The inaugural event in the Southern Folklife Collection Instrument Series, The Banjo: Southern Roots American Branches is coming up in just three days. Many people have asked for a schedule of the daytime symposium in Wilson Library. Please see below. Tickets are still available for the free concert, Saturday August 25 in Memorial Hall on UNC’s campus, featuring master pickers Tony Trischka, Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Riley Baugus with Kirk Sutphin. This is a free but ticketed event. Contact the Memorial Hall Box Office, 919.843.3333 for information.
Banjo Symposium – Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
10:00am: Phillip Gura, UNC Professor of American Studies; Author of America’s Instrument: The Banjo in the 19th Century
10:45am: Coffee break
11:00am: Bob Carlin, Musician and Author of The Birth of the Banjo & Jim Mills, musician (Ricky Scaggs, Vince Gill) Six time winner of IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award.
11:30am: Robert Cantwell, UNC Professor of American Studies; Author of Bluegrass Breakdown
12:15pm – 2:00pm: lunch
2:00pm: Stephen Wade, Musician and Author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience
2:45 – Coffee break
3:00pm: Panel discussion–Laurent Dubois, Duke Professor of Romance Studies and History; Cecelia Conway, Appalachian State University Professor of English; Author of African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia; Dom Flemons, musician (Carolina Chocolate Drops)
4:00pm – End
7:30pm: Concert in UNC Memorial Hall