Banjo Project – The Story of America’s Instrument
This looks like a great project! Here’s info from the website:
The Banjo Project is a cross-media cultural odyssey: a major television documentary, a live stage/multi-media performance, and a website that chronicle the journey of America’s quintessential instrument—the banjo—from its African roots to the 21st century. It’s a collaboration between Emmy-winning writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka (the Project’s Music Director), one of the most acclaimed acoustic musicians of his generation.
Narrated by Steve Martin, The Banjo Project television documentary brings together contemporary players in all styles—Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Don Vappie, Cynthia Sayer, Ralph Stanley, among many others—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity.
There’s a Kickstarter campaign going for the project here.
“A Kazahk Melody/Banjo Pickin’ Girl” By: Abby Washburn with Bela Fleck and the Sparrow Quartet
“Cold Icy Mtn.” by George Gibson, Knott Co., Kentucky
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