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Clearly in Need of Updates

It's been more than three weeks since the last post here at Glory-Beaming Banjo. Clearly, we're in need of some updates. Here's what we've been up to:

As for some local news, the GBB team attended the Raccoon County Music Festival, in Burton, Ohio, for the first time. Master banjo-smith Doug Unger presented a workshop and performance, which was a real treat, as these hands finally got a chance to hold one of his amazing instruments, sealing the desire to one day own one.

Earlier this month, an article about Riley Baugus, written by yours truly, was sent off to Dan Levenson for an upcoming edition of The Old-Time Way in the Banjo Newsletter.

We mentioned Craig "Frailin" Evans' documentary project, Conversations With North American Banjo Builders, back in June. Volume 1, a three-disc set that features builders from east of the Mississippi River (plus one in Texas), is now available for purchase at the project's website. You can also view a free episode from the documentary before deciding to shuck out the $30 for the set. A review is forthcoming.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, your host got married to a lovely woman who always supports this banjo and old-time music enthusiast in his various forays into playing, watching and listening--not to mention running. My new bride even mentioned that as long as we continue to maintain funds for vacations and nice jewelry for her, she's OK with me saving to buy pretty banjos. (I.e., an Unger banjo is definitely in my future. I may have inadvertently pluralized a word there.)

And finally, last weekend, GBB performed with fellow jam-mates, the Kent Shindig All Stars, at the Haymaker Farmers' Market. About 14 musicians participated, and a fairly steady crowd spectated during a two-hour set of old-time tunes.

The Kent Shindig All Stars at the Haymaker Farmers'
Market, Sept. 17. Photo by my new bride. 


While it has been a struggle to maintain two regular blogs, GBB will strive to be more consistent with posts in the future. I have some outtakes from my interview with Baugus that I'll post here in the future, but probably after the article is published in BNL. For now, the story is scheduled for April 2012. Additionally, I conducted an interview with Levenson that will net a couple of posts in the coming weeks.

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