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Sunday, March 29, 2020

I hope you're all healthy and staying sane in these troubled times!  It's been a while since my last blog mostly because I've been busy on the road with Mile Twelve (for lack of a better excuse). As you might have guessed, the bands shows have all been canceled and we are looking at a pretty quiet few months ahead. With some unexpected free time, I'm excited to jump back into teaching by offering banjo lessons online. I hope that some of you will be able to find time for music in the weeks and months ahead and if so, please consider scheduling a lesson in the perfectly safe online world of zoom.  Online lessons are a bit different from in-person lessons since we can't play together. But the accountability of having regular lessons is always helpful. And the benefit of technique feedback, efficient practice routines, new tunes, scales and licks has proven useful for students I've previously taught online. With a decent wifi network and webcam on your computer or device, you are good to go.  

If lessons aren't for you, Mile Twelve has some new T-shirts, hats and of course music available on our band STORE. And we'll be posting plenty of videos and news updates on all our band social media platforms. I hope you'll stay in touch.   Many thanks!  BB

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Playing Since: 2003
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Occupation: Musician

Gender: Female
Age: 33

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1927 Gibson RB3, 2004 Heartland

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Born in the small town of Marton, New Zealand, Catherine "BB" Bowness spent her early years working and living in her family's Fish-and-Chip shop. Although an unlikely origin for a bluegrass banjo player, New Zealand would offer BB her first introduction to the instrument, sparking a lifelong love and fascination. A world away from the heart of bluegrass, BB spent much of her childhood teaching herself the instrument, and through dedication and tenacity became New Zealand School of Music's first banjo student. Inspired by her New Zealand predecessors, The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, BB was always drawn to the five-piece full band, and after heading to America in 2012 she co-founded her current group, Mile Twelve. Immersing herself in the traditions of bluegrass and having studied jazz performance at university, BB's banjo playing is an exciting synthesis of new and old ideas. "She demonstrates a command of the instrument, and plays with great rhythmic clarity both in the traditional and progressive realms. J.D. Crowe co-mingles with the future," says Tony Trischka. Her euphoric energy and love of the genre are readily apparent in any of her live performances. Currently, BB lives in Cambridge, MA. Mile Twelve has won numerous IBMA awards, including 2020 New Artists of the Year and 2017 Momentum Band of the Year. BB won the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo contest and was a winner of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020.

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