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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 Strumelia on May 10, 2016 at 5:56pm

Hey Dave W.- I sent you a message with some last minute questions-  please check your INBOX, thanks.

Comment by Mark Weems on May 12, 2016 at 9:30am

I'm organizing all my stuff for the event - I will bring some percussion instruments to share and for the general public to participate. This is going to be a great event! I will also have my Sweeney book - The Music of Old Joe Sweeny, as well as my Sweeny CD - The Ole Virginy Break Down, there for sale for those interested. I'll also have some copies of Joe Ayers' -Old Dan Tucker. See all soon.

Comment by Rob Morrison on May 12, 2016 at 9:43am

Mark--I talked to Dave Kirchner last night. he's bringing new banjos for sale if anyone interested.  I'm bringing newly restored mystery banjo.  Dave and I will get there early afternoon Friday.  Very excited. 

Comment by Mark Weems on May 12, 2016 at 10:31am

Great. We'll be there as early as noon.

Comment by D. Wooldridge on May 12, 2016 at 11:17am


FYI- There is NO WIFI at the Park. I do believe there is WIFI at Baines coffee downtown. Most folks have my cell# if you need help. Just ring me up. If you need the number, just send me a PM. Can't wait to see everybody!

Comment by Strumelia on May 12, 2016 at 9:29pm

woo-hooooo....i'm sitting in my room at the appomattox super8 right now!

Will cruise in after loading my thermos with good coffee ...probably from Baines?  Is there any other place nearby to get espresso?

Rob where are you planning to eat breakfast..on the road?

Check your INBOX for my cell number.

Comment by Tom Taggart on May 12, 2016 at 10:53pm

My truck is packed. Will leave early Friday morning, ETA noon.  See you all there.

Comment by Tom Taggart on May 16, 2016 at 12:01am

Well, the Sweeny event is in the books.  I just want to comment on how great it was!  I really enjoyed the music, seeing old friends, and meeting new ones.  Cudos to David and Mark for all the work they put in to make this a fantastic time for all of us who attended.  Looking forward to the next one.

Comment by Rob Morrison on May 16, 2016 at 2:14pm

Thanks to David and Mark for organizing this thing.  Had a great time playing with Sonny, Scott, Tom, Jack, both Davids, Lisa, Paul, and the usual gang od idiots.  Lectures were great. Let's do it again.

Comment by Strumelia on May 16, 2016 at 8:53pm


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