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Banjo Film Airs Nov. 4 on PBS

Give Me the Banjo, an 82-minute TV documentary resulting from The Banjo Project, will air at 9 p.m. eastern, Friday, Nov. 4 on PBS. The program is narrated by Steve Martin and features a musical score by three-finger player Tony Trischka.

Culling its name from the very same Mark Twain passage that this blog takes its title, Give Me the Banjo details the history of America's quintessential musical instrument. The film includes commentary from such banjo luminaries as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Mike Seeger, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ralph Stanley, Abigail Washburn, and many more.

Check out the trailer:

The Banjo Project is producing a DVD that will include many scenes that were omitted from the PBS program. These extra scenes are also available at the project's website. Glory-Beaming Banjo will have its DVR set to record and report back with a review. 

Square Dance Tonight in Euclid, Ohio
In other news, Mark Olitsky will be playing for a square dance tonight at the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid, Ohio, along with Susie Goehring, Beth Braden and possibly Joe Larose. The event is part of a fall festival to wrap up the community center's farmers market for the year. The music is form 6 to 8 p.m., but the market opens at 4 p.m. Also included are a pumpkin patch, crafts for kids and a pet costume contest. The event is free.

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