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Bill Keith Takes Home the Coveted Brown Jug Award

Bill KeithWell folks, once again it’s time for the Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree’s Brown Jug Award. The Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them (unlike this year’s recipient), their impact was only regional in nature.

New York Banjo Summit Returns for October 2013 Tour

New York Banjo Summit 2013Many of the world’s most influential bluegrass banjo players – all with ties to New York - will reunite to perform a “Banjo Summit” in a limited concert tour of the East Coast in October 2013. The tour, coordinated by “The Egg” Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY, follows the success of its Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 runs to play 11 shows from October 2 through 13.

Banjo Master Tony Trischka Wins USA Fellowship and Grant

Tonyt TrischkaHailed as one of the most innovative and respected musicians in his field for over 40 years, banjo master Tony Trischka has been awarded a $50,000 USA Fellowship grant from United States Artists. Every year, United States Artists invites leaders in nearly every artistic discipline to submit names of artists they believe show extraordinary talent and commitment to their craft.

The New York Banjo Summit Pickers to Tour in January

NY Banjo Summit TourMany of the world’s most influential five-string banjo players – all with ties to New York State - will re-unite to perform a “Banjo Summit” in a limited five-concert tour of the East Coast from January 16-20. 2013. The New York Banjo Summit featuring Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Richie Stearns and Noam Pikelny will bour the northeast this January.

California Banjo Extravaganza with Bill Keith, Alan Munde, Bill Evans Nov 16-18

Bill Keith, Alan Munde & Bill EvansBluegrass music banjo artist/instructor/composer Bill Evans wants to let you know about three northern California concerts and an afternoon of workshops featuring banjo legends Bill Keith & Alan Munde, along with Bill that is happening November 16-18 in northern California.

Boston Bluegrass Union Announces 2012 Heritage Award Winners

Boston Bluegrass UnionBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 BBU Heritage Awards. The awards are presented each year by the BBU to honor those who have made substantial contributions to furthering bluegrass music in New England. The awards will be presented during the 27th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Presidents Day Weekend, February 17-19, 2012, at the Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA.

Joe Val Bluegrass Music Festival, February 17-19, Selling Fast

27th Joe Val FestivalBoston, MA -- In 1962, New England musicians Jim Rooney (then a graduate student at Harvard University) and Bill Keith (stationed at the Boston Army Base) began performing regularly at Club 47 - now Passim. Rooney was the congenial frontman and vocalist, while Keith was a dedicated student of Earl Scruggs's banjo style. Their live performances, coupled with the release of their classic 1963 album Livin' on the Mountain, not only galvanized the nascent New England bluegrass scene - it also revolutionized bluegrass on an international scale, as word spread rapidly of Keith's remarkable new melodic banjo technique. Keith demonstrated this breakthrough - which enabled banjo players to play fiddle tunes note-for-note and subsequently inspired such groundbreaking pioneers as Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck - more widely the following year, when he hit the road as featured banjoist with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music.

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