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banjo1971 - Posted - 09/26/2013:  18:43:25


Mike Munford gets the 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award.  Way to go Mike!


revellfa - Posted - 09/26/2013:  18:52:17


He deserves it. That guy is fantastic. Met him once recently, he's a nice fella. I got to play his original prewar flathead RB-75. Nice, nice banjo.

scaggs7 - Posted - 09/26/2013:  19:01:13


Who does he play with 


h - Posted - 09/26/2013:  19:05:49


quote:

Originally posted by scaggs7

 

Who does he play with 


 




  With his sons. Are you the only person who never heard of Munford and Sons?



 


klgera - Posted - 09/26/2013:  19:15:42


Mike Munford plays with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, a well deserved honor!


dmiller - Posted - 09/26/2013:  19:22:41


quote:

Originally posted by h

 
quote:


Originally posted by scaggs7

 


Who does he play with 


 





  With his sons. Are you the only person who never heard of Munford and Sons?




 







HA!!!!  Good one!  yes big


dmiller - Posted - 09/26/2013:  19:56:58


Seriously - - It's good to hear that he won.

Nothing against all the other greats, but it's

nice to see a "fresh face" win the title.  



He certainly deserves it!   


Dale Morris - Posted - 09/26/2013:  20:57:17


Mumford & Sons are a creative and talented bunch of fellows, however, I certainly would not call them bluegrass or call their banjo player a bluegrass banjo player. Maybe the IBMA needs to re-work their label...


captbanjo - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:02:10


Joke?


quote:


Originally posted by Dale Morris

 

Mumford & Sons are a creative and talented bunch of fellows, however, I certainly would not call them bluegrass or call their banjo player a bluegrass banjo player. Maybe the IBMA needs to re-work their label...







 


captbanjo - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:06:28


So, I just left the awards ceremony in Raleigh. As posted Mike Munford earned top banjo honors.

As discussed on this forum, Alison K. is suffering from vocal dysphonia and had to cancel. So Tony Rice came out as he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame and gave an eloquent talk in a raspy gargle of a voice. He paused to mention his deep love for Alison and began to speak about how he had recently decided to try to recapture some of his voice. He said, "Bear with me; this takes some brain power." He then proceeded to speak with a voice that was only a fraction away from the voice I've heard him use so many times twenty years and more ago!

It was. stunning and brought the house to it's feet! You could tell it was taking enormous effort but how inspiring it was!

Raleigh seems ideal for the IBMA Awards. It is a wide open area, clean and everything is in walking distance.

Jerry Douglas appeared with the Earls of Lester, playing straight ahead Josh licks. The band, featuring Tim O'Brien, was great! One of my favorite banjo players was in the band: Charlie Cushman!

Funny thing - in RI at the airport getting a plane to NC with my son-in-law, I saw a banjo player and started talking to him. He mentioned he was going to IBMA with his band, The Stringdusters and I realized I was talking to Chris Pandolfini!

Well, no jamming tonight...onto bed and more tomorrow!

Wayne

Banjov1 - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:18:29


So proud of Mike!!! He really is an outstanding player and he means so much to the bluegrass community here in Baltimore/DC!



I'm over the moon excited for him tonight


Banjov1 - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:21:03


quote:

Originally posted by captbanjo

 
Joke?



quote:


Originally posted by Dale Morris

 


Mumford & Sons are a creative and talented bunch of fellows, however, I certainly would not call them bluegrass or call their banjo player a bluegrass banjo player. Maybe the IBMA needs to re-work their label...








 







 



A lot of folks unfamiliar with Mike Munford are making the association with Mumford and sons. Hopefully they'll realize soon who he really is and appreciate him


dmiller - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:23:11


quote:

Originally posted by Dale Morris

 

Mumford & Sons are a creative and talented bunch of fellows, however, I certainly would not call them bluegrass or call their banjo player a bluegrass banjo player. Maybe the IBMA needs to re-work their label...







I'm smiling here.  Mike MUNFORD has nothing to do with MUMFORD and sons.  The difference is the M versus the N in their names (after the U), and a "play on words" was what the above post was all about.  I agree with your assessment of Mumford and sons, and Mike Munford is in a different class all together and completely worthy of the award given by the IBMA.  Mumford and sons are not.



(edited to add - - -)  I see he DOESN'T plant the ring finger!  approve





Edited by - dmiller on 09/26/2013 21:36:10

jwoods - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:24:18


Here's a sample of Mike's playing with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen...



youtube.com/watch?feature=play...YQXQGglsA


Dale Morris - Posted - 09/26/2013:  21:25:43


The IBMA Banjo Player for 2013 is MIKE MUNFORD, and he can flat out play some great Bluegrass Banjo. Congratulations Mike and congratulations to all the IBMA winners...



Some -like myself-  may have been briefly confused with the Mumford & Sons reference..


Banjov1 - Posted - 09/26/2013:  22:15:23


quote:

Originally posted by dmiller

 
quote:



(edited to add - - -)  I see he DOESN'T plant the ring finger!  approve




 







Actually it might not seem like it because he's moving around a lot in this clip, but he DOES plant the ring finger and if you ever ask him about planting the ring finger, he's a big proponent 


Banjov1 - Posted - 09/26/2013:  22:18:58



dmiller - Posted - 09/26/2013:  22:22:32


Banjov1 - -  OK.  I stand corrected.  It sure looked to me

like he didn't, but I've never met him to ask about it.  If he

says he does, he does.  Thanks for the correction.  smiley


EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 09/26/2013:  22:38:35


Mike has been near or at the top my "underappreciated banjo players" list for many years.  I'm glad he has been getting more recognition lately as part of Dirty Kitchen, and I am very glad to hear that he won the much deserved IBMA award.


