Two-Finger Banjo with Travis Stuart

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The Handmade Music School presents Two-Finger Banjo with Travis Stuart on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:00pm EDT. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is $1 to $100 (suggested donation of $15).

This class will explore two-finger banjo styles from Western North Carolina. We will focus on thumb lead and up picking styles, and also go over some chord progressions for backing up waltzes in classical banjo tuning.

Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a young teen in Haywood County, North Carolina. A respected banjo player and multi-instrumentalist known for his rich style and accompaniment, Travis has toured throughout the US and several foreign countries with the Stuart Brothers and as a side man with other bluegrass and old time bands. He learned from old-time masters like the Smathers family, Oscar “Red” Wilson, Snuffy Jenkins, Byard Ray, and Tommy Hunter. Travis currently teaches in the old-time music program at ETSU and has led the Haywood County JAM for many years. He is on a number of recordings and is especially known for the banjo fiddle duets with his late brother Trevor, The Stuart Brothers. Travis lives in the woods of Haywood County with his family, his dog and cat, and loves many styles of music.

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