Here & There
Music Camps North will be hosting Mandolin Camp North from April 12 – 14, and Banjo Camp North from May 17 – 19, at Charlton, Massachusetts. The organizers write, “Mandolin Camp North is a weekend of classes, concerts, and jams for adults, from novices to advanced players of the mandolin in bluegrass, jazz, and other genres. Banjo Camp North is a weekend of classes, concerts, and jams for adults, from novices to advanced players of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass. Our faculty includes world-class musicians who are excellent teachers.” Visit musiccampsnorth.com for more information.
This year’s Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will take place April 27 and 28 on and around the historic public square in Dahlonega, Georgia. For performance lineups and other information, visit bearonthesquare.org.
The Asheville Shellac Bash is an annual gathering of 78 rpm record collectors and researchers. Taking place this year on the evenings of May 3 and 4, in Asheville, North Carolina, the gathering will feature listening sessions of rare records from the USA and abroad, along with expert discussion and live music. The organizers write that “the event’s primary goal is to provide an opportunity for fellowship among those who have helped to preserve and share this vast arena of the world’s greatest vernacular music of the pre-WWII era.” Visit Asheville Shellac Bash Information Bureau on Facebook for details.
The American Banjo Fraternity’s annual meeting will be held May 30 – June 1. Organizers write, “If you are a music professional, an amateur musician, or interested in banjo and music history, you will find worthwhile music that will challenge your skills and expand your repertoire. Not bluegrass or clawhammer, most of the music dates from 1880 - 1920. It is played on nylon strings with bare fingers and no picks. Players use 5-string banjos of different sizes. There are good examples on YouTube under the title ‘Classic Banjo.’” The meeting will take place at the Newark Garden Hotel in Newark, New York. Visit banjofraternity.org for more information.
On the Air
The documentary film Dance All Night: The Highwoods Stringband Story can now be viewed in its entirety at folkstreams.net.
Old-time fiddler and radio producer Joe McHugh is producing a new podcast series, Rosin the Bow: An Audio Journey Through the World of the Violin Family, which includes interviews with old-time fiddlers and other traditional violin players. The podcast can be heard at rosinthebow.org and major podcast sources.
Old-time and other traditional musicians, and scholars of traditional music, were recognized in this year’s Grammy Awards. They include Dom Flemons, whose album Black Cowboys was nominated for Best Folk Album; zydeco musician Sean Ardoin, who received Best American Roots Performance and Best Regional Roots Music Album nominations for his “Kick Rocks” and Kreole Rock and Soul, respectively; Cedric Burnside, nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album for Benton County Relic; Best Album Notes winner David Evans, for Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris (reviewed in this issue of the OTH); Best Album Notes nominees Ted Olson and Richard Martin for 4 Banjo Songs, 1891 – 1897: Foundational Recordings of America’s Iconic Instrument and Jim Leary for Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920 – 1924; Best Historical Album winners William Ferris, April Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, and Michael Graves for Voices of Mississippi; and Best Historical Album nominees Martin Hawkins and Christian Zwarg for At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight…