For enthusiasts of early banjo
Thanks everyone for a great weekend. I'm sorry I couldn't make it on sunday but I had a blast on friday and saturday.
click on Album:Antietam Early Banjo Gathering VI 2013
right underneath the main photo
This event is difficult to describe, but it's an awful lot of fun. It's sort of as if you were born with green hair and you find a place where everybody has green hair and nobody looks at you funny. In other words, "yeah, these are my people." I made new friends and had a wonderful time on stage with Dave Kirchner of the lovely singing voice and Jeff Trace, the famous boy soprano. I ate breakfast with Strumelia who got herself a realy cool new Jim Hartel bonjo and had had dinner with Jim Hartel who told me he sold his favorite banjo to Strumelia, darn it. The absolute highlight for me personally was that one of the presenters was Cheik Hamala Diabate, a griot from Mali who talked about and demonstrated the African banjo tradition. It so happens that I was already a fan of his and had learned some of his tunes. He was nice enpugh to sign my CD and explain that my favorite tune of his, "N'be Magni", which I play at living history presentations, actually means "no more war" and its origin goes far back in the griot tradition. It's moments like these that make this such a very special event. Thanks to Greg Adams and all those who made this so special.. P.S. Joel Hooks did a minstrel trick that had everybody on their feet. It was pretty spectacular.--Rob
Rob- your green hair comment really is accurate- that's exactly how I felt too. And I enjoyed our breakfast chat together!
A truly delightful event- a great balance of learning and having fun. It's obvious how much careful thought and effort go into the planning.
I learned all kinds of new things, and the jamming scene was completely inclusive too- everyone was helpful and encouraging to beginners in every way. I came home with improved playing skills and lots of new inspiration. Doesn't hurt to have another minstrel banjo now too, one really needs a PAIR of them to cover various situations, I think. ;D It will be sweeeet to now have the 'dilemma' of deciding which wonderful banjo to pick up for my home practice sessions- my Bell Stichter?, or my Hartel?....yikes! I am a lucky gal. I was relieved to not have too hard a time when I arrived back home with an extra banjo case. Maybe my 4 day absence made me missed enough to overlook my sins. lol!
Also brought home some wonderful recordings to listen to. The presentations/workshops were fascinating and varied, very well put together. My personal favorite presentation was Joel Hooks' "Discovering Horace Weston".
It was so great actually meeting in person the many people I have come to recognize here on the Ning site- Through videos and discussions, I felt like I knew many of you a little bit already, but in person it was even better. Many of you I consider to be my banjo heroes and inspiration, and I was honored to meet, talk with, observe, and play with you all.
Thank you all for being so kind and friendly. :)
Hey, you want them fries?
Sounds like everyone had a good time and some great pictures. We are all looking forward for more stuff to come.
Okay...let's start at the end....here is the finale.
I have most of the concert. I put part of my performance up, and with participant's permission, I will add more. Let me know if you played and want it posted. It was all very good!
Join Minstrel Banjo
Welcome toMinstrel Banjo
Sign Upor Sign In
Or sign in with:
© 2021 Created by John Masciale.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.