions each day. The New American Banjo Festival will explore interesting and unique performance styles old and new; have a history component, and a cultural component focusing on the banjo in New England and beyond. Admission is by donation.
Performers for the New American Banjo Festival are Aaron Jonah Lewis, a classic fingerstyle virtuoso; Ken Perlman, internationally known as a pioneer of a banjo style known as melodic clawhammer; Shingle the Roof, an Old-time string band; and Michael Nix performing music from his New Classic Banjo Project.
Kate Spencer will give a video presentation and Q&A Zoom session on the Arthur E. Smith Banjo Company, one of the first revival banjo manufacturing businesses, which was located in Franklin County, MA. Linefork, a film featuring Kentucky banjo legend Lee Sexton (Smithsonian Folkways) will be screened followed by live Zoom Q+A with Co-Director Vic Rawlings.
NixWorks and couchmusic.live will facilitate the streaming performances.
Posted to: Upcoming Events at the Shea.
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