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5th Annual Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival

Posted by Cathy Fink on Friday, April 15, 2011


Mike Seeger Commemorative


CONCERT - Saturday July 16, 2011 7:30PM



Bruce Molsky  Buddy Wachter  Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

The Hot Seats


Old Time Banjo Festival Workshops
WHEN: Sunday July 17
WHERE: At House of Musical Traditions (our lessons studio and Airshow Studio, both next door to our shop)
FEE: $40.00 per session

Intermediate/Advanced Clawhammer Banjo with Bruce Molsky -- 12:00-2:00 pm 
Dig into the nuts and bolts of old-time clawhammer banjo! We'll use a couple of great old tunes to explore ornamentation, melody, timing and playing clean and strong. Bruce will also share some tips from some of his own banjo heroes, like Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham.

Introduction to 4-String Banjo with Buddy Wachter -- 12:00-2:00 pm 
Perfect for players of guitar, 5-string banjo and other stringed instruments who want to get a sense of how they can add the 4-string banjo to their musical talents. Buddy will give an introduction to various styles of 4-string banjo playing and then show techniques that will get you started. Bring a 4-string banjo & flatpick. Limited banjos will be available to borrow from HMT; mention when registering if you need one. If you own more than one and would like to bring it for someone else to use, mention that as well!

3-finger Banjo In Old Time Settings with The Hot Seats -- 2:30-4:30 pm 
If you already play some clawhammer and wonder how to add fingerpicking to your banjo playing, this workshop is for you. The Hot Seats play both styles; sometimes at once (on 2 banjos). You'll learn some 3-finger picking basics and context for working that in to old time music. Workshop will be combination instruction and jam session.

Jazz on 4 Strings (Intermediate/Advanced 4-string banjo or tenor guitar) 
with Buddy Wachter -- 2:30-4:30 pm
Learn 2 chordal arrangements of standard popular jazz/swing tunes on 4 String Banjo or tenor guitar. This could change your life!

For more information on the Old Time Banjo Festival, including a concert at the Birchmere July 16, see

Contact HMT to register at or 301-270-9090. Or you can download our registration form and either email, fax or mail back to us (contact info is on the form). If it is less than 3 days before the workshop, we recommend you call us at 301-270-9090 to register. (Register early -- workshops can often fill up!) We ask for payment information with your registration -- either a credit card number or check -- which is processed shortly before the workshop. This holds your space and helps us guarantee attendance to the instructor.


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