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Joel Sweeney Convergence

Event Details

Joel Sweeney Convergence

Time: September 7, 2018 to September 9, 2018
Location: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Street: 111 National Park Drive
City/Town: Appomattox
Website or Map: http://www.nps.gov/apco
Phone: 434 352 8987 x.233
Event Type: festival
Organized By: David Wooldridge, Mark Weems, James Pentecost
Latest Activity: 17 hours ago

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Event Description

An opportunity to play early banjo music at historic Appomattox Court House where " the banjo passed from black hands to white hands."

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Comment by Byron Fenton Hovey on January 29, 2018 at 9:56pm

Are the details for this event, I.e., suggested accommodations, times of activities, fees, etc., available yet?

Comment by Brice Alms on March 5, 2018 at 12:54pm

I have been wanting to go to one of these gatherings for a while, but I cant drive yet, and all of them are a good distance away from where we live. The family has been thinking about possibly taking a trip to Virginia for a while, where just gonna have to wait and see.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on March 29, 2018 at 3:57pm

just now seeing the date, loved it last year, and now that I know what to expect.   I hope to be able to come once again.   

Comment by Mark Weems on July 17, 2018 at 2:11pm

Joel Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence

2018 Schedule

 

Fri. Sept. 7th

9-12      Early arrivals may check in as they arrive & enjoy     

               touring the park.

12         Camp opens for set up for period camping.

1-4        Mentoring sessions for banjo, bones, fiddle.  

5-6        Supper

6-7        Gourd Gathering at Joe Sweeney’s gravesite.

7           Playing at the campsite fire.

 

Sat. Sept 8th

9-11       Playing on the Clover Hill Tavern Porch.

10:45     Joel Sweeney Day proclamation reading.

11-12     Going Beyond Briggs: Presentation by Paul Draper.

               A look at a few Banjo and Guitar - Style pieces in Buckley 

               and Converse.  While many tunes in Buckley and Converse are   

              meant to be played banjo - style, others can readily be played

              either banjo or guitar – style, and still others are specifically

              guitar – style pieces. This workshop will look at a few examples

              of each. 

12          Lunch

1:30-2:30 Singing with the Banjo: Mark Weems & Dave Culgan.

               Thoughts on tuning, pitch and arrangements for singing with

               the banjo.  We will learn to play a piece or two using tab.

2:30-3:30 Concert preparation (solo or group).

3:30-5:00 Concert for the Public on the Clover Hill    

                  Tavern Porch featuring the Sweeney Convergence Musicians.

5:00-6:30 Supper

6:30         An evening of music in the Sweeney Cabin.

 

Sun. Sept. 9th

 

9-10        Open session on Tavern porch.

10-11      Planning meeting with David Wooldridge.

11-4        Playing throughout historic village.

4:00         Period camping grounds closed. 

Comment by Mark Weems on July 17, 2018 at 2:15pm

Here is the tentative schedule for the Sweeney Convergence this year folks!

If you have questions, go ahead and field them and David or I will try to answer.

Comment by Mark Weems on July 19, 2018 at 9:48am

Here is a link to kick this event around with your social media friends.

https://www.facebook.com/events/141411473362252/

Comment by Scott Danneker on Saturday

I will be sleeping on-site in my car during the event, but I will be setting up my simple CW A-frame by the "campfire."   It is available on first-come-first-serve basis to any who may wish to reside within during the event. It's still somewhat musty from Clifftop, but it will keep rain off through the night.   

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