Tag: banjo

Banjo seminar from Galax

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s some better news from the 2015 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax. It’s a video produced from a banjo seminar held during the festival week this year at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax. Moderated by Jeremy Stephens, and including contributions from Ivy Sheppard, Bobby […]


Kristin Scott Benson interview

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

New York banjo picker and entrepreneur Bennett Sullivan has shared this video interview with Kristin Scott Benson which he recorded when she was up in his area recently. Kristin is the banjo picker with The Grascals, and has been named Banjo Player of the Year four times […]


Saddle Finger Picks

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Saddle Finger Pick

Richard McVicker is one of those guys who when he runs in to an obstacle, immediately starts looking for a solution. We ran into him and his banjo picks in the exhibit hall during the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention in late September, and he explained […]


Shubb introduces Fine Tune capos

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Shubb has introduced a new capo to their line of products. Called the Fine Tune Capo, it is designed for guitar and banjo players who prefer the U-shaped, screw-activated models which have been especially popular among bluegrass musicians of late. This is a radical redesign […]


Banjo Cellar opens in Kentucky

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

These days, we are more accustomed to seeing news about retail music stores closing than opening, with pressure from online mega-stores making life difficult for smaller, privately-owned ventures. But in Williamstown, Kentucky a pair of bluegrass veterans have partnered to open a bluegrass-centric shop called […]


Hogan’s House Of Music – Ron Block

| October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Growing up, Hogan’s House Of Music was where a young Ron Block learned the beauty and variety of popular music. The retail music emporium was owned and operated by his father in Lawndale, CA and the future guitar and banjo virtuoso spent a lot of time […]


2015 Scott Street Five String Finals

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Virginia was a busy place for bluegrass pickers this past weekend. In addition to the Virginia Bluegrass Band Championship in Chesterfield, the first annual Scott Street Five String Finals were held during the Richmond Folk Festival. This new competition is especially for younger banjo players, held in memory […]


Mel Bay O’Carolan book for banjo

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mel Bay Publications has released a book of Irish harp music by Turlough O’Carolan, arranged for banjo and other stringed instruments. 20 O’Carolan Irish Classics was prepared by banjoist Tom Hanway, an American ex-pat now living in Ireland where he performs in both the three finger […]


Bill Keith Banjo Summit videos from Grey Fox

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Video is now available from the all-star Bill Keith banjo style summit held at this year’s Grey Fox festival back in July. In light of Bill’s induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame last night, here are the two videos shot by Fred Robbins and […]


Indifference video from Lluís Gómez and Valentí Moya

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the popularity of bluegrass music increases around the world, collaborations with virtuosic players from outside the genre become more common. In particular, musicians from other folk styles often find common cause with bluegrass pickers, and usually the fondness goes both ways. Spanish banjoist Lluís Gomez […]