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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: Sep 10, 2018

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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 Jacalyn Thomas on August 31, 2018 at 1:07pm


I am sorry for your loss. Safe travels.


Comment by Rob Mohr on August 31, 2018 at 7:22pm

WOOHOO!!! The countdown to the convergence is on!!...been practicing like crazy!! Don't wanna show up and look like an idiot lol

Comment by D. Wooldridge on August 31, 2018 at 8:19pm

Scott, so sorry to hear. The angels have charge over here now.

Comment by Mark Weems on September 6, 2018 at 9:19pm

See everyone tomorrow or Saturday!

Comment by Jacalyn Thomas on September 6, 2018 at 10:06pm

So, I am already here.... Muggy as hell. But for Friday night supper I have Brunswick stew (cooked in cast iron wash tubs and stirred with oars, of course). Egg custard pie, lemon chess pie, pecan pie and German chocolate pie. And cornbread. Ice tea and cheerwine to drink. Y'all come.

Comment by Mark Weems on September 6, 2018 at 10:53pm

The food sounds like it will be as good as the music!

Comment by Strumelia on September 7, 2018 at 6:31am

Jacalyn, you are amazing.  I'll very much miss hanging out and playing/talking/eating/soaking in the place... with all of you!

Comment by Paul Draper on September 7, 2018 at 6:40am

Jacalyn - I have a some cornbread with prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese muffins... just the way Sweeney liked them!

Comment by Jacalyn Thomas on September 7, 2018 at 8:21am

But of course! It's that European aesthetic combined with authentic Americana that gives birth to all things luscious.

Comment by Joel Hooks on September 7, 2018 at 9:30pm

Have fun!  I was going through some old Fretted Instrument News and read that the American Banjo Fraternity funded the Joel Sweeney gravestone in 1954.  Just a bit of fun trivia. 


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