Tag: banjo

Report from the first Barcelona Bluegrass Camp

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

We heard this week from noted Spanish banjoist and teacher, Lluis Gómez, with a report on the first bluegrass instruction camp held in Barcelona. More than 70 people met last March 5th in Barcelona for a full day of bluegrass tunes, G-runs, banjo rolls, improvised jams […]


Raymond Fairchild recovering at home

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass banjo icon Raymond Fairchild is doing well, recuperating at home after undergoing surgery last week. Some complications arose following the surgery, but he is out of the hospital and resting comfortably. At nearly 77 years of age, Raymond has been suffering from atrial fibrillation, or […]


John Treadway to Big Country Bluegrass

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

John Treadway of Taylorsville, NC has been announced as the newest member of Big Country Bluegrass. He will be playing banjo and singing harmony with the southwest Virginia band, filling the spot vacated recently when Lynwood Lunsford left after nine years to start his own […]


A Dream video from Ashleigh Caudill

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here’s another new video released today. It’s a song from Ashleigh Caudill’s upcoming album, Looney Bird, one she wrote called A Dream. She’s followed a familiar path for today’s most promising string musicians and songwriters. From her home in Colorado Ashleigh moved to Boston and the Berklee […]


The Banjo – America’s African Instrument

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Laurent Dubois says he thinks of his new book, The Banjo – America’s African Instrument, as a biography of the banjo. Tracing this uniquely American instrument from its West African roots, through its emergence in the folk and popular music of the Caribbean islands and the Southeastern […]


Banjo added to the Monroe Mandolin Camp

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

The horrors! Slobbering five-stringers have been invited to drool all over the proceedings at this year’s Monroe Mandolin Camp in Nashville. But seriously, after mando purists pick themselves up off the floor, they’ll recognize what camp managers Mike Compton and Heidi Herzog have to say about the […]


Mike Holmes passes

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mike Holmes, founder of Music Camps North, passed away on February 18. He was 74 years of age. He had retired from management of these very successful workshop weekends for banjo and mandolin players in New England in 2014, which continue on under new management. Mike’s […]


Help the Sweeney Cabin Restoration Project

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Five string banjo pickers in the US, especially here in my home state of Virginia, typically know a little something about Joel Sweeney of Appomattox. He was an early popularizer of the banjo in the pre-Civil War south, often using the blackface stage personna now […]


The Complete 5-String Banjo Method from Ned Luberecki

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The folks at Alfred Publications have recently released a three-volume set of books for banjo students, meant to offer meaningful instruction at three levels of study. Video and audio examples of the various lessons taught by author, Ned Luberecki, are available as well. The three […]


Fret Paw capo promises no retuning

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Al Ferguson, known in the banjo world as the developer of the Perfect Pitch capo, has a new product to introduce to the fretted stringed instrument world. The Fret Paw capo goes against most of the tradition in the capo world, which insists that the device […]