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Minstrel Banjo Workshop and Session at the Midland Folk Festival

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Minstrel Banjo Workshop and Session at the Midland Folk Festival

Time: August 25, 2012 from 10am to 11am
Location: Midland County Fairgrounds
Street: 6905 Eastman Ave.
City/Town: Midland, MI
Website or Map: http://www.folkmusicsociety.o…
Phone: 989-553-2021
Event Type: festival
Organized By: Bell Banjos
Latest Activity: Aug 27, 2012

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Event Description

Taught and hosted by Terry Bell of Bell & Son Banjos. Minstrel Banjo Workshop at 10am them informal playing throughout the day. Basically, play our banjos for folks who've never heard them.

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Comment by Bell Banjos on May 22, 2012 at 7:58pm

I hope Jeff, Al, and Tim can join me at this workshop. We'll let the music do the talking then go find a pavillion or gazebo or big ole tree and play the afternoon away.

Comment by Tim Twiss on May 22, 2012 at 8:01pm

Aw, bummer of a day...conflict. Sorry.

Playing at the big Jackson Civil War Muster that day.

Maybe scoot up afterwards?? 

Comment by Bell Banjos on May 22, 2012 at 8:10pm

Whatever works, eh?

Comment by Bell Banjos on May 30, 2012 at 4:12pm

I'm glad to see a couple Michigander Minstrels thinking about Midland in August. It's a fun, small affair. They have 6 or 7 tents going all day Fri and Sat with workshops. Banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, dulcimer, whistle etc.. A couple years ago  I started working in the Minstrel Banjo. All the clawhammer players I met there were really into it. I think if you play clawhammer you naturally want to hear older and older music. The enthusiasm proves it. I'm hoping to bring Danny and Ryan again this year and "turn 'em loose." I'm REALLY looking forward to using the 'workshop' as a meeting place for minstrel players then finding a spot to squat and jam the rest of the day.

Comment by Marla Carew on June 27, 2012 at 10:38am

Will attend unless something unusual happens - it's an hour or two away and chances to mix with clawhammer/minstrel folks are limited!

Comment by Jeff on August 17, 2012 at 9:12pm

Going to be there in and out most of the weekend... 

Comment by Jeff on August 25, 2012 at 3:52pm

Awesome time with Bell & Son banjos and Mark.  Once again Terry WOW-ed them Claw-hammer players with the Civil War era and the who, what, where, why, and when... the claw-hammer banjo come around...  Then he when to the Claw-hammer teaching and made them drop there jaws with the thought of a banjo w/o knowing cords...  Mark showed his skill on the awesome, Bousher banjo, as I showed Terry and Mark the new technique of play slide minstrel banjo on a Stichter Banjo of Terry's.  

Good times...  

Comment by Marla Carew on August 27, 2012 at 8:56am

Wish I could have been there - conflicts at work and with home plans didn't let me out of the house in time....


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