|Banjo in the spotlight for free library symposium, concert Aug. 25|
|Monday, July 09, 2012|
The banjo, one of America’s iconic musical instruments, will be the topic of a celebration Aug. 25 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library will present lectures and music as part of “The Banjo: Southern Roots, American Branches.”
The day will bring together speakers and performances, along with an exhibit in Wilson Library. Events are free and open to the public. The concert requires free tickets, available beginning 10 a.m. July 23 through the Memorial Hall Box Office and online at http://memorialhall.unc.edu/.
This opportunity to learn more about the music, history and culture of the American South will begin at 10 a.m. with “The Banjo: Southern Roots, American Branches,” a symposium of lectures and panel discussions throughout the day in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room at Wilson Library. An exhibit of banjo instruments, photographs and other items also will go on display Aug. 25 on the 4th floor of the library.
That evening, a concert showcasing the instrument will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall. Featured performers are Tony Trischka, award-winning bluegrass banjoist and member of the 1990s group Psychograss; Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, old-time multi-instrumentalists from Surry County; and Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Grammy-award winning string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
The banjo event is the first of the three-part Southern Folklife Collection Instrument Series. Panels, exhibits, and concerts in 2013 will feature the pedal steel guitar and the fiddle.