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The Handmade Music School presents Recipes from the Blue Ridge Banjo Kitchen with Mac Traynham on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:00 EDT. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is a minimum contribution of $5 (suggested donation of $15).

How to Make Your Clawhammer Stew Taste More Traditional

Using a word picture approach, Mac will demonstrate several tunes and techniques from Blue Ridge masters of the past that can help your Clawhammer stew taste more traditional. Non-melodic ingredients such as tunings, rhythms and drones when mixed with variations of the basic right and left hand techniques can create a flavor that will make your stew appeal to anyone’s musical appetite.

Clawhammer Banjo Tunes to Demo:

aDADE Shootin Creek
Tommy Love
Johnson Boys
Old Jimmy Sutton
Yellow Cat

aEAC#E Sourwood Mountain
Cluck ol Hen
Pretty Little Girl (JB’s Dream)
Dineo (Sail Away Ladies)
Buffalo Gals

Mac Traynham is an accomplished fiddler and banjo player as well as a fine guitar player and singer. Influenced by well known and obscure musicians of the past, Mac has developed a hard-driving style of playing which keeps the rhythm going strongly and delights dancers! He teaches at numerous music camps and has won many ribbons from various Fiddler’s Conventions.

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