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A travelin', ramblin' banjoist

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Saturday, October 18, 2008

I do a fair amount of business travel and as a result, I have had the benefit of playing in old-time music jams in a number of cities across the United States.

In fact, in this past year, I have had local musicians come to my hotel and take me to the jam sessions. It happened in Philadelphia, Dallas and a few weeks ago in Las Vegas.

On Sunday, I leave for a four-day business trip to Toronto, and as a result, I have been invited to a jam on Wednesday night.

Most of the time, I don't even carry a banjo on the plane, because airlines are unpredictable on their carryon policies, and a loaned banjo is waiting for me. This coming trip is an exception as I am carrying a nice short-scale travel banjo on the plane with me. (Thank you, Tommy George, of Somerville, Tenn.)

So how do you find these jams? Well, just do an internet search via yahoo or google and type in old-time music and the town and you'll either find an organization or string band with email addresses. Just start emailing folks and tell them that you are a visting old-time musician, in my case a clawhammer banjo player, and are hoping to sit in with some local musicians.

Anyway, I have had great success at doing this and have made some friends along the way. My most memorable jam of this nature: The Cobblestone Inn in Dublin. They were playing only American old-time music and they had a chair waiting for me. Naturally, I had a blast.

2 comments on “A travelin', ramblin' banjoist”

lapso77 Says:
Saturday, October 18, 2008 @10:03:25 AM

It's good advice....travelled from the uk to las vegas last easter and had the peasure of playing with the Nevada  old time fiddlers & Henderson acoustic jam, through a little internet searching......if you played with them then you'll know Lynn baldwin is a top guy. I had an irish tenor with me, but played all kinds of stuff & everyone was so friendly, made it the trip of a lifetime

FretlessinTexas Says:
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @9:04:45 AM

Such good advice that Mr. Smart Guy here is sitting at home this morning and not in Toronton as planned because I learned at the airport that my passport had expired.

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