The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) announced this month that Richard Jones-Bamman has won the SEM 2018 Klaus P. Wachsmann Prize for Advanced and Critical Essays in Organology award for his book Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World (University of Illinois, 2017).
"The artisans who build banjos for old-time music stand at an unusual crossroads -- asked to meet to modern musician's needs while retaining the nostalgic qualities so fundamental to the banjo's sound and mystique."
In Building New Banjos for an Old Time World, Richard Jones-Bamman explores the relationship between historic banjos and banjo builders, modern Old Time players, and luthiers today. The photo-illustrated book features interviews both makers and musicians to uncover how they work together to create instruments. Read a profile of Jones-Bamman on the SEM's website.
Jones-Bamman's interviews many banjo-builders and repairers who regularly attend the Banjo Gathering, including Pete Ross, Kevin Enoch, Jim Hartel, and Bob Smakula, as well as offering perspectives from players like Greg Adams, Bob Carlin, and Mary Marxer. At this year's Banjo Gathering, he will be moderating two panels of banjo builders, exploring these questions and more.
For those who missed the 20th Anniversary Banjo Gathering in Bristol, Virginia/ Tennessee, we are happy to share the concert courtesy of Radio Bristol here on our blog. Enjoy!
American Banjo Museum Banjo Fest
We are delighted to announce that two of our colleagues will be in the spotlight at the annual American Banjo Museum Banjo Fest at the American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, September 7-9, 2017.
Jim Bollman will be receiving the Jack Canine Award “for his lifelong dedication to the preservation of the banjo” at the Banjo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Bob Carlin will be performing Joel Sweeney tunes at the same ceremony, which will take place Friday, September 8. Bob will also be performing at the Banjo Fest on Saturday.
Please go to http://www.banjofest2017.com for schedule and registration information.
Bob Carlin's New Book
Jason Verlinde writes that everyone needs Bob Carlin's new book Banjo: An Illustrated History. You may have heard Bob talk about this project at previous Gatherings, and now you can hear a podcast interview with Bob from Fretboard Journal.
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