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Aug 1, 2021 - 4:43:39 PM
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American Banjo Fraternity (ABF) Fall Classic Banjo Rally September 30th to October 2nd, 2021 in Newark, NY (near Rochester).

We are excited to announce the Fall 2021 Rally has been scheduled (pending unforeseen doom)! The rally theme is “Play Your Favorites”.

All are invited to learn about and play what we call “classic style banjo”. Rally attendance is free.

Come to hear banjos, get playing advice, and learn about nylon string setups. This is one of the few places where you can meet and talk with experts in 5-string banjo history and historical styles with a living link to the past. This is the only event dedicated to the special interest of classic style banjo.

Membership is optional (though I might try to talk you into joining).

Special rate on rooms for Rally attendees. For reservations contact the Newark Garden Inn, 125 N. Main St. Newark, NY 41513, (315) 331-9500.

The American Banjo Fraternity is a special interest group focused on the living tradition of fingerstyle or “classic” (nylon/gut strung) banjo, tracing a direct link back to the earliest professional banjoists. We play the banjo style that was celebrated from the late 1850s up to the 1920s.

Learn more at or contact the Executive Secretary Joel Hooks at with any questions.

Aug 1, 2021 - 7:13:41 PM
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R Buck


2971 posts since 9/5/2006

Many years ago they used to meet in Lewisburg PA (I think). I had a friend who attended. He was known as a bluegrass player but liked what the group did. He showed me printed material he got there and it was real interesting. He passed away nearly 20 years ago. Glad to see they are still meeting.

Aug 2, 2021 - 6:44:05 AM
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328 posts since 4/14/2014

I'm sincerely hoping to attend. This will be my first time doing so.

Aug 2, 2021 - 6:57:16 AM

6423 posts since 9/21/2007

R Buck , Lewistown, PA I think, that was before my time. When I joined we were having them in Boiling Springs, PA but the venue closed, was sold at auction, then remodeled to price us out of going there.

Aug 2, 2021 - 8:00:59 AM

11002 posts since 4/23/2004

I'm excited to attend. I've been a member for many years but the long drive and work, etc., kept me from going.

13hr drive...I'll probably split that up.

Aug 8, 2021 - 4:19:36 PM
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14474 posts since 8/30/2006

Keep up this good work and music

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