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Round Peak Clawhammer Banjo with Adam Hurt
November 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Handmade Music School presents Round Peak Clawhammer Banjo with Adam Hurt at the Floyd Country Store on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 3:00-4:30pm. Cost is $30.
Join us as we explore the clawhammer banjo style of Tommy Jarrell, the legendary source musician from Surry County, North Carolina. We will learn a couple of characteristic tunes from Tommy’s playing, developing a sense of his distinctive musical aesthetic as we do so. Participants will enjoy the detail in these tune settings and get added benefit from learning several of Tommy’s signature “licks,” which can be used beyond our case-study repertoire to add color to any tune.
This workshop will be geared towards intermediate to advanced players. To get the most out of this workshop, you should have a solid command of the fundamentals of the clawhammer style, including drop-thumbing, as we will not be reworking basic technique. All material will be taught by ear in the traditional manner, so please bring a recording device along with your steel-strung banjo and a capo if you use one to access the keys of A and D.
About Adam Hurt
Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center, conducted banjo and fiddle workshops at many venues around the country and abroad, and been featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter. Since moving south in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, including three first-place finishes at Clifftop, and he has claimed several state banjo and fiddle championships.