New American Banjo Festival

New American Banjo Festival

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!

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The New American Banjo Festival Schedule

Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • 6 pm Video: The A.E. Smith Banjo Company, one of the first revival banjo manufacturing businesses, which was located in Franklin County, MA. A conversation with Kate Spencer and Michael Nix
  • 7 pm Zoom: Q & A with Kate Spencer on the A.E. Smith Banjo Company
  • 8 pm Video: Shingle the Roof, Old-time musicians Kate Spencer and Jerry Devokatis
  • 9 pm Video: The Nix Classic Banjo Project with Michael Nix

Sunday, April 25, 2021

  • 6 pm Film: Linefork, a film featuring Kentucky banjo legend Lee Sexton (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • 7:30 pm Zoom: Q & A with film maker Vic Rawlings on Linefork
  • 8 pm Video: Aaron Jonah Lewis, Classic Fingerstyle Banjo
  • 9 pm Video: Ken Perlman, Melodic Clawhammer Banjo

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.

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