Posted by bevans on Sunday, May 25, 2008
It's been a while since I've been able to post a note to this homepage - it's been a hectic couple of months. Megan Lynch and I toured in England, Scotland and Ireland for three weeks in March - and we had a fantastic time! We've got lots of pictures of our adventures on our MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/billevansandmeganlynch. Megan and I are working on a new CD, recording in Nashville with producer Steve Mougin from Sam Bush's band. We're incredibly excited about this new project and we hope to have this available by early fall. We'll also be at the upcoming California Bluegrass Music Association Music Camp and we'll be playing on Friday afternoon at their Father's Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley. Then in the following week, we'll be in Weiser, Idaho at the National Fiddle Championships teaching workshops, performing and judging. Later in July, we'll play a couple of concerts in southern California, with more to follow. And, if we can work it all out, we'll be heading back to England in October.
It's camp season. Banjo Camp North was a blast - as always. Thanks to my great friends Bruce and Kelly Stockwell for picking me up and delivering me back to those Northeast airports! Coming up is the MIdwest Banjo Camp in early June, followed by the CBA Camp in Grass Valley, then Camp Bluegrass in Texas, NashCamp in Tennessee and the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop in Canada. I'll also be giving two days of workshops in late August in Idaho.
The workshop/camp highlight of each year is the annual NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat. This is an event that I co-produce with Sonny Osborne and Cindy Sinclair. This year, our camp is scheduled for October 17-19 and we've got an incredible lineup that includes J. D. Crowe, Alan Munde, Ned Luberecki, Charlie Cushman and Frank Neat, along with Sonny and myself.
By now, many of you have probably have heard that I've become guardian of a new prewar banjo - it's an early 1933 flathead Granada, serial number 9522-25. You can check out a couple of pictures on this page and I'll be adding more soon. It's an amazing, amazing instrument. I'd like to thank my good friend, mentor and soulmate Sonny Osborne for paving the way for this acquisition. I can't wait to get into the recording studio and play this on a festival stage. Mike Munford, a good friend for many years and a great player from the Baltimore area, is the owner of my -75, which had been my main banjo for many years.
You can find complete details on camps, concerts, workshops and other happenings on the Schedule page at http://www.nativeandfine.com. Thanks to everyone for your kind and generous support over these last few months and for your friendship. It's what makes this community so special!
Now, let's pick!
on “Catching up....”
Monday, May 26, 2008 @5:22:23 AM
Having seen and heard you and Megan a CD will be a wonderful thing .Looking forward to it whenever.
The line-up for Banjo camp at Naschcamp is just ridiculous !
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @4:47:58 AM
Bill - Good seeing you at BCN - thanks for the pointers on the pull-off (or "hammer-off" as I need to think of it as.......) That Chief sounded REALLY good man!
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