The folks at BanjoLounge.com have established an audio chat forum for banjo pickers. It is browser-based, and uses plugins that are available for both Windows and Mac computers. You’ll need either a built-in or external microphone, and speakers to take part.
Banjo pickers can talk with one another, or even pick a few with whomever may be logged in at any given time. Site administrator Jim Pankey says that he is hopeful of using this technology to offer online workshops, and other scheduled events in the near future. The forum is accessible 24/7, but Jim says that you can usually find more folks logged in during the evening hours.
There is no charge or membership fee to access the BanjoLounge.com audio chat, but they are accepting donations to defray the costs associated with hosting this feature.
As they say on the site: This is an AUDIO chat, so bring your Banjo!