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3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence

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3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence

Time: May 13, 2016 at 6pm to May 15, 2016 at 2pm
Location: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Street: Route 24
City/Town: Appomattox, Virginia
Website or Map: http://www.nps.gov/apco
Phone: (434) 352-8987 X. 236
Event Type: learning/, sharing/, performing
Organized By: David Wooldridge and Mark Weems
Latest Activity: May 16, 2016

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Event Description

Early banjo, fiddle, guitar, tambo, and bones players- have at you all!

Save the date for the 3rd Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence! Once again we shall gather on the beautiful grounds of Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park; the "groud zero" for early banjo music.

For it was along the humble banks of the Appomattox river where Joel Sweeney and his myriad of musical kith & kin lived and learned the banjo!!

Brought to you by the North Carolina School of Traditional Music and the National Park Service at Appomattox Court House NHP, this event is both a chance for learning and sharing amongst early banjo enthusiasts as well as an opportunity to perform for the public in the historic village just as Joel did some 175 years ago!!

There is the possibility for period camping ON-SITE this year as well.

For the banjo appreciative public, there will be presentations throughtout the day, film screenings, and tours to Sweeney sites throughout the Park and an abundance of banjo music!.

Inquiries to this post will be answered with all deliberate speed and veracity as details become solidified.

For those who wish to share their banjo research and/ or revelations with the general public, there are a few slots available among the day long programming to be held at the Park's visitor center.

For those who are versed in the art of the design & manufacture of the blessed banjo, there is space at the Park planned for you to exhibit your craftsmanship!

Dress of the period is encouraged but not required.

For further information, feel free to correspond with:

David Wooldridge (david_wooldridge@nps.gov) OR             

Mark Weems (markweems@frontier.com)

Comment Wall

Comment by Scott Danneker on January 23, 2016 at 6:02pm

Were you able to reserve a room there?  We used to stay at the same hotel when my daughter went to Virginia Episcopal School - it's very nice. 

Comment by Scott Danneker on January 23, 2016 at 6:13pm

Looks like I will be doing this event on site in a period A-frame.   I will be happy to bring a 12'x10' CW era wall-tent as well. It sleeps two (possibly more) very comfortably - BYO earplugs & cots.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 24, 2016 at 12:00am
Hey Scott - I'd be interested in that 12 by 10 tent. I sent you a PM.
Comment by Tom Taggart on January 26, 2016 at 7:04pm

Scott, Paul, would it be possible to share the wall tent?  I can bring a fly for extra shade.  Thanks.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 26, 2016 at 11:32pm
Fine by me! Looking forward to it.
Comment by Scott Danneker on January 27, 2016 at 7:06am

I have a pair of robust uprights and a ridge pole for a 12x10 fly that I will be happy to bring.  Welcome aboard!

Comment by Strumelia on February 14, 2016 at 7:19pm

Come on folks, step up...who else is coming?    :)

Comment by Andy Chase on March 17, 2016 at 10:56am

As summer approaches I'm heartbroken that I won't get to travel to Antietam this year and see all my old friends in that wonderful barn, but I'm so glad that the Sweeney Convergence is stepping in to fill the void left by AEBG's demise.  Unfortunately it's not in the cards for me this year, but maybe next time around.  (Maybe some of us Yankees can share a conveyance!)

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 17, 2016 at 11:02am

I always thought the Dan Emmett festival in Ohio needed something like this...they have huge festivities, but little that actually ties him to the old music etc. That would be a fun spot, if it were coordinated.

Comment by Strumelia on March 17, 2016 at 11:17am

Andy, remember how we ran into each other at that rest stop while we were each driving home from Antietam? (where was it- New jersey or PA?)-  that was so freaky, and freaky that I actually spotted you walking in the parking lot there.... and also freaky that we saw each other in the restaurant at the same time just the day before...   =8-o   


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