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Bluegrass in Uzbekistan on the 4th of July

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Jul 14, 2019 - 4:49:37 AM
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618 posts since 1/5/2007

Hello, my dear banjo friends!
My name is Janna and I'm a banjo player from Uzbekistan, the only banjo player in the entire country. Good people from this forum presented me my Nechville Athena banjo some years ago, it was amazing and I still play it and try to learn how to play american music by myself through the internet. And from that time I'm like a banjo ambassador in my country)) 
Some days ago the American Embassy in Uzbekistan choose me to perform American folk music on the 4th of July Independence Day Celebration and I was very happy and created a little "bluegrass band" with my good friends here - Drummer named Ruslan and Ukulele player named Kamilla. They agreed to play with me on that day and I played many of my bluegrass songs I learned. We had some rehersals before our performance and it was a great experience for me! I told them how to play better and created arrangements and we played it together! And I also played banjo and sang in microphone!
Of course I understand that my band is not like real bluegrass bands, but it is very hard to find musicians for the real bluegrass band because noone of them knows what is bluegrass and noone plays bluegrass. Especially there are no fiddle playes, only violinists, and no bluegrass mandolin players.
My drummer Ruslan is rock drummer, we played together in my old rock band, so I know he's great and he understands what I want from him and plays how I want. Kamilla is actually a piano and keyboard player, but she has a madnolin and plays it with me, sometimes (about 1 time in few years)))

Finally the Independance Day had come. US Embassy send a car for us, and let us to rehersal on the stage before the evening starts. They was very kind, smiley and positive, so I like these people, I'm happy they was supporting me, because bluegrass isn't popular and just unknown in my country.

The sound was so bad on the stage so we couldn't hear each other... We tried to do our best, but we even didn't understaned what happened and how we played!
But then some people said it was good. Some people shot us on phones as something strange and uniqueblush

Dear friends, I found and posted some videos from our performance and I need your opinion. I know all that I did bad, I notice my mistakes, but I was a little nervous because I usually play at home for myself and perform my banjo covers for a big audience is very unusual for me))) What do you think, I'm on the right way with my banjo music here on the opposite side of the Earth or no? What I need to do next?

I planned to record my banjo covers and make better videos of the full songs.


I also want to thank my friends and my lyrics correctors (because Enlish is not my native language, I speak Russian) - Big thanks to my American lyrics correctors  - @mike gregory and @JanetB for helping me in creating my own version of the lyrics for the song "The Streets Of Laredo" ! heart (I will record the full song and will post it for you, I hope soon!!!

And of course, for my American banjo friends, big late congratulations with the Independence Day of the USA!

Videos added:

Edited by - Janna on 07/14/2019 05:02:34

Jul 14, 2019 - 5:38:43 AM
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948 posts since 1/26/2011

Very well done! Congratulations on a great performance!!

Jul 14, 2019 - 5:43:36 AM
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6732 posts since 12/5/2007

Love it!

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:11:11 AM
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6276 posts since 6/27/2009

Hi Janna! Your videos show you can perform well. The banjo and your voice are great. You have a dream and a vision to pursue. You should feel encouraged after viewing these videos showing your hard-earned accomplishments!

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:49:20 AM
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400 posts since 5/19/2018

Very well done!!! Congranulations and ThAnk You for helping us to celebrate the birthday of our Nation. I am sure that those there were very appreciative to hear music from home.

Keep up the great work with your playing.

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:12:53 AM
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3291 posts since 1/2/2004

ALL those sound great, and the spirit of the musical performance must have been wonderful for everyone involved, musicians and audience. Thanks for sharing!


Jul 14, 2019 - 9:19:28 AM
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1253 posts since 4/13/2009
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Great work. Stay at it.

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:39:33 AM
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15574 posts since 6/5/2008

How nice to see and hear you play again. I can still recall the beginnings
and "Don't Forget Me, Baby." Good for you.

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:05:44 PM

10432 posts since 4/15/2012

Hey there, little Janna! It's good to see you back on BHO, and to hear you play again.

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:19:35 PM



42064 posts since 10/5/2013

Good going! Keep on playing and singing - very nice.

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:51:58 PM



618 posts since 1/5/2007

Thank you, dear friends! I'm happy to know you remember me, I love you and BHO, and to play banjo. Just most of the time I was very busy with work, so played banjo at home when I had periods with free time. Now I decided to try again to use banjo and more practice. You are very inspiring me all the time!!!

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:11:56 AM



9160 posts since 1/22/2003

Janna is always good… Nice to see you back.

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