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3rd Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Convergence

Event Details

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 Timothy Twiss on March 17, 2016 at 11:29am

I ran into John and Elaine on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the way....same degree of surprise.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 17, 2016 at 11:35am


Seems a bunch of banjo players would fit into this somehow.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 17, 2016 at 11:36am

Anyway you're right....great memories of "the barn" but good luck to Sweeney.

Comment by Strumelia on April 4, 2016 at 10:37am

For some reason the list of attendees is no longer showing on this event...only the folks who have not yet rsvp'd...?  

Comment by Mark Weems on April 4, 2016 at 12:52pm

Yes, very curious.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on April 4, 2016 at 6:03pm

Under "Not Yet RSVP" is a "view all"tab. Everything is there. 

Comment by Strumelia on April 4, 2016 at 6:24pm

Looks like it's back showing again.  :)

Comment by Strumelia on April 8, 2016 at 6:36pm

Hey friends-  I have an available double bed at the Super8 Motel during the weekend.  Please see the specifics here:

Super8 double bed available for Sweeney event

Comment by Scott Danneker on April 8, 2016 at 8:22pm

If memory serves, Tom Taggert stayed there last year, I couldn't get in myself because there were no vacancies.  It looked much better than the Budget Hotel down the road where I ended up.  It's very close to the event too. I think you will be more comfortable there.

Comment by Strumelia on April 8, 2016 at 9:06pm

Thanks Scott.  please see the thread in my above link for details concerning possibly sharing the room.


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