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New England Minstrel Banjo Gathering

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New England Minstrel Banjo Gathering

Time: August 11, 2012 all day
Location: Boston's north shore
Street: 69 Pine Street
City/Town: Danvers, MA
Phone: 978-750-0026, 781-953-8759
Event Type: banjo, gathering
Organized By: Brian Glass
Latest Activity: Aug 10, 2012

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Event Description

So far, an informal get together for those interested in sharing their passion for minstrel banjo in the New England area. This can be a one day event or the whole weekend as far as I am concerned. Lets see if this takes on a life of its own...I would be happy to add the idea of turning this into a banjo building weekend as well. I have a full wood shop and am completing my third banjo, a gourd banjo, and could tutor someone along if they wanted to get a jump start on building one.

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Comment by Andy Chase on July 18, 2012 at 2:43pm

Unfortunately, I'll be away at a memorial service that weekend.  I was really looking forward to this- let me know if there's any way I can help without actually being there on the day of the event.

Comment by John Reddick on August 2, 2012 at 9:45pm

Brian - any thoughts on starting / ending time?

Comment by Brian Glass on August 3, 2012 at 7:21pm
John, I couldn't be more flexible on time. We'll start as soon as the first folks show up. I live on a farm and have a few animals that get us up and out early. I was thinking 8:30 am until the cows come home again! ( no I don't really have a cow) I did offer to work on building if anyone is interested so I may be in the shop bending up a rim when folks start to arrive.
Comment by John Reddick on August 3, 2012 at 8:58pm

Thanks ... just one more week.  I hope you get more takers.  I don't really have any minstrel banjo specific repertoire and interested in learning and playing some new tunes.

Comment by Jim Dalton on August 7, 2012 at 6:58am


Since I need to reserve the ZipCar to get there, is there any sense of when the most people will be arriving?

I want to come for a chunk of time that the largest group will be there.


Comment by Brian Glass on August 9, 2012 at 7:19pm
Folks, unfortunately it looks like this event has fallen apart last minute and we will be canceling it. We had quite a few hopefulls but when push came to shove, people couldn't make it. At least we tried to put together the first New England Gathering :-( I still plan to be in the shop working on a few banjo projects just in case someone shows up unexpectedly. Play on and let me know when the next gathering is!
Comment by John Reddick on August 10, 2012 at 7:03pm

Brian - Do you mind if I come on over to meet you and see your shop projects?  You don't need to do anything different than you would any way.

Comment by Brian Glass on August 10, 2012 at 8:29pm
John, I would love to have visitors either way. Of course bring your banjo with you and we can try our hand at some music if you are game. Any and all are welcome just call me before you do to let me know when you are coming. 781-953-8759 or 978-750-0026. Leave a message if I don't pick up and I will return your call right away.
Comment by Brian Glass on August 10, 2012 at 8:31pm
Btw the address in in the event info.
Comment by John Reddick on August 10, 2012 at 8:45pm

Will see you tomorrow, probably in the morning.  I will call first.


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