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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 D. Wooldridge on April 25, 2016 at 10:47am

Men, Women, Chickens & Children! Here is the latest incarnation of the schedule for the 2016 Sweeney Convergence/ Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Festival:

Comment by D. Wooldridge on April 25, 2016 at 10:52am

As you all can see there are ONLY 2 slots for tours of the Sweeney cabins. If you are an early banjo banjoist- you HAVTA play in the Charles Sweeney cabin while at this event.  We could use some folks to play AT the cabin during the public tours; a detail we would have to work out with Mark's schedule of events for players.

Since the tours are limited to 25 or so- if players would like to tour en masse- we might think about scheduling a time when we can all go to the cabin together at another time than the tour times geared more towards the general public.

Comment by Strumelia on May 9, 2016 at 10:50am

This gathering is gonna be so fun.


Comment by D. Wooldridge on May 9, 2016 at 11:21am

Comment by D. Wooldridge on May 9, 2016 at 11:22am

Y'all here is a map of the Park for those camping and/or attending. Does anybody have Dave Kershner's phone number?

Comment by Scott Danneker on May 9, 2016 at 2:35pm

Please send me Dave Kershner's phone number.

Thank you

Comment by Rob Morrison on May 9, 2016 at 3:27pm

Scott--I sent Dave Kirchner's number to David Wooldridge earlier today.  I don't have a way to send it to you privately, but if you can check with David, he should have it.

Comment by Scott Danneker on May 9, 2016 at 4:06pm

Who is Dave Kirchner?  Is there any reason that I should have his telephone number? Is there a reason that would he want me to have his telephone number?

Ooops! Just realized that I misread David's message. My brain said "Does 'everybody' have Daves number."   


Comment by Rob Morrison on May 9, 2016 at 4:43pm

Scott--Dave is a minstrel banjo maker, tambo maker, and a great banjo player and singer.  He's coming to Appomattox.

Comment by Scott Danneker on May 9, 2016 at 8:50pm

Thanks Rob.  Glad to hear that Dave will be at APX, I'll make sure I get his telephone number when we meet.




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