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Bill Evans Concerts and Workshops In Oregon & Washington, January 18-20, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hi friends! I'll be heading up I-5 from my California home for three concerts and two workshops in Portland, Oregon & Seattle and Bellingham, Washington this coming weekend. For this year's "Banjo in America" shows, I'll be bringing even more banjos than usual, including a prewar flathead '30 Granada and a '30 flathead style-3 Gibson, a Cole Eclipse and Vega Whyte Laydie #7 from the early 20th century and three Jim Hartel 19th century banjo replicas.. My banjo workshops are topics oriented: "Working Up Fiddle Tunes" and "Up The Neck Back Up." Tab examples will be provided for everything that I teach in both sessions. These are open to all levels past total newbies and it's likely that there will just be a few folks in these sessions, which makes it ideal for lots of one-on-one teaching at these sessions.

These will likely be my only appearances in the Northwest for this year. I hope you'll consider joining me! Here's all of the details:

Friday, January 18: Portland, OR, The Banjo in America at Abbie Weisenbloom's Amazing House Concert series in Inner SE Portland. Potluck at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30. Suggested donation is $15-25. Contact Abbie at 503-233-4945 or for info. Reservations recommended as this show often sells out.

This concert will also be broadcast live on Concert Window at 8 p.m. Pacific Time. You can watch from anywhere you have an Internet connection! Click on the Concert Window link to be taken live to Abbie's living room!

Saturday, January 19: Portland, OR, Bluegrass Banjo Workshops at Claire Levine's in NE Portland home. "Working Up Fiddle Tunes" from 10 am to noon and "Up The Neck Bluegrass Backup" from 1 to 3 p.m. $45 each session. Reservations required by emailing to or phone 503-830-3453. Sessions are open to all levels past total newbies.

Saturday, January 19: Seattle, WA House Concert at the home of Carolyn D'Albora in North Ravenna, 8 p.m. concert, doors at 7:30. Suggested donatoin $25. Email or phone 206-245-0875 for reservations and info. Only ten seats remain for this performance.

Sunday, January 20: Bellingham, WA, Nancy's Farm, 2030 E Smith Road, 2 p.m. concert. Suggested donation $18. Contact 360-739-5651 for reservations.

Thanks folks! I'll attach a full description of the Portland workshops to this post for you to check out.

All the best,

Bill Evans

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1930 TB flathead Gibson Granada, converted to a five-string with a Frank Neat neck; a 1908 Cole Eclipse, a 1908 Whyte Ladie #7, three Jim Hartel minstrel replicas, 2 Osborne Chiefs, 2 Deering, and 1 ekonting! Hey, they're all related to my job!

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I've been playing banjo professionally since 1976 and am thankful for the many great experiences I've had playing bluegrass and the many folks that I've met along the way. I am lucky to count among my mentors and teachers such great players as Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Alan Munde, J. D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne.<br><br> I teach private lessons to students at all levels out of my home in Albany, CA and present workshops literally all across the world. I have three solo CDs available, "Native and Fine" (1995) on Rounder, "Bill Evans Plays Banjo" (2001) & "In Good Company" (2012) on my own Native and Fine Records label. My most recent releases are "Fine Times At Fletcher's House" (2013) and "Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us" (2016), recorded with the late Chattanooga, Tennessee fiddler Fletcher Bright. I also appear on CDs by Dry Branch Fire Squad, Suzanne Thomas, the Bluegrass Intentions and Due West. I love teaching, whether it's groups or individual folks. Chris Pandolfi (Infamous String Dusters), Greg Liszt (Bruce Springsteen, Crooked Still), Eric Yates (Hot Buttered Rum Band) and Jayme Stone are among some of the professional players that I've helped over the years. I've produced four instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications, three DVDs for Homespun Tapes and one for the Murphy Method. I've authored a few books during these last several years, including "Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies," "Banjo For Dummies," "Parking Lot PIckers Songbook, Banjo Edition" and "Absolute Beginners Banjo." I also teach at several camps each year, including the Swannanoa Gathering and I produce my own camp, the New Mexico Banjo Camp, in April of each year. You can learn more about me and access my touring schedule by visiting

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