BanjoFlyboy - Posted - 09/26/2013:  22:45:40


Well, I've got to admit I really didn't know Mike Munford and could easily have associated him as a Mumford.  However, after reading the above comments I decided to take a look and listen.  Blown away is the only way I can describe the experience!  I love 'da Blues and Bluegrass and they mix and match the two to perfection.  Congratulations to Mike on winning IBMA's Banjo Picker Award!  big


Dingoman25 - Posted - 09/27/2013:  00:52:51


quote:

Originally posted by dmiller

 
quote:


Originally posted by Dale Morris

 


Mumford & Sons are a creative and talented bunch of fellows, however, I certainly would not call them bluegrass or call their banjo player a bluegrass banjo player. Maybe the IBMA needs to re-work their label...








I'm smiling here.  Mike MUNFORD has nothing to do with MUMFORD and sons.  The difference is the M versus the N in their names (after the U), and a "play on words" was what the above post was all about.  I agree with your assessment of Mumford and sons, and Mike Munford is in a different class all together and completely worthy of the award given by the IBMA.  Mumford and sons are not.




(edited to add - - -)  I see he DOESN'T plant the ring finger!  approve










Watching this vid, and the one posted by jwoods, it's clear to see why he won!



Terrific player. So are the whole group.


warpdrive - Posted - 09/27/2013:  04:35:11


what a great choice, about time a totally evolved banjo picker was chose again, was getting so sick of the usual suspects! worked a show with mike back in 05 over at seven springs ski resort in pa, what a great guy, he sat in the audience and watched our sets the day they were there, the guy loves to jam, and loves to swap licks and knowledge, cant remember enjoying meeting a more affable person and picker, congrats mike!

5-Picker Tim - Posted - 09/27/2013:  06:07:07


Bravo!

big bird - Posted - 09/27/2013:  06:55:37


Not only is Mike a great banjo player but one of the best luthier's, out there, he brought out sound's of my RB-250 that I didn't know existed, receiving this award was well over-due. Congratulation's MIKE!

Big Bird
(Bob Gray)

Oldtwanger - Posted - 09/27/2013:  10:28:37


Congratulations to Mike on such a well-deserved honor.

Here's a sample of Mike all by himself that demonstrates the depth of his abilities.  He was trying one of my banjos.





banjohangout.org/myhangout/med...archived=


Ron Stewart - Posted - 09/27/2013:  10:36:09


Congrats Mike! Mike is a great banjo player who has been under the radar for many years. Mike is a super guy and fun to talk banjos with. Again, congrats Mike!
Ron Stewart

Jack Baker - Posted - 09/27/2013:  15:23:06


Hi Ron,


My Brother Derek took lessons with Mike years ago at Baltimore Bluegrass in Maryland and loved it. Mike is outstanding as a person and as a player. I've met him a few times at a festival in Delaware and a festival in NJ somewhere and also at Winterhawk. A really nice Gent and a great player...Jack


 


 


 


 


:


Originally posted by Ron Stewart



Congrats Mike! Mike is a great banjo player who has been under the radar for many years. Mike is a super guy and fun to talk banjos with. Again, congrats Mike!

Ron Stewart





 


montanamike - Posted - 09/27/2013:  15:32:30


Super cool guy and outstanding player.



 



 



 



 



 


fatdaddyo6 - Posted - 09/28/2013:  04:25:42


A truly deserved accounting, congratulations Mike

DbBanjo - Posted - 09/28/2013:  06:55:00


Howdy,


  Frankie: I couldn't agree more!  Mike M. is one of the best examples of how good a banjo player can become with hard work & a great attitude!


                      Marc B. (DbBanjo)


quote:


Originally posted by revellfa

 

He deserves it. That guy is fantastic. Met him once recently, he's a nice fella. I got to play his original prewar flathead RB-75. Nice, nice banjo.







 


lazyarcher - Posted - 09/28/2013:  07:17:29


Congratulations Mike..well deserved is an understatement!!


MrManners - Posted - 09/28/2013:  08:11:17


Great player,good to see such talent( in the chordal and melodic style vien),get recognized. Brings to mind my memories of Courtney Johnson era Newgrass,something few could ever do so well-Tom

Jon Hankley - Posted - 09/28/2013:  08:42:27


Mike Munford is sooo deserving of this!!! What a fantastic player.

Banjo Bob Anderson - Posted - 10/16/2013:  16:56:03


Congratulations, Mike!
I've been hanging around bluegrass for 40 plus years, and bought and sold a ton of great banjos. Along the way, I've been privileged to meet many great players, especially when I used to have a booth selling banjos at IBMA years ago.

When asked who I considered among the great TONE players, I always include Mike Munford. He's also a great guy, a great picker, and a great appreciator of banjo tone.

Cool to see a great picker selected who is not fronting a big name touring band, too--just for inspiration to us peasants!!

"Banjo Bob" Anderson



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