Banjo in New York City?

That’s right folks, there is banjo music in the Big Apple. But you already knew that (didn’t you?).

Well, here’s another NYC banjo story. It involves Bennett Sullivan, a transplanted Tar Heel now plying the five string trade in the Big Apple. Before making the move, Bennett studied with banjo masters Craig Smith and Jens Kruger in north central North Carolina. He came to New York to enroll as a guitar student at the New School for Jazz, and is now working as a banjo player with a number of NYC bands: Birdhive Boys, Six Deadly Venoms, and his own band, the Bennett Sullivan Quartet.

Sullivan is making plans now for a first recording of his original music, and has taken to Kickstarter to see if banjo lovers might be willing to pledge the necessary funds to complete the project.

Here’s the promotional video from Kickstarter, which explains his plans, and includes a bit of the music that will be included on the final product.


Find more details at Bennett’s Kickstarter page, or on his web site.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.