2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade plays in a variety of banjo styles largely learned from personal contact with older generation Southern musicians. Last fall he released Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition (Smithsonian Folkways), an innovative celebration of those encounters. He is also the creator of the long-running stage show Banjo Dancing, producer and annotator of Hobart Smith, In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes (Smithsonian Folkways), contributor to Wade Mainer, Banjo on the Mountain (University Press of Mississippi), narrator and writer of the pubic television documentary Catching the Music, and author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press). He is currently 2013-2014 resident artist/scholar at George Washington University, Department of Music. In this workshop, Stephen will describe and demonstrate a number of these varied approaches to the banjo, learned over the years.
Stephen Wade’s appearances are co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Press.
Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm